We are back to school here and I`m teaching right down in Drummore this term – the most southerly village in Scotland on the Mull of Galloway. The kids are a delight and the drive through the Galloway Forest Park (Dark Skies Designated) is stunning though it makes a long long day………..
Our next Clarsach Society Branch plays are set for –
Saturday September 13th 2-5pm in St Ninian`s, Castle Douglas,
Saturday October 11th 10am – 4pm in Holywood Hall , Dumfries with the wonderful Fiona Rutherford on creating and composing
Saturday 8th November 10-1pm Holywood Hall
Saturday December 6th Wallaceton Hall 10-1pm then hopefully playing at Thomas Tosh fabulous cafe and shop in Thornhill about 3pm
I`ll also be teaching the Transpennine Branch on Saturday 27th September in Baildon, Yorkshire and looking forward to catching up with old friends there.
3pm October 3rd I`m involved in a lovely little concert at the wonderfully named Cruggleton Church down on the Machars as part of the Wigtown Book Festival. This will be a performance, by candlelight, of Tom Pow`s poem cycle ‘Nine Nests’ and we hope to repeat this, without the candelight, at Edinburgh International Harp Festival next year.
October I`ll also be heading to the States, adjudicating Scottish Harp at Stone Mountain Highland Games, Atlanta, Georgia followed by teaching at the Southeastern Harp weekend in Ashville North Carolina.
Then it`ll be back to another term of different primary schools in the area for the winter term and getting rehearsed for our choir concerts before and after Christmas. This year we are focusing on songs and music reflecting the Christmas Truce of 1914, that wonderful , though all too brief moment when German, British and French troops came out of the trenches and shared a common humanity. We`ll also be singing songs reflecting conflict still all too apparent in Palestine, Ukraine and Russia but interspersed with some very uplifting words, music and great sing along songs! More info at www.cairnchorus.co.uk
and I must get that new CD done this winter………………….