The Performing Hat.

You may have already gathered that I’m very musically active.

Most of this activity happens in rehearsals with Glasgow Studio Orchestra, Flutes Unlimited and Paragon Music.

I play flute, alto flute and piccolo (normal flute, bigger flute and mini flute of wood) with Glasgow Studio Orchestra – we specialise in music from the stage and screen.  We’ve done some pretty cool stuff recently including GAMTA’s 21st Gala Concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.  For updates on future concerts follow @studioorch on Twitter, have a listen to our Soundcloud, and please do like us on Facebook if you like us!

Flutes Unlimited are a flute choir (flutes, flutes, more flutes) who I play alto flute with.  I also arrange music for flutes – I like re-working pop songs in particular – for the flute choir to play as a whole or in small groups.  We perform a few times during the year – mostly in the Southside of Glasgow – and have come first in Glasgow Music Festival’s Wind Orchestras and Bands class twice in a row (2014, 2015).  We also host workshops sometimes, so if you’re a flute player around Glasgow do keep an eye out for that, and of course if you’d like to join us just get in touch!

Paragon Music is where the most creative part of my playing happens.  This is what has pushed me to start writing my own music again.  Over the last few years I’ve been involved in Paragon’s music and dance programme, M3, creating new pieces for performance with other musicians and dancers.  This was the first time as a professional musician that I really had to discover how to improvise and create, and get over that fear of being creative.  Paragon have also given me the chance to be involved in other performances, including an exciting concert in Mumbai, India where I also did a bit of singing.  As a flute player, most of my playing involves reading other people’s music, so I really enjoy opportunities where I get to do something different, contribute my own ideas, and be more free.

Other exciting performances I’ve done include the River of Music – a two-year project with Celtic Connections and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad – where I had the opportunity to work alongside some of Scotland and India’s top musicians, alongside other young musicians from Scotland.  This was a bit of a family affair for me, as both my brother and I were involved the whole way through.  

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