Congratulations to Lauren MacColl who has been nominated in Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Lauren MacColl the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Highland fiddler Lauren MacColl thrives on variety! Alongside a well established performing and recording career, she has taught fiddle for 15 years, both for arts organisations and privately.
Having recently retired as fiddle tutor for Junior dept of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland after 11 years, Lauren devotes her teaching time to her private students in Strathspey and Easter Ross, as well as to community classes for Fèis Rois. Her adult summer school – the ‘Black Isle Fiddle Weekend’ – established in 2011 is highly regarded for its quality of tuition, and regularly sells out within days of going on sale.
During this unusual year, Lauren has embraced online learning with her private students, and regular Fèis classes, whilst establishing a new online group class focusing on Highland fiddle style.
She is passionate about teaching old traditional material and passing on her love for the music that got her hooked as a teenager herself. Lauren is proud to do regular work for Fèis Rois, an organisation whose core values are access for all and inclusivity through music making.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
It’s what makes me tick! To pass on that love to others is hugely important to me
Any particular career highlights?
Teaching highlights for me are the small day-to-day things that mean a lot to each student’s development – helping someone find joy in their playing and express themselves, overcoming a tricky technique or bit of music.
What are your plans for the future?
For now, I look forward to the day when I can visit student’s homes again for lessons, or sit with my Friday morning class in a circle again with a cup of tea and a blether. I won’t ever take these moments for granted again
The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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