On Friday I was performing some background music on my harp for a fashion show in Newington Library which I am a member of. I was playing with a guitarist before the show started and during the interval and the end of the show as people were leaving. I played a mixture of Italian, Swedish and Scottish music, it was a relaxed performance, raising funds for Marie Curie. The library was packed with people who all enjoyed the show.
Today I had the opportunity to listen to an old friend, Duncan Strachan -Cellist, along with violinist Rachel Spencer at the Edinburgh University lunch-time concert. They played works by Allessandro Rolla , Kodaly and one other composer whose name I think was Grier.
It was a outstanding performance enjoyed by a receptive audience. It could only have been enhanced by a brief printed programme note.
Afterwards we were treated to a short talk by instrument maker Steve Burnett who has made the 'Sherlock Violin' from the wood of a sycamore tree felled just along the road. The tree stood in the garden of the house which is now home to Dunedin Hall School. Arthur Conan Doyle had stayed there as a boy, hence the 'Sherlock' connection. Rachel treated us to an excerpt from Bach's Partita no.2 on this fine instrument.
Thanks to all involved and apologies to Rachel for lack of image of the duo.A