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Lunchtime Recital - Wednesday 4th February

The Lunchtime Recital at Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate Centre, Dundee,  on Wednesday 4th February, will feature well-known local fiddle teacher Morag  Anne Elder & 17 year old Joanna Stark.

The Tayport duo will  brighten a winter day with Music for the Season played on fiddle, cello and guitar.

1.15pm Admission free, donations welcome.

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Pert, Stockhausen, McGuire & Bartok in the Wighton Centre


This morning, Mark Spalding presented his diverse and fascinating programme of 20th century keyboard music for this year's first Friends of Wighton cappuccino concert. To a full audience, Mark presented a selection of compositions played on no fewer than five keyboards - the electric piano, two electronic keyboards, melodica, and the lovely Wighton harpsichord.

Mark was joined by Haworth Hodgkinson who provided improvised percussion responses to each of the 12 sections of the Stockhausen "Tierkreis" (signs of the zodiac) cycle. The alternation of the very quick, complex, almost mechanistic keyboard sections, each played on a different instrument, with the very free and impressionistic and very loud gong percussion interludes, was really striking, and helped very much this music to become intelligible and accessible to all present. I think quite a few people were very surprised to hear the atonal Stockhausen music played on the harpsichord!


Howarth also performed two lively and thoughtful pieces of his own poetry with instrumental accompaniment, one played on a giant bass recorder and one played on a gas bottle.

In his concise but useful spoken introductions to each work, Mark made a number of interesting connections with Dundee for many of the pieces. The suite by Morris Pert which opened the programme was very well played, and it was a great pleasure to have the composer Eddie McGuire present for Mark's playing of a couple of his piano and organ works.

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Wighton harpsichord & piano concert in Dundee



On Saturday 24th January, the first in this year's series of Cappuccino Concerts will be held in the Wighton Centre, upstairs in Dundee Central Library.

These popular Saturday morning events are held every month, with coffee and newspapers served from 10.30am and the music performance from 11am to noon. Admission is £5.

For January, the Friends of Wighton are pleased to welcome back Mark Spalding, who will perform a programme of unusual and exciting music on the piano and also on the Wighton harpsichord - a delicious 18th-century style instrument that is kept in the Wighton centre.

The programme will include some Burns night themed music by Eddie McGuire, as well as showcasing some items from Mark's latest project to mark the 40th anniversary of Stockhausen's "Tierkreis" (signs of the zodiac).

Mark said: "This is Stockhausen's most popular and accessible piece: very tuneful, each of the 12 melodies has a definite tonal centre".

Mark will also be joined by composer Haworth Hodgkinson, who will perform some of his own compositions as well as providing percussion for Mark's Stockhausen performance.

Mark's playing on the beautiful harpsichord is sensitive and expressive and is always a hit with Wighton Centre regulars. This unusual programme of piano and harpsichord music should prove to be a very enjoyable morning!

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Wighton Scottish song & musical instrument classes

The Friends of Wighton's popular programme of Scottish traditional song and music workshops will restart on Saturday 10th January.

The classes are tutored by well-known local musicians and offer an opportunity for both beginners and singers / players to learn in a friendly group environment.

On offer are classes in Gaelic song, Scots song, fiddle, whistle and harp.
 - Gaelic song with Wilma Kennedy at 10am,
- fiddle at 11am with Anna Olafsson/Karen Hannah, followed by beginner fiddle at 12noon, 
- whistle with Helen Forbes at 12.30pm
- Simon Chadwick's harp class at 2pm. 
- The Wighton Singers will meet on Tuesday 13th at 2pm.

For more info please see the "what's on" page linked above.
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