Baton arrives to fanfare at Torphichen Kirk

Composer Gina Baker welcoming the eco-baton in Torphichen
Composer Gina Baker welcoming the eco-baton in Torphichen

A composer has written a special piece of music to accompany an eco-baton all the way to the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Gina Baker (26) is a freelance musician and member of Torphichen Kirk who welcomed the baton last Sunday with a fanfare, which is to become the soundtrack for the relay.

She said: “Our congregation is particularly blessed with creative people, with professional musicians and artists in abundance.

“It therefore seemed almost instinctive to compose some music for this special service. A fanfare for the arrival of the baton into the church would certainly add some drama. I hope it is a proclamation and helped to emphasise its importance.”

The 90-second fanfare is performed by brass players: two trumpets, French horn, two trombones and euphonium.

The baton is made from recycled church furniture and bears the message ‘Time for Climate Justice: Churches in Scotland Demand a Deal in Paris.’

Sarah Young, Eco-Congregation coordinator for Torphichen Kirk, said: “The burden of climate change often falls most heavily on the poorest in the world, those who have done least to cause it. We have an important role to play in telling our leaders that we care, and have raised awareness by taking this baton across Scotland.”

The baton’s journey around Scotland started in Falkirk in April and it has been up Ben Lomond, Orkney and Shetland and the Borders, stopping over 100 times.