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Click here for the BBC news report on the opening of Fest n Furious at the Wighton Centre today

Historical harp specialist Simon Chadwick will be appearing at Dundee's Wighton Centre on Wednesday 3rd October 2007, at 1.15pm.

He will be performing a programme of ancient Scottish harp music taken from the historic Scottish music books preserved in the Wighton Collection.

The collection of over 700 music books, mostly dating from the 18th century, was left to the City of Dundee by merchant Andrew Wighton in the 19th century. It is now housed in a purpose-built performance and study centre upstairs in the Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB

Simon is an acknowledged expert on the performance and traditions on the early clàrsach, the medieval harp of Scotland and Ireland. He will be playing his new replica of the 15th century harp of Mary, Queen of Scots. The original, 500 years old, is preserved in a glass case in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Simon's replica was built for him by a sculptor in Ireland; it is covered in minute decoration, painting and carving, and has strings of gold and silver wire.

The Friends of Wighton hold a lunchtime recital on the first Wednesday of every month. On 7th November the performer will be singer Barbara Dymock, and on 5th December Sheena Wellington will be appearing.

Admission is free; there will be a collection to support the work of the Friends in preserving and making accessible this hidden musical treasure in the heart of Dundee.

For more information contact
www.friendsofwighton.com
07792 336804
secretary@friendsofwighton.com
The Friends of Wighton are restarting their weekly music classes in the Wighton Centre, upstairs in Dundee's Central Library in the Wellgate Centre. Please note that the class times have changed since last term!

After the success of last term's classes, tuition is being offered again in fiddle, whistle, historical Scottish harp and Scots song. The classes are suitable for beginners and are an ideal opportunity to discover local musical traditions and investigate the musical treasures locked away in the old books kept in the city's Wighton Collection.

Fiddle classes are taught by the wonderful Fife fiddle expert Karen Hannah Reid, and run from 11am to 12.30pm every Saturday.

Tin whistle classes are given by Helen Forbes from Dundee, one of the best whistle players in Scotland, and run from 12.30 to 2pm on Saturdays.

The harp classes are led by Simon Chadwick, from St Andrews, who is one of only a handful of people worldwide playing historical Scottish and Irish harp music using replica medieval and renaissance instruments. They are on Saturdays from 2 to 3.30pm.

Scots song classes are tutored by the famous Dundee singer Maureen Jelks, and are held every Tuesday from 2 to 3.30pm

Instrument classes cost £4 per week (£2.50 concessions) and the song classes are £2 (£1 concessions). For the instrument classes, tin whistles are available to buy cheaply; fiddles made by a Fife violin maker can be borrowed and replica medieval harps with brass, sterling silver and gold strings are available to rent.


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