Mandolin Tour of local schools
Item Posted: Tuesday 27th October, 2009
Young people from Dunoon, Strachur, Glendaruel and Lochgilphead got together on Sunday for the first of a monthly series of workshops for fiddle and mandolin- they seemed to relish the idea of getting together with youngsters from other schools with similar interests. Over the coming year until December 2010 they will learn to arrange music and work towards a public performance. It’s something entirely new-Cowal young fiddlers have not had much opportunity hitherto to play in bands with other young people, because fiddle hasn’t been taught in schools here until recently. Mandolin has being added into the mix, and clarsach and tin whistle might become available at later workshops - with all the chanter instruction out there in Cowal, it should be an instrument that our young people will take to easily.
For these experimental, innovative workshops, modern, recently composed, music will be featured, although the tutors will aim to pass on a love of the ‘old’ music as well.
The fiddle tutor, Sarah Naylor, is already the tutor for the local in-schools programme, so was well known to many of the participants. The new mandolin tutor is Alan Jones from Hamilton, who plays for the Ceilidh Band Hot Toddy and teaches for Glasgow Fiddle Workshop and others. So the youngsters benefitted from some of the best available tutors around!
This series of workshops are made possible by the generosity of the Scottish Arts Council, the Gannochy Trust, the Argyll Educational Trust and the Lanarkshire Guitar and Mandolin Association.
Any musical, or musically minded, children or their parents are asked to get in touch, as they might still be accommodated for the next workshop on Sunday afternoon, 6th November, in Strachur Primary School Contact Linda Morpurgo (01301 703559) or firstname.lastname@example.org.