We have a rich tapestry of music this year, across the spectrum from western to classical, electronic to choral.
The Western music legends Riders in the Sky are taking part in two events telling stories of science – and giving a full concert as well.
The Scottish composer Eddie McGuire is joining us to celebrate his 75th birthday with a showing of three films that provide the first performance of all five of his astronomy-influenced compositions together.
Two more composers, Michael Oliva and Stuart Macrae, will conduct performances of their music in a concert in St Magnus Cathedral, blending ethereal electronic sounds with voices, instruments and Cathedral organ.
Another concert will feature Charlotte Rowan, regarded as one of Britain’s leading violin virtuosos – and she will also join Orkney violin maker Colin Tulloch and his son Findlay in a workshop on understanding the making of violins and exploring the sound they produce.