creative team

Commissioned by The Edinburgh International Festival

In Partnership with The University of Edinburgh

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Peter Oundjian, Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell, Chorus master 


Leon Baugh

59 Productions Team

Creative Director
Richard Slaney

Animation Director
Nicol Scott

Chris Plant

Aaron Brady
Peter Dobes
Marco Sandeman
Lawrence Watson

Sound Design
Thomas Hackley

Lighting Design
Leo Woolcock

Production Manager
James Roxburgh

Max Spielbichler

Line Producer
Akhila Krishnan

Assistant Designer
Betsy Dadd

Junior Animator & Data Wrangler
Raphael Pimlott

Documentary Camera
Dougie Walker

Ciaran Smith
Oliver Salonen
George Mikrogiannakis


(Photographs by Eoin Carey)

Related Projects

The Harmonium Project

Edinburgh Festival Chorus, The Royal Scottish National Opera, University of Edinburgh

The Harmonium Project was a free outdoor event marking the opening of the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival and the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. Created by 59 Productions, the event combined John Adams’s mesmerising choral work Harmonium with a series of spectacular animations, projected onto the outside of the Usher Hall, with an audience of almost 20,000 people gathering on Festival Square to view the transformation of this much loved Festival venue.

Working with the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, the project examines the effects singing has on both the performer and the listener.

A recording of Harmonium formed the soundtrack to this spectacular event, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus conducted by Peter Oundjian. 

See more about the project on:

BBC Arts

The Guardian
The Telegraph
The List

What's On Stage

The Times


(Photographs by Murdo McLeod)