Alongside the team at the Highland Branch of the Clarsach Society we organised a series of workshops to take place over the first three months of this year. I tutored alongside the fab Cheyenne Brown taking three workshops that culminated in a concert at the lovely Inverness RNI chapel.
The concert featured performances from Cheyenne, Bill Taylor, Emma Wright, Susanne Lloyd Jones, myself and others along with the workshop participants performing the pieces they had learnt.
During this time the Highland Branch committee had two meetings full of ideas which we are really looking forward to bringing to fruition. So keep your eye on our website and facebook for more information.
Highland Young Musicians
Towards the end of last year I was asked by Norman Bolton, Music Development Officer for Highland Council if I could join the Highland Youth Orchestra on the Concert harp for their concerts festival in March.
Highland young musicians as said on their website; “represents and promotes the Regional Music Groups which are run as an extension to the work of the Instrumental Tuition Service in the Highland Council area.” These groups are an amazing resource offered in Highland and it was a brilliant opportunity for me to see the impact these groups have for young people all over the region.
I was performed with the Regional Youth Orchestra, Youth choir and guest singers Dingwall Choral society performing John Rutters ‘Sprig of Thyme’ Suite. This was my debut as a concert harpist so quite a different challenge for me however I really enjoyed myself, particularly playing alongside such talented youngsters.
There are many pros to the concert harps, more strings, bigger sound but this experience has also taught me I am a clarsach player through and through. I think my back will be grateful I have not had a change of heart!
For more info about Highland Young Musicians follow this link – http://www.highland-young-musicians.com/index.asp
and for pictures http://www.ewclients.co.uk/concertfest2018/ (you’ll see one of me at 113).
Music in Hospitals
From the 2nd to the 4th of March I was delighted to travel over to Banff for a tour with Music in Hospitals. This took me to a variety of locations in this area from Banff to Portsoy, Buckie to Elgin. I have never travelled to this part of Scotland before so really enjoyed getting to stay in the lovely Portsoy and meeting lots of locals during my concerts.
My concerts took me to a number of different locations and settings primarily care homes. I always love performing for Music in Hospitals and meeting so many interesting people, it is such an important charity providing music for people who are unable to go and attend concerts elsewhere. I look forward to doing many more concerts this year!
I was asked by Southside Nursing Home in Inverness to perform during their yearly Daffodil tea raising money towards cancer research. I have performed here a number times by myself and with Turadh so it was lovely to have been asked back to support such a worthy cause. I even manage to leave with a lovely bouquet! Thanks for having me!
The wedding season is starting to kick off and I am delighted to have a good few lined up over the next few months. It is very special to be part of someones big day and I also really enjoy arranging the different music people chose.
I do enjoyed travelling to different places and so far weddings are taking me far and wide…Stirling, Nairn, Strathpeffer, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness…..
If you are getting married do check out the Weddings section of my website or contact me for more details.
Equally if you are attending a number of weddings this year and unsure what to gift, why not have an original piece of music written for them? Contact for more info.