T35 Women in Their Own Write

Sat 6th & Sun 7th April - 1:00-2:30pm + 4:30-6:00pm

Merchiston Courses - Classroom Space


Focusing mainly on Scottish and Gaelic tunes and airs, we will look at music written by Scottish women at various points in history. There are many female tunesmiths and composers working in the traditional scene today but this course will introduce you to the work of those who went before. Essential elements of arranging – harmony, voicings, rhythms and ornamentation will be explored in these new arrangements. Written music will be provided from the start if wished but the course will also be taught phrase by phrase by ear, accommodating all levels of reading and learning styles.

Tutor: Karen Marshalsay - Karen is a master of traditional Scottish harp music, specialising on all three Scottish harps (wire and gut-strung clarsachs and bray harp), plays in The Cathal McConnell Trio, with piper Allan MacDonald, as a soloist, and has guested with the Russian String Orchestra in 2018 with her own compositions conducted by Misha Rachlevsky. She was composer in residence with Harps North West in 2015-16, has published several books of arrangements, compositions, and techniques, features in both the Trinity and RCS exam syllabuses, is one of Scotland’s most experienced tutors, and currently teaches wire harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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