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Press Reviews

Last One Out at the Edinburgh Festival Friinge, 2013

 

‘Both the force and the meaning of the piece reveal themselves gradually, and it takes quite a few minutes to work out what is going on. But this is a strength, not a failing, because it leads the audience on a journey in which the mysteries never quite resolve. The singing, especially [Matthew] Stiff’s commanding baritone, is exquisite, and the music brims with melancholic longing. This is an odd but memorable piece: short, involving and hauntingly beautiful.’
**** Scottish Daily Express

 

Gareth Williams’ music and Johnny McKnight’s libretto combine to produce an elusive, impressive tale of how the past continues to influence the present…The combination of the live and recorded sound is handled well; the whole piece is admirably directed by Amanda Gaughan, creating a real sense of creeping unease. All three vocal performers acquit themselves excellently; Matthew Stiff and Jennifer Neil, singing live, exhibit great emotional power, while Anita Vettesse’s recorded voice is eerily restrained…an absorbing piece with considerable poignancy.’
*** All Edinburgh Theatre

 

'It’s an elegant, highly charged production, with immaculate, superbly understated performances from singers Jennifer Neil and Matthew Stiff.

**** The List

 

‘This is a splendid work, haunting and simple. The score cleverly mixes live and recorded sounds…The harmonic textures and simple melodies with strong rhythmic underscoring for the string trio of Ysla Robertson, Emma Peebles and Emily Walker create a moving piece which deserves to be more widely heard.’
**** ScotsGay

 

 

Last One Out at the Sound Festival, 2012.

 

'The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh was the venue for another world premiere, Last One Out…Memories of tragic events affecting members of the same family over three generations were staged separately...Williams gave both elegance and eloquence to his blending of instruments and voices.’
The Herald ****
 

‘[Gareth] Williams’s radiant string score…brought warmth and light to the building’s chilly corners, and the two singers were beautifully understated yet powerful. What took it to another level, though, was the joy of piecing together the work’s two complimentary stories.’
The Scotsman *****