Sagas and Seascapes at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

by Nordic Viola in Dunblane, , United Kingdom

We did it
On 2nd May 2022 we successfully raised £2,180 with 58 supporters in 35 days

Help our musicians to bring Sagas and Seascapes live to an international audience and support new art for the show from Orla Stevens.

by Nordic Viola in Dunblane, , United Kingdom

New stretch target

Extending our target would allow us to record the music from the concert for a CD release in 2023/24.

Nordic Viola's popular Sagas and Seascapes has been selected as part of the Made In Scotland showcase at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As we bring this programme to an international audience we need your help to support our musicians in this first live multimedia performance with video by Craig Sinclair and to create stunning new artwork specially for Edinburgh by landscape artist Orla Stevens.

The Music


Norse stories form the inspiration for this programme. Award-winning Irish composer Linda Buckley’s Aud draws on the Icelandic Sagas. Lillie Harris’ Elsewhen seeks to capture the strangeness, wonder, and melancholy of Orkney’s ancient sites, whilst in Carry His Relics, Orkney composer Gemma McGregor describes a journey along the St Magnus Way. Faroese composer Eli Tausen á Lava draws on legends of the Selkies common across the North whilst his compatriot, Kári Bæk, depicts the sea in all its moods.

The Art


Sagas and Seascapes features a rich mix of images to accompany the music by Nordic composers and the influence of landscape and community. The landscape paintings were created by  artist Orla Stevens in response to Linda Buckley’s Aud, Lillie Harris’ Elsewhen and Gemma McGregor's Carry His Relics. We want to raise money for Orla to create more art in response to Eli Tausen á Lava's Tale of the Sealwoman in 10 Pictures, which explores this legend binding the cultures of the North Atlantic.

Our Ambitions

Our performance makes strong connections between the cultures of the North Atlantic and we are excited to make new international connections at the Festival Fringe and hope to travel in the future to Iceland, the Faroes and the wider Nordic and European area with our show. We look forward to keeping in touch with you all on this exciting journey.

What people have said about Sagas and Seascapes

"It is such beautiful music, and the images are woven into it so well, what a wonderful experience to listen and to view."

"really beautiful film, stories, art, nature, people and music - congratulations to everyone involved!"

"Check this wonderful concert out!"

You can see a preview excerpt of our performance here.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£30 or more

Going public

Framed A5 flyer for Sagas and Seascapes Performance, Nordic Viola mug and your name in the programme.

£10 or more

Start-up funder

Your name in the concert programme. Thank you for starting us on our journey to the Fringe

£20 or more

On our way

Nordic Viola Tote Bag and your name in the programme.

£50 or more

Poster art

Framed A4 poster by Orla Stevens for Sagas and Seascapes performance signed by artist and composers plus your name in the programme

£100 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Getting to know us

Open Rehearsal with the musicians - dates tbc plus your name in the programme

£150 or more

1 of 25 claimed

One for the Artlover

Limited edition, signed print of new painting by Orla Stevens plus your name in the programme

£200 or more

The corporate one

Your business logo on our website, poster and in the programme Opportunity to meet the performers

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

The Benefactor

Free music and art workshop with Katherine Wren and Orla Stevens for a school or community group of your choice, plus your name in the programme

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