Simon Chadwick - Early Harp

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Selected locations of previous performances in Scotland

Anstruther (Fisheries Museum)
Arbroath (Arbroath Abbey, Hospitalfield House)
Armadale, Skye (Museum of the Isles)
Castlebay, Barra (Castlebay Hotel, Kisimul Castle)
Dundee (Wighton Centre, City Chambers, St Andrews Church, Frigate Unicorn)
Dunfermline (Abbey ruins, Abbot’s House)
Edinburgh (Scottish Storytelling Centre, National Museum of Scotland, Exchange Rooms)
Falkland (House of Falkland, Falkland Palace)
Glasgow (Provands Lordship, Hutcheson's Hall, Art Club)
Oban (Dunollie Castle)
St Andrews (Cathedral, MUSA, Byre Theatre, Younger Hall)
Whithorn (Swallow Theatre)

Selected list of previous clients

BBC Scotland (video)
Brechin Arts Festival
British Museum, London (video)
Celtic Connections, Glasgow
Edinburgh International Harp Festival
Historic Scotland
Islands Book Trust
Kinross-shire Music Festival
Mary Queen of Scots Festival, Kinross
National Trust for Scotland
National Museum of Scotland
Northern Streams festival, Edinburgh
Perthshire Amber festival, Dunkeld
Piping Live, Glasgow
Pittenween Arts Festival
Royal Scottish Acadamy of Music & Drama
Stage International de Harpe Celtique, Dinan, Brittany
University of Dundee
University of Leeds
University of Oxford
University of St Andrews (video)

Typical programmes, with year of first public performance

Medieval sacred music (2006)
This programme includes music from the St Andrews Cathedral Music Book (13th century), and also includes a demonstration of the three medieval instruments said to have been played in Scotland according to Giraldus Cambrensis c.1200

Medieval secular music (2006)
This programme highlights the ceremonial and domestic music of medieval Scotland, with tunes collected from old tradition which have a medieval subject or provenance.

Carolan, Connellan & Lyons (2010)
This programme presents Irish baroque music played on a copy of an 18th century Irish harp.

Old Gaelic Laments (2011)
This programme accompanied my 2012 CD of the same name. Laments and other funereal music from 16th-17th century Scotland and Ireland

Music of the Scottish Harpers (2011)
This programme presents compositions by named Scottish harper-composers from the 17th and 18th centuries

Margaret 1281 (2012)
This programme presents the story of Princess Margaret and the lead up to the Wars of Independence through traditional and historical music, song and storytelling.

Heroic Music (2012)
This programme presents tunes and songs associated with the heroic tales from medieval Scotland including tunes for King Arthur, Finn Mac Cumhail, and Tristan.

Tarbh (2013)
This programme presents the grand formal compositions of the 18th century Scottish composer Raghnall Mac Ailein Òig, to accompany my 2013 CD of the same name.

The Bowed Lyre of the Old North (2013)
This programme presents a musical journey from Russia to Canada via Scandinavia, Shetland and Iceland, played on a rustic bowed lyre with two horsehair strings

Lament for the Union (2014)
Hot political tunes from 300 years ago.

Ceòl Rígh Innse Gall (2014)
“Music for the Lords of the Isles’ - a recreation of the music performed in the medieval West Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Medieval bardic poetry by MacMhuirich and other poets, sung with harp accompaniment, as well as extended instrumental variation sets. In collaboration with Gaelic singer Gillebrìde MacMillan.

The contest betwixt fiddle & harp (2015)
18th century Scottish tunes played on historical clarsach and also on fiddle, to highlight the connections and comparisons between these closely-related strands of old Scottish music tradition.

Music of the Queen Mary harp (2016)
The 18th century repertory of John Robertson of Lude, and 17th century tunes from Lude house and with Perthshire connections.

Victorian Visions (2017)
19th century re-imaginings of medieval tunes from Scotland, Ireland and Wales

Collaborations have included working with singers (Gaelic and Scots) as well as solo fiddle players (violin as well as viola). I have also provided music for theatre productions and alongside poetry readings and to accompany storytelling.

I am interested in other traditional arts and ancient oral traditions, and sometimes include lyre, jouhikko, fiddle, song and storytelling in my recitals.

Simon Chadwick, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Return to Index page.