ShantyTok

ShantyTok: is the sugar and rum line in Wellerman a reference to slavery? By Dr Adrian York, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Music Performance, University of Westminster, writing in The Conversation on January 21st 2021. Featured image shows fishermen singing a sea shanty, circa 1870.Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images Amid the global media coverage of the pandemic …

Arran’s String Orchestra Arco

Alice Maxwell, leader of Arran’s string orchestra Arco, reports on the group’s musical developments and the way it has evolved online during this year’s lockdown restrictions.  Arco is Arran’s very own string orchestra. The name was coined by the group’s founder, Veronica Halstead – Arco is an Italian musical term meaning “playing on the string”. …

Confessions of an online music teacher

By Alice Maxwell I am giving a Skype lesson to my six year old piano pupil Elly. My computer screen displays a keyboard, and an empty piano stool – but there is no sign of Elly. “Elly … Where are you?” Suddenly a cheeky face appears on the screen – apparently we are playing hide …

Stories of lockdown – a musical journey

By Alice Maxwell Music has no barriers, it speaks to everyone Since moving to Lamlash in 2014 I have been teaching piano and violin to children and adults. I love having folk in and out of the house, and I love their insights and enthusiasm. To quote the Tibetan lama, Tai Situpa, “Music has no …

The 91st Isle of Arran Music Festival

91st Isle of Arran Music Festival 2020 incorporating LAMLASH BURNS CLUB SCHOOLS BURNS VERSE SPEAKING COMPETITION WHITING BAY HALL -18th to 20th March For updates see the festival Facebook page A link to the full syllabus can be seen here (PDF)

Music Arran concert – ADlibitum

Music Arran present ADlibitum Saturday 21st March Brodick Hall, 7.30pm ADLibitum are violin and accordion duo, Andrea and Djordje Gajic.  Both extremely proficient artists in their own solo careers, together they perform an exciting repertoire and have given concerts in Scotland, England, Serbia, and at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo, Malta. In March 2018 …

Gaia Duo to play in Arran

Music Arran concert – Gaia Duo Saturday 15th February, Brodick Hall, 7.30pm Tickets £10 from Arran Events, in advance from Inspirations of Arran in Brodick or on the door. Free to under 18s. See here for more info. Gaia Duo are Alice Allen, cello, and Katrina Lee, violin, and have been awarded the Enterprise Music …

Music Arran concert with Trio Volant

Music Arran Concert Saturday 18th January, Brodick Hall 1.30 pm Trio Volant Trio Volant are Richard Beards (bassoon), Beatrice Hubble (oboe) and Tom Evans (clarinet). Trio Volant was formed in 2010 whilst all the members were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. The Trio regularly give formal recitals and lunchtime concerts in and …

From Anne Frank to Walther Hambock

By Alice Maxwell In September I hosted a house concert, Music in the Time of Anne Frank, which was covered by the Voice for Arran and the Arran Banner. Shortly afterwards I received a phone call from Jack Paterson of Whiting Bay who had read the article, and said he had a fascinating story to …

Pianist Santa Ignace to play in Arran

Music Arran present pianist Santa Ignace Saturday 16th November at Arran High school, 7.30 pm Award winning Concert pianist Santa Ignace began her piano studies at the age of six, with her father as her first teacher. She was inspired by her father’s mastery, and unique interpretations of a wide repertoire of jazz, including all …