The Friends of Wighton have started running weekly music classes in the Wighton Heritage Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library every Saturday. The tutors are Helen Forbes (whistle), Simon Chadwick (early clàrsach) and Karen Hannah (fiddle)
There was a free “Come and Try” day on Saturday 14th April; Helen, Simon and Karen welcomed interested visitors of all ages who were encouraged to sit down and have a go.
Classes start on Saturday 21st April; the cost is £4 per session or £2.50 for concessions. Instruments are available – tin whistles are for sale, fiddles built by a Fife violin maker are available for loan, and replicas of medieval and baroque Irish and Scottish harps can be rented.
Helen Forbes is from Dundee and has been described as “Scotland’s finest whistle player”. Fife fiddler Karen Hannah is one of the best exponents of the traditional East Coast fiddle tradition, and has performed at a number of events organised by the Friends of Wighton. She is a member of bands including Randan and has toured extensively in Europe and as far afield as New Zealand. Simon Chadwick is one of the leading specialists in the historical harp traditions of Scotland and Ireland, running the annual summer school of early Irish harp in Kilkenny. He plays a “stunning” new decorated replica of the medieval Scottish “Queen Mary” harp.
The Friends of Wighton are delighted that their successful and popular weekly song workshops have now been joined by instrument classes – and they hope that if these classes are successful, other instruments and tutors can be added to the selection.
Friends of Wighton Weekly music classes
Song with Maureen Jelks
every Tuesday, 2 – 3.30pm
Whistle with Helen Forbes
every Saturday, 11am – 12.30pm
Early clàrsach with Simon Chadwick
every Saturday, 12.30 – 2pm
Fiddle with Karen Hannah
every Saturday, 2 – 3.30pm
tel. 01334 474263
Wighton Heritage Centre
Dundee Central Library
Wellgate, Dundee, DD1 1DB