Cappuccino Concert, Maryatt Hall
Admission £4.50 includes coffee & newspapers
Saturday 19th April 2008, 10.30 for 11am
Skelpaig: fiddle, pipes & guitar

Come and join Kat Liley, David Adam and David Sutherland for a morning of Scottish music. Their debut CD, “…aye?” is just released!

More info on the band at

On Saturday 22nd March 2008 there is a chance to hear virtuoso cello music in Dundee’s Wighton Heritage Centre, upstairs in the Central Library, Wellgate, DD1 1DB

George Kennaway, who is Principal Cello (no. 2) in the Orchestra of Opera North, will perform a recital of 18th century cello music, from 11am till 12 noon. Featuring a selection from “Forty Favourite Scotch Airs” by John Gunn (c.1765-1824) the recital will also include pieces by Haydn, Boccherini, Stephen Paxton & others. Isobel Luke will accompany him, playing the beautiful “Wighton Harpsichord”.

At 2pm, George will lead a workshop on 18th century cello. There are places for participants who want to bring their cello and have a go, as well as audience seats for people to watch the action from a safe distance.

Admission is £4.50 per event (concession £3); a combined ticket for concert and workshop is £7.50 (concession £5). Tickets are available on the door.

The event is being organised by the Friends of Wighton, who aim to make the musical treasures owned by the City and preserved in the Wighton Collection, more accessible to the peopl eof Dundee, Fife and Angus.

For more info please visit or call 01334 474263

New CD of historical Scottish music
Clàrsach na Bànrighe

Historical harp specialist Simon Chadwick, based in St Andrews, Fife, has just announced the release of his new debut CD recording.

The CD is titled ‘Clàrsach na Bànrighe‘ which is Gaelic for ‘The Queen’s harp’, and which refers to the instrument played on the CD – the amazing decorated replica of the medieval Scottish ‘Queen Mary’ harp which was built for Simon last year.

The music on this CD is drawn from Simon’s recent work both at St Andrews Cathedral, where he gave a sell-out recital series last summer, and at the Wighton Centre in Dundee where Simon teaches a weekly class in historical harp technique, and where he researched the old Scottish harp music as resident musician in 2006-7.

The medieval section of the CD includes 13th century church repertory from St Andrews Cathedral (where the CD was recorded), as well as from Inchcolm island in the Firth of Forth. The second half of the CD presents, for the first time, the complete repertory of John Robertson of Lude, Perthshire, who owned and played the ‘Queen Mary’ harp in the early 18th century. As well as airs, ports and a family salute, it includes a Gaelic song on the battle of Sherrifmuir, which has been newly matched to its original tune and is sung by guest, Mairead Murnion, originally from Co. Down, Ireland, and now living in Dundee.

The CD wil be launched at two complementary recitals, at St Andrews Cathedral on Tueaday 11th March, 12.45-1.15pm, and at the Wighton Centre, Dundee, in Thursday 13th March, 7.30pm.

Simon Chadwick is a specialist in the history, traditions and performance of historical Irish and Scottish harp music. He has been based in St Andrews since early 2006. He is Hon. Secretary of the Historical Harp Society of Ireland, and Assistant Director of its annual summer school, which is held in Kilkenny, Ireland every August and is the main international event for the study of the historical Gaelic harp traditions. Since 2006, he has been researching, performing and teaching at the Wighton Heritage Centre in Dundee, which holds an extensive collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century Scottish music books.

For more information, pictures and a sample track please visit

Two recitals to launch the new CD

The Prior’s House, St Andrews Cathedral
Tuesday 11th March 2008, 12.45-1.15pm

Admission free; please collect tickets from the Visitor Centre 01334 472563

Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee Central Library
Thursday 13th March 2008, 7.30pm
Admission free
07792 336804

Friends of Wighton 2008 programme

Lunchtime recitals, Wighton Centre, 1.15-1.45pm
First Wednesday of each month

5th March, Sara Grey, ballads

2nd April, Ewen Sutherland, singer

7th May, Rachel Hair, clarsach

4th June, Baldragon Academy (TBC)

Cappuccino Concerts, Maryatt Hall
Saturdays, 10.30 for 11am. £4.50 includes coffee.

19th April, Skelpaig, fiddle, pipes and guitar

24th May, Brian McNeill, multi-instrumentalist

14th June, Lawside Academy, madrigals to musicals

19th July, Shona Donaldson, traditional singer, with Paul Anderson, fiddle

16th August, Sean Tebble, classical guitar

Other Wighton Centre events

Saturday 22nd March, cello recital and workshop, George Kennaway

Wednesday 14th May, 7.30pm, Ivan Drever and Duncan Chisholm, songs, guitar and fiddles.

The first in the 2008 series of Wednesday lunchtime recitals hosted by the Friends of Wighton in Dundee will be on Wednesday 6th February at 1.15pm.

The recital will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Wighton Heritage Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee, DD1 1DB

This month’s performer is whistle player Helen Forbes, who is a regular at the Wighton Centre teaching the Saturday morning beginners whistle class.

Helen Forbes from Dundee is regarded as one of Scotland’s finest tin whistle players. Her father, Peter, a well known Highland piper who later took up uillean pipes, was a major influence on her playing but she was also lucky enough to be taught by Mary Bergin in Spiddal and also by her at the Willie Clancy School in Miltown Malbay.

Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection to support the work of the Friends of Wighton in making the treasures of the Wighton Collection accessible to the people of Dundee, Fife and Angus.

For more info please visit or call O7792 3368O4

“Music from the Wighton Collection” is the title of an event organised by Dundee University Organist Graeme Stevenson at the University Chaplaincy, Cross Row, Dundee, on Friday 1st February. 1.20 -1.50pm. Admission free, so do go along for a chance to hear some of the gems of old Scottish music from the Wighton Collection. Graeme played a recital on the Wighton harpsichord last Autumn.

Weekly Scottish music classes start again in Dundee Central Library, on Saturday 12th January 2008.

The classes are held in the beautiful surroundings of the Wighton Heritage Centre, upstairs in Dundee Library in the Wellgate Centre. The Wighton Collection, displayed in the centre, is one of the best collections of old Scottish music books in the world, with over 700 volumes preserved from up to 400 years ago.

On Tuesday afternoons from 2.oo to 3.30pm, the Scots Song class is led by well-known Dundee singer Maureen Jelks.

The instrument classes are held on Saturdays. Well-known Fife fiddler Karen Read teaches fiddle from 11.00am to 12.30pm. Dundee whistle virtuoso Helen Forbes teaches tin whistle from 12.30 to 2.00pm, and historical clarsach expert Simon Chadwick leads the harp class from 200 to 3.30pm

All of the classes are aimed at beginners, and there are instruments available to borrow – fiddles made by an old Fife violin maker are provided for beginners, and there are replicas of historical clarsachs ready for rental. Tin whistles are available for sale.

The organisers, the Friends of Wighton, are a voluntary group dedicated to making the hidden treasures of the music collection available to as many people as possible. Fees for the classes are £2 (or £1 for consessions) for the song class, and £4 (or £2.50 concessions) for the instrument classes.

There are now vacancies for all four classes, and the beginning of a new year is an ideal time to take up an new instrument or learn some traditional songs. Come along to the first classes on Saturday 12th Jan or Tuesday 15th Jan and join in the fun!

For more information see or call 07792 336804

The Firends of Wighton would like to thank the Scottish Arts Council for their support.


Clarsach teacher Simon Chadwick and song teacher Maureen Jelks in the Wighton Centre

Sheena Wellington singing to an enthusiastic audience in the Wighton Centre on Wednesday 5th December.

Coming up with the Friends of Wighton is an outreach event in Fife; harpist Simon Chadwick and fiddle player Karen Read will perform at Falkland Palace on Friday 14th December at 7pm, as part of a concert organised by Historic Scotland.

There will be no Wednesday Lunchtime recital in January; the next is on 6th February at 1.15pm in the Wighton Centre, in Dundee Central Library.

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