I have so many opportunities to collaborate with other musicians as part of the Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University. Recently I was thrilled to perform alongside students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at the world-renowned festival Celtic Connections!
Myself and a selection of other folk degree students travelled to Glasgow to take part in Celtic Connections. This is one of the largest music festivals in Scotland. A few days of intensive rehearsals were essential before the Saturday concert. Followed, of course, by the infamous festival club in the evening!
This was an amazing project to be part of. I met other young musicians we performed together in the Strathclyde Suite of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. It was really exciting to be included on the same festival programme as today’s leading artists. We shared tunes and ideas with the students in Glasgow, and were led by Catriona Macdonald, Phil Cunningham and Jenn Butterworth – prominent musicians on the traditional music scene. Catriona also leads the Folk and Traditional Music degree here at Newcastle – we’re so lucky to have her!
The gig was a great success. We played some of our own material and finished with some roaring collaborative sets. It went down a storm!
Check out our album of photos taken at the gig on Facebook.
These are the opportunities Newcastle give us – to perform with world-leading musicians and help us to make creative connections and friendships.