Last night saw the Moars going to Glasgow to hear the Trad Musicians at RCS perform. The second years were showcasing their own compositions. My friend Ellie Evans piece "Snow Storms" sounded great in the Guinness Room. She wrote it for Harp Trio but had to arrange it for four harps for last nights performance.
Recent concerts I have been to are:
1. 18.10.11 Nottingham University Lunchtime - The Tutors performance in aid of 'Jessie's Fund'. This was a Classical programme with a variety of solo and ensemble pieces by various composers. My favourite from the programme was the 'Five Easy Pieces' for piano by Stravinsky. These duets were played by Robert Adlington and Mervyn Cooke. They swapped places for each piece so as to share the difficulty levels, great fun! Nick Sackman (Viola) gave a very informative talk before playing J.S. Bach's Prelude from Suite no.2 in Dminor. Basically he was proposing that the possible inspiration for this work was the death of Bach's first wife; Maria Barbara.
2. 10.11.11 Molly Malone's Irish pub, The Edinburgh Folk Club 60th Anniversary Concert. The invite to this came through my friend Ellie Evans who was there with Phil Cunningham and his RCS Trad students to do a performance. The Oddfellows Hall (now Molly's) was the original venue for the inaugural concert. I got to meet and chat with Phil whilst they were waiting for the sound engineer. During the concert we were treated to performances by some of the other greats of Scottish Trad such as Margaret Bennet and Sheila Stewart. A good night was had by all and the RCS students were excellent. A great way to celebrate my 20th birthday!
I am currently preparing for my Grade 8 Piano Exam on the 23rd of November. I’ll be playing:
‘Prelude from English Suite’ no. 3 by J.S. Bach
‘Song without Words’ op.67 by Mendelssohn
‘Street Tango’ by Piazzolla
I am practicing hard!
On the 21st of October friend, fellow clarsach player Ellie Evans and myself performed a short concert for my grandfather’s Gentlemen’s Club at Craigmillar Park Church.
We played chlasach and sang a wide range of tunes and songs ranging from jazz to traditional Scottish. Our hour and forty minute set included well known tunes such as ‘Hit the Road Jack’ by Ray Charles but we also included a composition written by Ellie, called ‘The Sleeping Child' which won her first place for composition in The Mod this year.
The audience was very appreciative and we played an encore ‘The Bridie Song’ a traditional song that the gentlemen joined in and sang along to.