May and June 2019 Upcoming Events
Through May and into June, I have lots of lovely things happening around Dumfries and Galloway!
First up will be the wonderful Big Lit Festival in Gatehouse of Fleet run by Chrys Salt and Richard Macfarlane. May 2nd I`m presenting an hour on the Story of the Harp and on the 5th I`ll be playing and singing with our choir Cairn Chorus in the first of several concerts. www.biglit.org
The following week , the aforementioned Chrys Salt and I are premiering our spoken word /music collaboration on Angus MacPhee – The Silent Weaver. It’s a fascinating story of Uist born Angus who went off to war in 1939, fell ill with a form of schizophrenia and was then sent to to Craig Dunain Mental Hospital outside Inverness. For the next 50 years Angus chose to remain almost totally silent, but went about weaving hunfreds of garments from the grass and leaves he harvested from the hospital grounds.
Wednesday 8th at the Coachhouse, Craigdarroch Hotel , Moniaive www.ticketsource.co.uk
Thursday 9th at The Swallow Theatre, near Whithorn, www.swallowtheatre.co.uk
May 10th –12th is the Moniaive Folk Festival and I`ll be running a come and try harp workshop plus enjoying a wee session or three I`m sure........... www.moniaivefestival.com
A few weeks later and over the weekend of Spring Fling, I`ll be performing with our local Clarsach Society branch and some of my younger students at a couple of short concerts. Titled `Harps in the Afternoon`, we`ll be playing at Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday 25th 3pm and St Ninian`s Church, Moniaive on Sunday 26th 3pm as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival. If you are travelling round the Spring Fling open studios, come and have a wee sit down and relax for an hour in the afternoon!
The following weekend is busy again with three Cairn Chorus concerts, On Friday 31st May, at Dalry Town Hall, St John`s Town of Dalry we`ll be singing alongside the Galloway Agreement - the strings quartet I so enjoy playing in with Stuart Macpherson, Ruth Morris and Gavin Marwick. The following night, Saturday June 1st, just the choir will be at Moffat Town hall www.dgartsfestival.org.uk
In between we manage to fit in a Saturday afternoon concert at Dunscore church www.cairnchorus.co.uk
To round off the weekend , I`ll be taking part in the closing concert for the whole arts festival and celebrating its 40th year with fellow local musicians and the wonderful Scottish Ensemble.
Home and Horizons, curated by Ali Burns, will be an afternoon programme of songs, instrumentals and words reflecting journeying to and from South West Scotland and features Emily Smith, Jamie Maclennan, Robyn Stapleton, Aaron Jones, Claire Mann and Tom Pow . Lockerbie Town Hall 3pm www.dgartsfestival.org.uk
Cairn Chorus and The Galloway Agreement have one more outing together on Wednesday 5th June at the Theatre Royal Dumfries www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk and then I`ll be off to Germany for my annual sojourn to Bavaria and the Marktwald village festival www.klangwerkstatt.de Great music, company and food – and maybe some sleep...............
Wendy Stewart is a leading Scottish harper, a critically acclaimed, world class performer who connects with the listener at a deep musical level and a renowned teacher who coaxes the budding musician out of the hesitant beginner.
Her musical commitment is both to make traditional harp accessible to all and to explore her own musical ideas through arrangement and composition.
As a player and singer, she re-interprets traditional material in a historically informed yet refreshing way. Her compositions are melodically sinuous, rooted in the tradition but seeking out the creative.
Wendy's relaxed but incisive style of teaching brings praise and results in equal measure. Through her layered arrangements and measured pace, she can bring a group of mixed ability learners together in confident, relaxed harmony.
Wendy lives in, and draws inspiration from, her rural lifestyle in Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland.
She is very involved with the rich artistic network here from composing commissions reflecting environmental artworks to singing with her community choir Cairn Chorus.
Wendy has created various teaching books with accompanying music for all ages and experience levels as well as supplementary books for her solo albums.