The Fiddler’s Pupil’s Tale

A response from one of the Fiddler’s pupils to the piece A Fiddler’s Tale that was printed in last month’s Voice As one who had never been nearer to a violin than the front row at a Brodick Hall concert, it came as a surprise to me, at my first violin lesson, that I needed …

A Fiddler’s Tale

By Alice Maxwell, Isle of Arran, 20th April 2021 The violin is a most democratic instrument and since its appearance in the 16th century it has remained wonderfully oblivious to social boundaries. It has graced the music of common folk, gypsies, the church and the aristocracy and its versatility perfectly suits widely differing musical styles …

An interview with the pianist Gamal Khamis

Gamal Khamis is a concert pianist who spent a week on Arran in December 2017 and gave a wonderful recital of Liszt and Brahms hosted by the Arran Music Society. Here he talks to Alice Maxwell, musician, teacher and celebrant on Arran You have rather an exotic name – what is your heritage? I was …

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 …