Mary Reid, the internationally distinguished harpist, is coming to Arran next month. Her concert for Music Arran is at 7.30 on Saturday, 17th March, in Brodick Hall. Mary grew up in Edinburgh, and began learning the clarsach here, but as a teenager she moved with her family to America, and continued her musical studies there in Los Angeles and Chicago. On her return to Britain she graduated with great distinction from the Royal academy of Music in London. Since then, as a soloist she has played a huge variety of classical music on many occasions in many countries, including Canada, Russia and the USA, as well as venues all over the UK. She has also played with orchestras such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Hallé, Northern Ballet, Opera north and the Royal Opera House. She toured Moscow with the London Sinfonietta. She is also a passionate participant in chamber music. She loves to perform for audiences who normally miss out on classical music, and gives workshops in special needs schools and dementia care homes. In the course of her outreach work, she has played at the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre many times as a Concordia Foundation Artist. Mary’s programme on the 17th March includes pieces by Bach, Benjamin Britten and the contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan. This top quality concert is sure to be enjoyable, and will be in the popular café style. You can bring a bottle if you like, too. Tickets will be available on the door on the night, in advance from Inspirations of Arran in Brodick, or online from www.arranevents.com And please note that children are admitted free, together with one accompanying adult.