Nickum was an exciting co-project between Starcatchers, the RSNO and Aberdeen City Council which saw Starcatchers Artist Hazel Darwin-Edwards and Musician Abigail Sinar undertaking residencies in two nurseries in Aberdeen.

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Nickum was an exciting co-project between Starcatchers, the RSNO and Aberdeen City Council which saw Starcatchers Artist Hazel Darwin-Edwards and Musician Abigail Sinar undertaking residencies in two nurseries in Aberdeen.

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Nickum saw artists Abigail Sinar and Hazel Darwin Edwards working with babies, their parents and nursery staff to explore how they interacted and engaged with a range of artistic inputs over a period of 6 months. At the end of the residency Hazel and Abigail had created a work-in-progress called Hup! drawing on the responses from the babies, carers and nursery staff to classical music and theatre throughout the project.

Through this process the artists developed a beautiful, original classical score that was inspired by the children. The Hup work in progress was successfully shared in a range of nursery settings in Aberdeen in the Spring of 2014. With support from Creative Scotland, Hup was developed further in early 2015 to create a versatile, bright, engaging theatrical experience for our youngest audience which toured all over Scotland in 2015 and internationally to Canada, Hong Kong and Macau in 2016 premiering in August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Was completely enraptured the whole time

Some were very shy but most got very involved; lots of smiles, dancing and laughing.

They really changed mood and vocal range while it was quiet with classical music playing. They seemed soothed and peaceful.

Loved the interaction at the end! Lovely!

Participant

Project Blog

  • Hazel Darwin-Clements

    Hazel works on the Creative Skills programme. She has also made several shows for Starcatchers, including Hup and The Attic, and was one of the artists who took part in the Inspire Project.

  • Abigail Sinar

    Abigail Sinar is a community musician, violinist and composer.

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