Inspired by the park for composition

Folk musician Shona Mooney.
Folk musician Shona Mooney.
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A series of cultural performances set to inspire people to connect to the landscape of Northumberland National Park has been announced by folk musician Shona Mooney.

Shona is an acclaimed Borders fiddle player and one-time BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year, who has been commissioned by Newcastle University’s Northumbrian Exchanges to compose a piece of music inspired by the landscape and traditions of Northumberland and the Borders.

The commission, Sensing The Park, is intended to reflect the theme of Northumberland’s planned new landscape discovery centre, The Sill, which it is hoped will become a gateway to the National Park, offering an inspirational experience for everyone who visits.

As part of the development phase of The Sill, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Shona and her band, The Mosse Troopers, have launched a programme of cultural events, and they will be playing in Alwinton in March.

While writing the piece of music, Shona has spent time visiting different areas of the National Park to help inspire the atmospheric piece.

She said: “Our rich landscapes have inspired so many musicians. It is wonderful to see how culture and folk music can have a real connection with the natural world.”