Burns: The Giftie Bard

Burns: The Giftie Bard celebrates the life, loves and letters of Burns through songs, tunes and words. It was first performed in 2009 for Homecoming Scotland! inaugurated to celebrate the work and legacy of Robert Burns. Researched and conducted by Alison Burns and performed by … Read more »

It’s a Land Girls’ Life

It’s a Land Girl’s Life is a performance that was I was commissioned to devise in 2011 by Shambellie House, Scotland’s National Museum of Costume, in order to celebrate the lives of members of the Scottish Women’s Land Army.  As part of the research I … Read more »

Longscar Sound Beacon

LONGSCAR is a solar powered sound installation. When approached, the movement sensor triggers the playing of the song I’ll be Watching This Shore by Alison Burns. “Longscar sound beacon was conceived by the German artist Reinhild Beuther. The sound sculpture is positioned on the highest point … Read more »

Macmath: The Silent page

Macmath: The Silent Page was commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival for performances as part of the 2015 festival.   A CD has now been made of the songs in the collection and we're looking forward to a launch in Edinburgh on 31st April as part of … Read more »

Saut Sea and Bonnie Ships

This performance was devised in 2007 with the intention of explore not only Britain’s, but more specifically Scotland’s and in particular Galloway’s seafaring past through traditional songs and narratives. Over the summer visiting workshop leaders, all specialists in their fields, worked with the choir to … Read more »

Scotland sings for water

A hot summer day in July. 300 singers from all over Scotland meet outside St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh to raise money for WaterAid. Everyone has learnt the songs from CDs over the previous months and everyone has raised at least £40 sponsorship to be … Read more »

The Raven – recording project

In 1997 Tony Bonning and Ali Burns wrote a song cycle for community choirs called The Raven. Tony Bonning is a mythologist and writer with a special interest in creation myths from Northern Hemisphere cultures and in The Raven he took ideas from all these … Read more »

The Returning

The Returning: A spectacular twilight event in the woodlands at Dumfries on 29th and 30th August 2015 featuring 300 singers performing some of the world’s oldest surviving songs and newly written pieces of vocal music. Singers from all over the UK will gather at twilight at the … Read more »