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Simon Chadwick's harp concert in the Wighton Centre today.

Old Gaelic Laments

On Saturday, October 22nd, the Friends of Wighton's monthly cappuccino concert will be performed by historical harp specialist, Simon Chadwick.

In the bright and atmospheric surrounds of Dundee Central Library's Wighton Heritage Centre, the event starts at 10.30am with complimentary coffee and newspapers. Then from 11 to 12 Simon will perform a selection of rare and beautiful old harp tunes, using a very special replica of the famous medieval Scottish Queen Mary harp.

Simon is the regular tutor of the Friends of Wighton harp class, held every Saturday afternoon in the Wighton Centre. He has done a large amount of research with the collection of old Scottish music books housed in the centre, and his music brings back to life Scottish music from centuries past.

The Wighton Collection of Scottish music books was brought together by collector Andrew Wighton, a Dundee merchant, in the early 19th century. After his death, it was given to the city and is now housed in display cabinets in the specially built study and performance centre at the top of the Wellgate library.

Karen Hannah and Sheena Wellington, Lunchtime Recital, St Paul's Cathedral, Saturday 15th October

Two of Scotland's finest traditional musicians, singer Sheena Wellington and fiddler Karen Hannah, are the guests at St Paul's Cathedral's Lunchtime Recital on Saturday 15th October.

Dundonian Sheena Wellington's pure clear voice and extensive repertoire has enchanted audiences in clubs, festivals and concert halls throughout the British Isles, Europe, North Africa and the Far East.

Karen Hannah is well-travelled young fiddle-player having toured in the UK, throughout Europe and as far afield as New Zealand. As well as being an accomplished soloist she is a member of several duos, trios and ceilidh bands. She is Involved in organising music events and is kept busy teaching fiddle at The Wighton Centre in Dundee, in schools and community centres and to private pupils.

The pair will provide a varied programme of Scots traditional music and song laced with their deep knowledge and sparkling humour.

The concert starts at 1pm and tickets are £4/£3concessions/£2 children, on the door.

http://www.stpaulscathedraldundee.org/diary.htm

Kyle Howie performing in the Wighton Centre today




Autumn Outreach

The Friends of Wighton Autumn Outreach programme is starting in style this week. On Tuesday 4th October, at 10.30am, fiddler Karen Hannah, accordionist Allan Small and piper Kyle Howie will be providing the music for a Highland Games involving Primary 1 pupils at Kingspark School.

Also on Tuesday, the Wighton Singers will be entertaining the Ladies Circle at Stephen's and West Church Broughty Ferry while singer Sheena Wellington will be at Kingspark on the morning of Thursday 6th to celebrate the School's acquisition of a working loom.
Later in the month, after the school holidays, the distinguished Gaelic singer Wilma Kennedy will begin a series of visits to three of the city's primary schools, Ancrum Road, Claypotts Castle and Craigiebarns. It is hoped that this project, funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, will lead to the founding of a Junior Gaelic Choir in Dundee.

The Friends of Wighton are based in the Wighton Centre, upstairs in the Central Library, Wellgate. This specially built performance and study space houses the internationally famous Wighton Collection of historic Scottish music books, dating from two hundred years ago and more. The Friends of Wighton organise concerts and classes in the Centre and work with schools and community groups to make the musical treasures preserved in the books more accessible to the people of Dundee, Fife and Angus.
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