Hope you’re well and easing into this chilly winter weather ok. Welcome to blog post no.1…
I'm really happy to have been chosen to play in the final of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2012. I had such a fantastic weekend at the semi-finals in October with an absolutely cracking bunch of people and a group of brilliant musicians. I was lucky to be accompanied by the superb musicians Mhairi Hall and Mike Bryan and had a total blast with them on stage! What a weekend! The final is on Sunday the 5th of February at Celtic Connections in Glasgow and will be held at Glasgow City Halls. It would be lovely to see some of you there if you're around.
You can book tickets here: http://www.celticconnections.com/whatson/event/92465-Celtic-Connections-BBC-Radio-Scotland-Young-Traditional-Musician-of-the-Year-Final-2012
A group of my friends and I had a pretty unusual Saturday night last week when we went along to the X Factor studio to do backing strings for one of the contestants. It was a lot of fun and pretty fascinating to see a bit of what goes into putting out a show like that live on TV. Even caught a couple of glimpses of us swaying away in the background in Craig’s song!
I'm busy at the moment getting music ready for my final masters exams at the Royal Academy of Music, which will be happening in the spring. I'm very excited about the music I've chosen - pieces by Lutoslawski, Szymanowski, Sally Beamish, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and a new piece a friend of mine is busy writing at the moment. The exams are open to anyone to come and listen, which is lovely as it means that your friends and family who have come along to enjoy the music and to support you, dampen the exam atmosphere and make the whole thing seem much more like a concert than an exam. I’m looking forward to it!
I’m heading home to Orkney soon to play the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Tabea Sitte (another RAM student who’s family moved to Orkney a few years ago) and the Orkney Camerata. It’s always lovely to play at home, so we’re really looking forward to it. The concert will be on Sunday the 11th of December at St Magnus Cathedral.
But before that, I’m going into the studio with my Twelfth Day partner in crime Esther, and the fantastic Gaelic singer Joy Dunlop to record a collaboration project we’ve been working on together over the past few months. We’re so excited about this and can’t wait to show you the results. Stay tuned for an announcement about it in the next week or so.
All the best for now,