It was a chilly evening as I arrived with my clarsach, but it was warm and welcoming within the church - a packed house. It was a snug fit for the performers too, but I felt very relaxed sitting on stage waiting my turn, tapping my foot and enjoying the other first half acts: the Can't Help Singing choir, the Bonnyrigg and Lasswade Brass Band, and in particular the brilliant Matthew Maclennan on his accordion.
I played two sets, interspersing well-known tunes such as 'My Love is Like a Red Red Rose' and 'Skye Boat Song' with less familiar Scottish melodies and also some O'Carolan favourites.
The chamber orchestra version of my 2016 score 'This is My Beloved' is now complete. I have been engrossed in the writing of this work since mid 2014. It has undergone quite a few changes in that time (including a change of title). Watch this space for details of future performances.
In terms of new projects, I have had an idea for an historically-themed piece for children's choir and piano. Nothing on paper yet, but again, watch this space.