Equilibrium was formed in 2014 in response to demand from disabled musicians looking for more opportunities to write and perform music that identifies with traditional Scots music using acoustic instruments such as the harp and fiddle alongside new digital instruments that can be played by musicians with limited mobility.

For their debut performance, founding members of the ensemble Rhona Smith (Digital Harp) and Amy Moar (Clarsach) joined composer and harpist Fiona Rutherford to premiere Motion, a new piece by Fiona, at the 2014 Edinburgh International Harp Festival.

Equilibrium then went from strength to strength with performances at the Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scots Fiddle Festival and Celtic Connections.

In February 2016, we were extremely saddened by the death of Amy Moar, a talented musician, composer and graduate of our Developing Potential programme to become one of our Associate Musicians leading the delivery of our school education projects. Amy’s death was also a blow to her fellow members of Equilibrium who have agreed to continue performing as a group and to keep her memory alive through performances of her music.

“The most innovative music show so far….the skill, inspiration and artistry that made this performance so enjoyable took my breath away.” ***** star review by Louise Rodgers, TW 27 August 2016

We are very grateful to the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust and the Amy Moar Legacy Fund for their support of Equilibrium

YMI Launch EQ

Founding members of Equilibrium Amy Moar (Front left) and Rhona Smith (Front Right) at the launch of Creative Scotland’s YMI with Scottish Government Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop.