Wighton Centre open days

The Friends of Wighton group will welcome the Scottish Traditional Music Awards to Dundee by inviting visiting and local music lovers to take a close-up look at the fascinating Wighton Collection and enjoy a live music sessionat the same time.

The Centre will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Friday 4th December and from 10am -12.15pm on Saturday 5th December. Books will be on display and Wighton tutors and committee members will be there to sing, play and answer questions!

The Wighton Heritage Centre was opened on 24th November 2003. Located upstairs in Dundee Central Library, it provides a dedicated space for the storage and display of the internationally important Wighton Collection. 700 volumes of old Scottish music were collected together in the early 19th century by Dundee merchant Andrew Wighton, and were bequeathed to the city after his death. 

The Wighton books with other donations and acquisitions, are now kept in glass-fronted bookcases in the Wighton Centre. The Centre also acts as a bright, atmospheric performance and study centre, allowing scholars to access the riches of the collection, and providing a lovely performance space for music and other events.

As well as a monthly Cappuccino Concert, and a free Wednesday lunchtime recital every month, the Friends of Wighton run classes in traditional Scottish music every week: Scots song, Gaelic song, fiddle, whistle and clarsach (Scottish harp).

The Friends also work towards the conservation and cataloguing of the collection of books, and have made some important acquisitions to add to the collection.  They are currently fundraising to conserve rare music books from the collection of Sir Jimmy Shand and visitors will be able to contribute.  Jimmy’s musical taste was exemplary, as shown by the lovely 18th and 19th century manuscripts in his collection.  Rumour has it that one or two of the Shand books, currently not on public display, might make an appearance at the Open Days!

Recording in the Wighton Centre

Last Monday, the Wighton Centre was turned into a recording studio by recording enginner Bob Turner, to record some tracks for the forthcoming limited edition CD produced by the Friends of WIghton as part of the fundraising for the Sir Jimmy Shand Collection.

Tracks were recorded from Mark Spalding playing a Ronald Stevenson composition on the harpsichord, the Wighton Singers, Ellie McDonald reading poetry, Simon Chadwick playing the replica Queen Mary harp, and Morag Anne Elder on the fiddle with Katie playing cello.

At least two of the tracks are the first ever recordings (the harpsichord and harp track). Other tracks are being recorded at Gardyne Studios, and also some tracks will be donated by other artists from their published CDs.

If you missed claiming the CD as a perk on our Indiegogo crowdfunding last month, you will still be able to buy your copy when the strictly limited edition is released.

Winter 2015-16

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

Wednesday 2nd December, 1.15pm Wighton Singers

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

Saturday 21st November  2015, 10.30am for 11am
Kat Liley with Macrihanish

Saturday 23rd January 2016, 10.30am for 11am
Simon Chadwick: “The Queen Mary harp”

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

Not every Saturday
Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

every Saturday 
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

Autumn 2015

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

Wednesday 7th October 1.15pm
TBA

Wednesday 11th November 1.15pm
Alan Reid and Rob van Sante

Wednesday 2nd December, 1.15pm
Wighton Singers

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

Saturday 19th September 2015, 10.30am for 11am
Karen McAulay 
A musically illustrated talk on the manuscripts in the Sir Jimmy Shand Collection

Saturday 17th October 2015, 10.30am for 11am
Frieda Morrison

Saturday 21st November  2015, 10.30am for 11am
Kat Liley with Macrihanish

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

All classes are £5 / £3 under 16s

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

Not every Saturday
Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

every Saturday 
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

Illustrated talk on the Sir Jimmy Shand Collection

There will be a unique aspect to the Cappuccino Concert in the Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Dundee on Saturday 19th September.

The distinguished Scottish music expert Dr KAREN McAULAY, Music and Academic Services Librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), will give an musically illustrated talk on the Centre’s recently acquired Sir Jimmy Shand Collection of 18th and 19th century music books.

Karen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and is in demand to talk not only about Scottish music history but also about library and research skills.  She’s also a practising musician, as a church organist and music arranger.  With the help of the Wighton’s harpsichord, she will explore the musical treasures contained in these volumes and some of the rarer and most interesting volumes will be on display.

Karen’s visit comes at a key moment.   The Friends of Wighton members are raising funds to have the Shand Collection conserved so that it can be on permanent display and available for use by musicians, singers, scholars and community group.  A crowdfunder for The Sir Jimmy Shand Connection has topped £1100 with some weeks still to run.  Contributions from the great man’s admirers have come from across the UK as well as Europe and the USA!

“We’re delighted with the success of the crowdfunder so far,” said Sheena Wellington, Friends of Wighton Honorary Librarian, “but we still have a target to reach and there are still lots of special thank you gifts waiting!”    ‘Perks’ for those donating online include limited edition CDs, signed prints, etchings, specially composed tunes, house concerts and the opportunity to be entered into a founder’s book to be kept in the Wighton Centre.

To find out more visit http://igg.me/at/jimmyshand

Spring / summer 2015

Lunchtime recitals  Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DBAdmission free – retiring collection

Wednesday 1st April 1.15pm
Bob Knight, singer and songwriter 

Wednesday 6th May 1.15pm
Simon Chadwick, medieval harp

Wednesday 3rd June, 1.15pm
Mark Spalding
A tribute to Ronald Stevenson (1928-2015)

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

Saturday 18th April 2015, 10.30am for 11am
Bruce Davies

Saturday 23rd May 2015, 10.30am for 11am
Margaret Bennett Gaelic song

Saturday 18th July 2015, 10.30am for 11am
Karen Hannah fiddle with Bob Turner keyboards

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

All classes are £5 / £3 under 16s

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

Not every Saturday
Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am
10, 24 Jan, 7, 21 Feb, 7, 21 Mar

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

every Saturday 
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

Winter 2014-15

Frigate Unicorn
Saturday 7th March, 7.30pm.  Tickets £10/£8 concessions  
 Alasdair Roberts, Sheena Wellington, Stevie Jones – a triple bill of song and music
 
Lunchtime recitals  Wighton Centre, Dundee Central Library, DD1 1DB
Admission free – retiring collection

Wednesday 7th January 2015, 1.15pm
Karen Hannah fiddle and Kyle Howie piano

Wednesday, 4th March, 1.15pm
Barbara Dymock, singer,  and Chris Marra, guitar

Wednesday 1st April 1.15pm
Bob Knight, singer and songwriter

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

Saturday 24th January 2015, 10.30am for 11am
Mark Spalding Harpsichord and piano

Saturday 21st February 10.30 am for 11am.
Gerda Stevenson singer and songwriter, with Kyrre Slind multi-instrumentalist.
 

Saturday 21st March, 10.30am for 11am  
*change of artist*
Helen Forbes whistle, with Lou Lewis guitar

Saturday 18th April 2015, 10.30am for 11am
Bruce Davies

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

All classes are £5 / £3 under 16s

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

Not every Saturday
Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am
10, 24 Jan, 7, 21 Feb, 7, 21 Mar

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

every Saturday 
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

Autumn 2014

Music on board the Frigate Unicorn
South Victoria Dock Road, Dundee
Captains Cabin concerts on Wednesday evenings

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

Wednesday 1st October, 1.15pm
Scottish music 78s presented by Simon Chadwick

Wednesday 5th November, 1.15pm
Sheena Wellington Scots song

Wednesday 3rd December, 1.15pm
Wighton Singers

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

Saturday 20th September 2014, 10.30am for 11amPatsy Reid fiddle
Before the concert: a fiddle workshop in the Wighton Centre, 9.30am, £5.

Saturday 18th October 2014, 10.30am for 11am
Katherine Liley fiddle, and Martin MacDonald guitar

Saturday 22nd November 2014, 10.30am for 11am
Caireadean Gaelic & Scots song

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

All classes are £5 / £3 under 16s

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

Not every Saturday Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am
Sept 6, 20th; Oct 4, 18th; Nov 1, 15, 29th; Dec 13th.

every Saturday
fiddle 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

every Saturday 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

Summer 2014

Music on board the Frigate Unicorn
South Victoria Dock Road, Dundee
Tickets available online

Tuesday 6th May 2014 7.45pm: Tannahill Weavers
Friday 16th May 2014 7.45pm: Breabach 
Captains Cabin concerts
17th September: Simon Chadwick Scottish harp

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

Wednesday 7th May, 1.15pm
Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings Scots song and ukulele

Wednesday 4th June, 1.15pm
Erskine String Quartet

Wednesday 3rd September, 1.15pm
Knox & Ion guitar duo

Wednesday 1st October, 1.15pm
Scottish music 78s presented by Simon Chadwick

Wednesday 5th November, 1.15pm
Sheena Wellington Scots song

Wednesday 3rd December, 1.15pm
Wighton Singers

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

Saturday 19th April 2014, 10.30am for 11amPaul Livingstone violin

Saturday 24th May 2014, 10.30am for 11amNeil Paterson Songs, guitar, smallpipes

Saturday 22nd June 2014, 10.30am for 11amCaroline Taylor soprano

Saturday 23rd August 2014, 10.30am for 11amMatt Seattle border pipes

Saturday 20th September 2014, 10.30am for 11amPatsy Reid fiddle
Followed by a fiddle workshop – details TBA

Saturday 18th October 2014, 10.30am for 11am
Katherine Liley fiddle, and Martin MacDonald guitar

Saturday 22nd November 2014, 10.30am for 11amCaireadean Gaelic & Scots song

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

All classes are £5 / £3 under 16s

every Tuesday
Scots song with Sheena Wellington 2.00 pm

Suitable for beginners – just turn up

Not every Saturday Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy 10 am
April 5, 26, May 3, 17, 31, June 7, 21 (maybe 28)

every Saturday
fiddle with Karen Hannah 

11.00am-12.3opm

every Saturday
whistle with Helen Forbes 12.30-2.00pm

Whistles can be provided

every Saturday 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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