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Our current featured artist; Alison Kinnaird MBE, has an international reputation both as a professional Scottish harp player and visual artist.
A recipient of multiple awards and accolades, she was recognised for her contribution to artistic and musical spheres in 1997 when she was presented with an M.B.E. for services to art and music.
One of the world's leading glass artists and engravers, with work in public, royal and private collections throughout Europe, America and the Far East, her glass art ranges from small intimate pieces, to architectural installations which incorporate light and colour.
As a musician, Alison's first instrument was cello, and she was a founder member of the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra. She has a degree in Celtic Studies and Archaeology and studied the harp under Jean Campbell in Edinburgh from the age of 14. She has won both the Clarsach Trophy at the National Mod and the Harp Competition in Pan Celtic Festival in Killarney.
Alison plays both gut and wire-strung harps and has recorded several critically acclaimed albums. She has been researching the repertoire of the harp in Scotland for more than twenty-five years, written several books of harp music, and co-authored the first published history of the harp in Scotland "The Tree of Strings". Her album "The Harp Key - Crann nan Teud" was the first ever recording of Scottish harp music, still essential listening for people interested in the Scottish harp. was recognized in 1997, when she was presented with an M.B.E. for services to art and music.
You can find out much more about Alison's art at: www.alisonkinnaird.com
Here's a look and listen back to a superb duet from way back in 1977, featuring the great fiddler Aly Bain together with renowned Scottish harper Alison Kinnaird. This recording of the William Marshall tune 'Chapel Keithack' appeared on Alison's debut album 'The Harp Key', which became the first release on the Temple Records label.
Alison Kinnaird will again be teaching this very popular course, which takes place on the beautiful Blackhills Estate near Elgin in Morayshire, Scotland. Early booking is recommended as the course is limited to fifteen participants.
The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly and the five day course provides an opportunity to learn in depth. The teaching is all aural - no need to read music - but is aimed at those with some experience of playing the harp, and is therefore not suitable for total beginners.
The £250 course fee includes all tuition and meals, and the early finish time each day allows opportunities to socialise, relax, play music together and explore the estate gardens. Limited accommodation and harp hire is available on a first-come first-served basis.
Alison Kinnaird has been at the forefront of the revival, and continuing success, of the Scottish harp. She plays both gut-strung Scottish harp and wire-strung clarsach, and is recognised as an authority on both the instrument and its history.
Location: Blackhills Estate, By Elgin, Moray, Scotland IV30 8QU
Dates: Mon 23rd July - Fri 27th July 2018
Find out much more about the course at www.blackhills.co.uk/harp-courses
Book or find out more from organiser Steph Christie by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01343 842 223
Originally released in 2001, and now made available again, these superb boxed set collections from Temple Records include hours of great music and a significant saving compared to buying the same albums individually.
Initially only available as physical CD sets, these collections are now also available as downloadable boxed sets with full sleeve notes.
Orain Nan Gàidheal (Songs of the Gael) features five albums from five of Scotland's leading Gaelic singers; Flora MacNeil, Finlay MacNeill, Christine Primrose, Eilidh MacKenzie and Arthur Cormack
Music of the Harp in Scotland and Ireland features five albums from outstanding harp players, including Alison Kinnaird, Ann Heymann, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Bill Taylor (The Rowallan Consort)
The Piping Centre 1st Recital Series contains five albums recorded at Glasgow's Piping Centre, and features solo playing from some of the world's best bagpipers including: Jack Lee, P/M Alasdair Gillies, John D. Burgess, Donald MacPherson, Willie Morrison, Dr. Angus MacDonald, Angus MacColl, Gordon Duncan, Brian Lamond and Richard Parkes
The CD sets are available for £35 each, which includes all shipping and taxes, and the download sets are available for £20 each.