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Elspeth McVeigh, Soprano

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Concerts take place at Mellerstain House, commencing at 7:30 unless otherwise stated. Tickets should be booked in advance since the Music Room has limited capacity.

 

Elspeth McVeigh, Soprano

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Elspeth McVeigh, Soprano

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The programme is a selection of 17th and 18th century Scottish songs and instrumental pieces. Mellerstain House is a most appropriate setting for it was here that Lady Grizel Baillie, a noted 18th century poetess and songwriter and ancestress of the Earl of Haddington, lived.

Programme for September 13

“The Bonny Grey Eye’d Morn”

The programme will have pieces by Haydn and Brasanti and others as well as songs from 17th cent lute books and 18th cent “Orpheus Caledonius” and “Tea Table Miscellany - a Collection of “choice” Scottish songs”.

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Elspeth McVeigh primarily sings Renaissance and Baroque music.  She is noted for her sensitive interpretation of  traditional broadside ballads, and is often asked to give concerts  exploring this genre. Her performances have been described as "having a haunting quality of purity" and " informed"  historical interpretation and explanation.

She grew up in Scotland where she learned numerous traditional songs and ballads from her grandmother, many of which are rarely performed today. Elspeth is an accomplished singer of traditional early Scottish and European Baroque music.  She is also frequently asked to perform the music of Robert Burns and now lives in Vancouver, Canada, but frequently returns to her beloved Scotland to perform the songs learnt from past generations.  She has recently worked with the classical oriental "oud" - the precursor to the European lute, also with Chinese instruments and double bass - exploring early music as jazz.

Elspeth has a deep love for French airs de cour, which she loves to perform with early Scottish music as a juxtaposition of 17th cent styles. She is returning to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in August 2018, where she will be giving two concerts of early Scottish music with baroque fiddle accompaniment at St Andrews and St Georges West.

The 18th cent witnessed an intense interest and rediscovery of Scottish music. Mellerstain House, is a witness to this fashion, with its magnificent Music Rooms which were designed and built for Lady Grizel Baillie (née Hume; 1665 - 1746) a noted musician, who played and composed Scottish music.

The programme is a selection of 17th and 18th cent Scottish Songs and instrumental pieces which reflect the age and use of the music at Mellerstain and have been chosen to show the variety and beauty of this music and its peculiarly Scottish sound. Many of the songs are anonymous with roots reaching into the 16th cent.

Others were arrangements of traditional ie anonymous songs and broadside ballads whose essential melodies and lyrics were adapted, adopted and integrated into some splendid music of the period.

The programme will have pieces by Haydn and Brasanti and others as well as songs from 17th cent lute books and 18th cent “Orpheus Caledonius” and “Tea Table Miscellany - a Collection of “choice” Scottish songs”.