No Trees to Whisper: a song cycle for soprano and clarinet  Saturday 26th March 2022 – at 2pm – on Zoom 

Performed by Turning the Elements:  Frances Cooper (soprano) Joanna Nicholson (clarinet), with the support of Creative Scotland.

Friends of Wighton’s first online event, in November 2022, was Dawn Wood’s poetry workshop for this commission and we are honoured and delighted to be showing the World Premiere of No Trees to Whisper.  

We are also thrilled to be Zooming to you from The Weaver’s Room in Verdant Works (www.verdantworks.co.uk) Dundee’s five-star rated textile museum.   Thanks to Dundee Heritage Trust’s Deirdre Robertson, for making it possible, and Wendy Gammie, for making it work!

The concert is free but donations can be made at www.friendsofwighton.com

Sheena Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Saturday 26th March, 2pm-3pm (waiting room open at 1.50pm

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Meeting ID: 850 3768 8867
Passcode: 255139

The inspiration for the project came from Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell’s famous diaries of their Journey to the Highlands and Islands in 1773 –

“ I sat down on a bank, such as a writer of Romance might have delighted to feign.   I had indeed no trees to whisper over my head, but a clear rivulet streamed at my feet….  Whether I spent the hour well, I know not: for here I first conceived the thought of this narration”

Poetry was commissioned from Iain Morrison, Dawn Wood and Haworth Hodgkinson, and music from Linda Buckley, Aidan O’Rourke and Gemma McGregor. Three very individual pieces from the poet/composer partnerships are woven together by interludes composed by Joanna, and nature photography by Frances to create a 40-minute film of evocative words, music and images.

Frances and Joanna have performed as Turning the Elements for nearly 10 years, taking this intimate combination of instruments to audiences around the country, and they performed as part of the prestigious Made in Scotland Showcase, curated by Creative Scotland, in the Edinburgh Fringe of 2019.   This is the second major work they have commissioned. 

www.turningtheelements.com

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Zoom Lunchtime Recital 2nd February 2022 with MoragAnne Elder and Elisabeth Flett

The Lunchtime Recital on Wednesday 2nd February, 1.15pm -1.45pm will be given by mother and daughter duo MoragAnne Elder and Elisabeth Flett, playing fiddles and singing a selection of tunes to do with winter and the North.   

Both, of course, are long time friends of the Wighton, MoragAnne currently running the mixed instruments class and Essa  who has grown up coming to Wighton classes and whose musical career we follow with great interest and pride.  

Essa is taking part in the Danny Kyle Open Stage online at the end of the month – her slot is on January 31st at 5pm on Celtic Radio and you can listen in here: https://www.celticmusicradio.net

The concert is free – donations can be made at    Friends of Wighton – Scottish music in Dundee

and the link is

Topic: Wednesday Wighton Lunchtime concert
Time: Feb 2, 2022 01:00 PM London

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Sandy Brechin: Wednesday 5th May

Sandy Brechin: Wednesday 5th May 2021 1.15pm – 1.45pm

Sandy Brechin is one of Scotland’s best known accordionists, famous for his lightning-fast playing and hilarious on-stage humour. He has developed his own unique approach to the art of accordion playing and his innovative style is instantly recognisable: a combination of slick, incredibly fast finger-work on the melody and a revolutionary method of syncopation on the bass. Sandy was the first in Scotland to play professionally the small 48 bass size of accordion, which is now pretty much his trademark. Despite its small size and range, Sandy gets a huge sound out of it.

Sandy also has a great sense of humour so be ready for some fun!

Admission is free but you can donate to Sandy’s tipjar =    www.paypal.me/sandybrechin

Sheena Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Lunchtime Recital – Sandy Brechin, accordion & fun!
Time: May 5, 2021 01:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time

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Meeting ID: 831 8217 8611
Passcode: 820859

Gavin Marwick and Ruth Morris: Wednesday 21st April

Gavin Marwick and Ruth Morris: Wednesday 21st April 2021 1.15pm – 1.45pm

Spirited fiddle and beautiful nyckelharpa bring you a wonderful selection of old and new tunes for all around Scotland and Europe. Gavin Marwick and Ruth Morris have been performing together for over fifteen years in bands such as Bellevue Rendezvous, Gav’s various Journeyman shows and their Galloway based ceilidh band Whirligig. The duo is a new and exciting way to enjoy their intimate and engaging acoustic string driven sound.

The link for the video below will be live from 1.15pm on 21st April

Aaron Jones & Claire Mann: Wednesday 7th April

Wednesday 7th April 2021 1.15pm – 1.45pm: Aaron Jones & Claire Mann via Zoom

Claire Mann and Aaron Jones have been stalwarts of the traditional music scene in Scotland 

for nearly thirty years. Between them they have been lucky enough to perform with some of 

traditional music’s finest appearing on nearly one hundred recordings and touring the World. 

Their debut duo CD, ’Secret Orders’ was released back in 2005 to great critical acclaim and 

they continue to tour, record, teach music and raise their three young children from their base

 in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway.

Topic: Lunchtime Recital with Aaron Jones and Claire Mann (free but donations accepted)
Time: Apr 7, 2021 01:00 PM for 1.15pm start Greenwich Mean Time

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Meeting ID: 822 7330 7616
Passcode: 925480

Dr Sally Garden: first Musician in Residence at the Wighton Heritage Centre shares a rare Wighton score

Mezzo-soprano and musicologist Dr Sally Garden hails from an Angus farming family, and is the youngest of four professional musician siblings.  She has a special interest in Scots and Scandinavian song and is founder of the Grieg Society of Scotland. Her recital and research work, which has seen her tour the castles, kirks and concert halls of Scotland, has also taken her to Norway, Denmark and Germany.

Sally is a member of the Walter Scott Minstrelsy Project (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), a former Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Scandinavian Studies (University of Aberdeen), and earlier in her career was appointed Historical Musician in Residence at the Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee, where she directed a 3-year programme of events to unfold one of Scotland’s finest music archives. In 2009, she pioneered the first ever live music event at the National Library of Scotland, with an invited lecture-recital on Scottish-Scandinavian musical links, entitled Hu, Hei, Duncan Gray! Sally is also editor of the complete songs of Aberdonian composer Ronald Center

Zoom recital with Ensemble Hesperi 3rd February

3rd February 2021, 1pm: Hesperi at Home: Concert for the Friends of the Wighton Collection

Bite-size Baroque #3 “Music from the Wighton Collection”

Join us this Wednesday *ON ZOOM* for a duo recital for the Friends of the Wighton Collection!

Tom and I are *so” excited to be performing for the Friends of Wighton this coming Wednesday lunchtime, as the third of our “Bite-Size Baroque” series! This week won’t be quite so “bite-size” though; we’ll be presenting around an hour’s recital of all sorts of music from the Wighton Collection, an incredible collection of Scottish music held in Dundee Central Library. Composers to include William McGibbon, John Reid, Elizabeth Hardin, Giuseppe Sammartini, Walter Clagget, Robert Bremner, and of course, James Oswald. All new repertoire! 

This week, you’ll need to join us on Zoom rather than YouTube, but of course, you don’t need to have your cameras on if you don’t want to! Do make sure you’re on mute for the recital itself, though.

Here’s the link: see you at 1pm GMT, Wednesday 3rd February!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81870378916?pwd=TEZpVlg5NDlDV3BCSzRBK294b1F2QT09

Meeting ID: 818 7037 8916
Passcode: 968552

Saturday Morning Online Mixed Instrument Class

Make music in the comfort of your own home – welcome back to an hour of new tunes on a Saturday morning. 
The class is suitable for all instruments and anyone above complete beginner level. Contact MoragAnne on benuardin@btinternet.com for more details. 

Classes cost £5 and can be paid online via Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/moraganneelder1

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Here’s the zoom link:

Topic: Saturday morning class

Time: Aug 28, 2021 11:00 AM London

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Meeting ID: 815 7231 8849

Friends of Wighton present: No Trees to Whisper – the Music of Poetry

          No Trees to Whisper – the Music of Poetry

                      Date:            Saturday November 21st

                      Time:            2.00pm – 3.30pm (via Zoom)

As part of Book Week Scotland:

Poetry workshop led by Dawn Wood, with musicians Frances Cooper and Joanna Nicholson of the duo Turning the Elements.

An opportunity to be part of a collaborative writing event and to hear about the creative processes behind ‘No Trees to Whisper’, a new song cycle commissioned by soprano and clarinet duo, Turning the Elements – all from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!

The famous diaries of Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, written during their travels to the Highlands and Islands in 1773, were the inspiration for this commission, supported by Creative Scotland, with poetry from Haworth Hodgkinson, Iain Morrison and Dawn Wood, and music by Gemma McGregor, Linda Buckley and Aidan O’Rourke.  Covid has added its own chapter to the story and you will be the first audience to hear snippets of the new work and hear about its genesis.

Dawn Wood will lead the workshop, delving into some of the ways she finds inspiration for her writing, and sharing some of the poetry she produced for the project.  She will use guided meditation techniques to allow participants to access their sensory imagination as they explore aspects of the Scottish landscape and its future. Participants will have the opportunity to produce writing during the workshop, resulting in a collaborative text which will be explored using improvised music by Frances Cooper and Joanna Nicholson.

The workshop is free but places are limited so if you would like to take part in this exciting event  please register your interest by email to secretary@friendsofwighton.com

More information on:

www.dawnwoodartist.co.uk

www.turningtheelements.com

2017

Voluntary Arts Week, May 2017:
Sat 6          Come ’n try
Wed 10       Graeme Stevenson harpsichord
Sat 13    Jimmy Shand Concert

Lunchtime recitals   
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB, 1.15pm
 Admission free – retiring collection

5th April:         Helen Forbes, whistle
3rd May:           Karen Hannah, fiddle
7th June:      Sheena Wellington, singer
5 Jul    Simon Chadwick, harp
18 Jul    Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail
6 Sep    Joe Aitken singer
4 Oct    Kate and Jim Allen, singers
1 Nov    Lorraine Wilson singer
6 Dec    Wighton Singers

Cappuccino Concerts
Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB
Admission £5
Coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am – suggested donation £1
Concert runs 11am to 12 noon

22nd April:    Bring in the Spirit (Kirsten Easdale, Rod Paterson, Gregor Lowrey)
20th May:     David Allison, brilliant guitarist
17th June:     Tarneybackle
22nd July: Bruce Davies will preview his Edinburgh Fringe concert “The (Other) Great American Songbook”
19th Aug:       Aileen Carr, singer
16th Sep:       Bob Stewart    
21st  Oct           Alan Brown singer/songwriter
18th Nov    Wilma Kennedy, Gaelic song
25th Nov;        Zakia & Farrah Fawcett
20 Jan ’18     Simon Kempston
24th Feb:       Sandy Brechin & Ewan Wilkinson 
 

Classes 
in the Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

Most Saturdays
harp with Simon Chadwick 2.00-3.30pm
Suitable for beginners – just turn up
harps are available for use in class and also for long-term rental

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