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Walking, Singing, Listening

Multiple times: 16 — 18 June 2021
Coille Ìosal, IV51 9QH
Free but ticketed

Richy aiming a microphone towards the ground at Coille Ìosal

We do not just hear sounds; we hear in sounds. Sound is like a smirring rain, a hazy, swirling continuous song that we are a part of, and apart from. There are lots of different ways of listening to sounds, each of which open up different ways of hearing the world, because listening is listening and responding. Listening, like lichen, is symbiotic.

Composer Richy Carey will lead a series of listening and singing walks. Take part by performing a series of instruction scores – short, semi-improvised compositions about listening, which anyone can perform, using our voices to sound out the world around us, and to listen for what we hear echoed back. We will wander up Coille Ìosal, a short, undulating forest walk beginning at Braes Hall and ending at the top of the hill, looking out across Ben Tianavaig and the Sound of Raasay.

The arc of the singing and listening exercises will echo the landscapes we walk though, stopping along the way to perform works by composers who use instruction scores to bring people together to pay attention to each other, and to the world around them, through sound.

Richy Carey is a composer who lives in the Isle of Skye. He works collaboratively with artists and communities to create soundtracks and soundscapes – making communal sounds that explore ecologies of authorship, agency and empathy through listening and sounding together. He was Glasgow’s UNESCO City of Music artist in residence 2018, has a BAFTA New Talent award and is finishing a PhD about film sound at Glasgow University.

Free, spaces limited, all ages, no pets, booking essential


16th June: 6pm ↗ 17th June: 4pm ↗ 18th June: 2pm ↗


Access: dress for the weather and bring midge protection. Walks will only be cancelled in high wind. There are occasional steep gradients along the walk, and we will make some detours off the path to sites from which we will perform the scores. Coille Iòsal is marked as a grade 1 of 5 on Walk Highlands.

General information

There will be a mobile phone, first aider, first aid kit, water and blankets available at all locations, please ask a member of the team if you need anything or feel unwell at any point.

A Portable Hearing Loop is available at all events. Please speak to a member of staff at the event if you’d like a discrete transmitter for your hearing aid. 2 are available.

If we can make it easier for you to attend this event or help with access please get in touch with in advance of the event/talk.

Places are extremely limited for these events due to COVID-19. We would kindly ask you to let us know if you have booked a ticket but can no longer attend to allow someone else to join.

COVID-19 Note: We kindly ask that everyone keeps a distance of 2m between themselves and those outside their household at these events. Bring along a face covering for wearing indoors. ATLAS will provide hand sanitiser and will be following all Scottish Government COVID regulations for events.

If you have any questions or concerns related to COVID-19 guidelines, email