Congratulations to Amy Lord who has been nominated in the Passing It On – Educators’ Awards category. VOTE NOW!
We asked her the following questions.
Tell us more about yourself
I come from Dunblane, but I now live in Glasgow and my work takes me all over the country. I use my passion for Scottish heritage and culture to showcase and teach it’s beautiful music and song. I like to show my own enthusiasm for the subject when I’m teaching as I think it helps people embrace it and get into it.
I founded and tutor The Liltin’ Lassies Community singing group based in Dunblane and through that I have had the oppurtunity to study, teach and sing other genres of music. I co-designer and I am the tutor of the YMI funded Stirling Scots Sang & Language Project in conjunction with the Tolbooth and Stirling Council. I also teach for several other singing groups and childrens education classes throughout Scotland.
How long have you been singing?
I was brought up in Dunblane, Central Scotland and my love for Scottish and traditional music was forged early in life as I grew up in a musical home. I was constantly surrounded by song, history and humour which encouraged and nurtured a great passion for my Scottish heritage. I started singing publicly in my teens at local folk clubs and joining local community singing groups, and then went on to study Scottish Music at the RCS where I obtained my honours degree specialising in Scots Song and Language.
I realised my passion for teaching whilst studying and part time working on local community music projects for singing and in my fourth year set up The Liltin’ Lassies, which has now been running for ten years.
What have you got planned for the next year?
Plans for the next twelve months include : The tenth anniversary of the Stirling Scots Song & Languge Project next June which will feature a large celebratory concert with local schools; I have moved to Glasgow recently and will start working more in my locality on projects with fellow song tutors; Fundraising for and recording an album with the Liltin’ Lassies. This will be the third year of the ‘Joy & Light’ Concert which I organise as a charity fundraising event involving Scottish community singing groups and choirs – each year it is growing and becoming more joyous and spirit raising; I will continue to perform, teach and fundraise with the Liltin’ Lassies and the other choirs I am honoured to tutor for.
What has been the highlight of your journey thus far?
I have so many it’s hard to pick! Bringing 350+ primary school aged children together to commemorate the battle of Bannockburn through music and song in 2014 was one. The children aged 5-12 across four schools in the Bannockburn area studied Scots songs about the battle and wrote poetry, created art and sang beautifully in a concert for friends, famiy and local council members.
Also, recently, the Liltin’ Lassies celebrated our ten years together with a large concert in our home town of Dunblane. It was a beautiful evening where friends, past members, families and well wishers of the group came and celebrated with us. It was wonderful to see some of the Lassies performing in small groups, work hard on extremely difficult pieces and enjoy themselves whilst doing it, when in many cases, when they first started they would never have dreamed they’d have been comfortable on stage.
How does it feel to be nominated in this category?
I’m truly delighted to be nominated for this award as it’s fantastic to be recognised in a field of work I’m so passionate about. I get so much pleasure from making people laugh and enjoy themselves whilst learning about something I am so enthused and excited about myself, so it’s a genuinely lovely thing to have been selected. I never feel like my work is a job, it’s just getting to sing and talk with awesome people, of all ages, all of the time. Having the privilege of working within this profession has enabled me to learn much about my own musicianship and has broadened my enthusiam for educating.