Laura Bowler

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  • First performance

    19th October 2021, Talea Ensemble, Juliet Fraser (soloist), The Lemon Tree, Sound Festival Aberdeen

  • Commissioned by

    Sound Festival, Spitalfields Music, Cheltenham Music Festival


Laura Bowler's Distance is a groundbreaking multimedia chamber work centred around flight, distance and how they both connect to our psychological distancing from our environment and how that affects people’s inability to act on climate change. The piece includes text by Timothy Ingold, British anthropologist and Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and includes verbatim text from interviews with the performers about their experiences of flight travel.

The premiere in 2021 saw soprano Juliet Fraser in Aberdeen, Scotland, joined by Talea Ensemble performing over livestream direct from New York.

Co-commissioned by sound, Spitalfields Music and Cheltenham Music Festival with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation,Hope Scott Trust and individual donors.

Full scoring:


Bass Flute doubling Piccolo
Bass Clarinet in Bb

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