Ocean Terminal Residency with Erik Petrie


Back in early January, the EQ joined forces with the talented artist Erik Petrie, in a unique collaboration, which saw them take up residence at Ocean Terminal shopping centre in Leith; with the aim of placing the Quartet repertoire in a brand-new and hugely exciting context. Erik worked diligently alongside the EQ as they rehearsed and played concerts for the public; and also ran workshops for schools and artists in free, drop-in events. Children and adults alike enjoyed learning about classical music from the EQ, and about expression through art from Erik.

Erik responded to the music as he worked; ultimately creating a stunning visual expression of the repertoire.

Photos by Julie Farrell

Some responses from Taobh na Pàirce Primary School:

“Many thanks again, the children got so much out of it and were talking about it for days afterwards.  Very inspiring indeed!” 

“I really enjoyed using the expressions that I found from the music and putting it into artwork.  Other people gave me good ideas.” 

“I really liked drawing what we felt the music sounded like and what it reminded me of.  I really liked the landscape picture that Erik did.” 

The five-day residency culminated in a an arresting concert from the EQ; beautifully framed by the striking final pieces from Erik. The audience was treated to an overview of the residency from the EQ and a discussion with Erik about his process and his approach to this particular project, making it a thoroughly engaging event.

The artwork will be on display at the Queen’s Hall concert on Monday 27 March.

“The Quartet’s practiced understanding is evident in close-up as leading passages flow across the instruments. And at close quarters, the group’s quiet passion is transmitted to the audience, not distracting from the music in any way, but adding to the listener’s experience of the music. Behind them, Petrie’s large canvases vividly express the kinetic joy of the performance in slashes of blue and pink.” – The Fountain, 17.01.17

The Edinburgh Quartet gratefully acknowledges the support from Creative Scotland in funding this project.