Last night it was my pleasure to MC the second of two concerts in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Featuring instrumentalists and singers from East Lothian Schools, the event was held in the atmospheric hall in Haddington’s Town House. I was delighted to be able to announce in the vote of thanks that the events had raised £1,320 for the charity. Timing is everything in music and news had just come in that East Lothian Council, who were being thanked for the use of the hall, the printing of the programmes and the savoir faire evident in employing us, had just won two more national music awards – bringing the total to five such awards in three years!
Here are a couple of samples of last night’s music – Robert Burns’ The Lea Rig, sung by Zoe from NBHS: the-lea-rig Three Jigs, played by David & Callum from Knox: david-callum-three-jigs
While on holiday last week, I found myself in the Chapter House of Worcester Cathedral. Just walking
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/pKBS4c0KQJg" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] into this circular, stone room it was clear that the acoustic was magnificent – as was the silence. My guitar and Zoom H2 recorder were just across the road in the multi-storey car park, and before long, I was making enquiries about the possibility of making a recording. The cathedral staff, Susan Macleod in particular, were very friendly and accommodating.
These are not magnificent performances by any means (I hadn’t exactly been shaping up for a performance of any sort) but I couldn’t resist playing in this room and was grateful to have the opportunity to be able to direct pupils to an example of the difference that acoustics can make to the feel of a performance.
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 BWV 1007 (J. S. Bach) cello-prelude
Now Westlin’ Winds (Burns arr Coady) now-westlin-winds
For Michael (Coady) for-michael
Three Jigs:(Coady) three-jigs
I also messed around with a few notes (and spaces) just to play with the echo: playing-with-chapter-house-echo