Quernstane

Roger Lang - reader

Aimee Penman - soprano

Lawrence Dunn - baroque violin/modern violin

Gilmour Macleod - harpsichord/piano

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"So uncommonly friendly and forthcoming"

"Sluttish slothful and nasty people"

Two conflicting views of the Scots from visitors to Scotland. During the second half of the 18th century it became very popular, particularly among people from England, Wales and France, to make what was then the difficult and dangerous journey to the Highlands of Scotland, visiting country houses and admiring the spectacular scenery. Some of them kept journals or wrote letters home, and these were sometimes published as early "tourist guides".

The ensemble has been giving recitals throughout Scotland and during The Edinburgh International Fringe Festival since 1990. Their programmes are carefully researched and aim to create the atmosphere of 18th century Scotland by performing songs and music of the period and by including readings from contemporary letters, journals and newspapers.

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FORTHCOMING CONCERTS

Friday 12th August 2011

St. Andrew's and St. George's Church - 12.30 to 13.30

A CAPITAL VIEW!

Quernstane present a portrait in words and music of 18th century Edinburgh, using letters and journals of visitors. and classical and traditional music of the period.

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RECENT CONCERTS

SUNDAY 9th JANUARY 2011 - 6.00 p.m.

St. Giles at 6 series

St. Giles Cathedral - High Street, EDINBURGH

******* Admission Free *******

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BIOGRAPHIES

LAWRENCE DUNN studied violin with David Hume in Edinburgh and Malcolm Layfield in Manchester. He gives regular solo and chamber recitals during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and throughout Scotland on both modern and baroque instruments.As a freelance player he has performed with various orchestras including the Scottish Baroque Players, City of Glasgow Symphony Orchestra and Newcastle Baroque. He has been leader of the Edinburgh Light Orchestra and Edinburgh Palm Court Orchestra since 1999 and is Director of Philomusica of Edinburgh. He also works outside the field of classical music, having taken part in Celtic Connections and toured with the band "The Pearlfishers", and recently appeared as a Pictish Druid in BBC Scotlands "History of Scotland" series.

AIMEE PENMAN is a classically-trained singer with a light soprano voice (soubrette), which lends itself well to Baroque music. She enjoys singing in many different styles such as folk, jazz and pop and has recording experience providing vocals for electro/ambient tracks. She currently sings with an all-female a capella group 'The Wild Myrtles' singing songs from around the world. She has been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus and Edinburgh International Festival Chorus for 3 years. Past musical achievements include singing the solo in Scottish Ballet's production of 'The Snowman' for two years, soloist in Faure's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle with Napier Chamber Choir and soprano in Haydn's Harmonie Mass and Rutter's Requiem with Bearsden Choir.

ROGER LANG sings with many vocal and choral groups in Scotland - principally with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the Chorus of Scottish Opera and Perth Festival Chorus. He has also sung with Sinfonia Opera and Perth Festival Opera. Apart from singing he has acted as narrator since 1990 in various performances during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

GILMOUR MACLEOD studied the piano at Trinity College of Music under the professors Antony Lindsey and Christine Croshaw. During his studies he won the John Longmire Beethoven sonata competition and the college chamber music prize. He was also awarded the performance diploma and postgraduate certificate. While at college Gilmour was a regular concert artist throughout England and Ireland. He gave recitals at major London venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. John's Smith Square where he performed the Grieg Piano Concerto to grand acclaim. Since leaving college Gilmour has concentrated on playing chamber music performing with a variety of London-based ensembles and now concentrates his energy on the regular performances he gives with the Helicon Ensemble.He also enjoys other musical activities including choir leading, accompanying and teaching piano.

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SAMPLES FROM CURRENT PROGRAMMES

1) "A Capital View!" - words and music from 18th and early 19th century Edinburgh.

Readings from James Boswell, Edward Topham, Henry Mackenzie, Tobias Smollett, Lord Cockburn and "The Mirror".

Fiddle tunes from the Gow collections, Pibroch by David Young, Harpsichord solo by Corri.

Songs by Robert Burns and others from the Scots Musical Museum.

2) A View from the Kirk - words and music from late 18th century Scotland.

Readings from the "Statistical Account of Scotland" (1790's) - comments by ministers of the Church of Scotland and others.

Fiddle tunes from the Gow Collections, Piano Sonata in G minor by Haydn

Songs by Robert Burns and others arranged by Corri, Haydn, Pleyel and Robert Riddell

3) "A Barbarous Music" - words and music from late 18th and early 19th century Scotland.

Letters between Edinburgh publisher George Thomson and Robert Burns, Haydn, Beethoven, Weber and Hummel.

Songs from the George Thomson Collections.

Airs from the Corri Collection of 1793.

4) "The Highland Jaunt" - The pleasures and perils of perambulation in 18th century Scotland. A portrait in words and music. Readings from travellers' letters and journals, fiddle tunes from the Gow Collections and James Oswald 's "Collection of Curious Scots Tunes, 1742" and songs by Robert Burns.

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