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Songs of the Hebrides – The songs and the story of Marjory Kennedy Fraser

Lecture-recital by Joan Busby, mezzo soprano, accompanied by Christine Gough, piano

Saturday 24 March at 12.00 noon

‘Songs of the Hebrides’ tells the amazing adventurous life story of Marjory Kennedy Fraser , illustrated by the Hebridean Songs  she collected and published. She travelled the world in her youth as accompanist to her father, the famous singer of Lowland Scots songs David Kennedy. Later, widowed after only three years of marriage, she settled  with her two young children in Edinburgh , teaching singing and piano, giving lecture- recitals and writing as a music critic for the Evening News. In 1904, the artist John Duncan wrote to her from Eriskay urging her to come to the remote island and set down the traditional songs that were still to be heard there. She made her first visit the following year and her life’s work from then on was devoted to the collection, arrangement, publication and performance of Hebridean songs, which became known and loved world wide.

Update: due to a wrist injury, Margaret McLeod is unable to accompany Joan Busby and will now be accompanied by Christine Gough. We wish Margaret all the very best and hope for a quick recovery.

CHRISTINE GOUGH was born in Edinburgh. As a child she studied violin, piano and later, singing. After completing undergraduate studies in music at Edinburgh University, she was awarded a scholarship to continue training at the Academy of Music and Drama in Vienna.

After gaining professional qualifications in accompaniment and chamber music there, Christine based herself for many years in London, becoming much sought-after as an accompanist for singers and instrumentalists as well as pursuing a busy career as a teacher. She has composed incidental music for BBC productions of Shakespeare’s ‘The two gentlemen of Verona’ and ‘All’s well that ends well’.

In 1978 she became an examiner for the Associated Boards of the RSM, travelling extensively throughout the world.

Earlier Event: March 15
New Members' Welcome Evening