T29 Scottish 18th-Century Music for All Harps

5-days from Sat 6th to Wed 10th April - 4:30pm

Merchiston Courses - Classroom Space


Following the defeat at Culloden, Highland culture was repressed and edicts were imposed against the use of weapons, native language and costume. And yet, the 18th century was also curiously a time when Scottish music became fashionable in England, and several important collections of traditional songs and dance tunes were published. This class welcomes harps of all sizes and stringing materials, including wire, to play “in the stopped style” (using damping techniques), exploring tunes from several Scottish 18th century collections. Teaching is from written music; don’t forget your music stand!

Tutor: Bill Taylor - Bill is a specialist in the performance of ancient harp music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and is one of very few players investigating these repertoires on medieval gut-strung harps, wire-strung clarsachs and Renaissance harps with buzzing bray pins. He is one of the foremost interpreters of music in the Robert ap Huw manuscript, containing the earliest harp music in Europe, and he has recorded over 30 CDs. Bill teaches in the Scottish Highlands and works with Ardival Harps in Strathpeffer. He performs with several ensembles, including Canty, Graindelavoix, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Quadrivium and Sinfonye.

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