Joy Dunlop

Townhouse Recital Series - The Life & Work of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser

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Àite Seòladh Ceann-latha/Cinn-latha Àm/Àmannan
The Townhouse The Townhouse, 66 High St, KA12 0AX Irvine, North Ayrshire 28/04/19 1pm

A recital of the works of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser performed in Gaelic and English.

Joy Dunlop - Gaelic Singer

With an exquisitely expressive voice and a deep connection to the traditions of the Scottish Highlands, Joy Dunlop is one of today’s foremost Scottish Gaelic singers. A vocalist renowned for her ability to breath freshness into the most traditional material, Joy translates ancient Gaelic musical traditions into the twenty-first century with elegance and grace. The emotional power of her singing needs no translation, speaking to audiences across the divides of language and history in a voice as luminous and compelling as the landscapes of her native Argyll.

Raised in the small village of Connel on the west coast of Scotland, Joy was steeped in the musical traditions of Argyll since childhood. While maintaining a deep connection to these roots, she has risen to great honours as a vocalist, with a string of awards including the Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and two consecutive nominations as Gaelic Singer of the Year. Her debut album Dùsgadh (Awakening) received high acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including being named the Scots New Music Roots Recording of the Year and winning the and the Fatea Tradition Award. A seasoned and spirited live performer, Joy has toured from Europe to North America to New Zealand and performed at international festivals including Celtic Connections and Celtic Colours.

A passionate ambassador of Gaelic language and culture, Joy is also in demand as a television presenter, dancer, journalist and educator. She recently joined acclaimed Scottish duo Twelfth Day on the collaborative album Fiere and has also lent her talents to recordings with numerous other international artists. Her signature across all her work is the generosity with which she shares her culture and the elegance she brings to her interpretations.

Still, it is in her music that Joy focuses the brilliance of her voice and breadth of her knowledge on the material closest to her heart. The result is music deeply grounded in the Scottish authenticity and tradition yet infused with the energy of a new generation, all lit up with the passion and power of Joy’s shimmering voice.

David Douglas - Tenor

Ayrshire Tenor David Douglas trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music. He has gained considerable experience performing for some of the World's most prestigious companies including: Les Arts Florissants, Glyndbourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Dartington Advanced Opera, The Britten Pears Young Artist Program, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Dunedin Consort and Opera North. David enjoys taking a lead role in community music and outreach projects. He piloted the Singing Doctors project for Welsh National Opera and formed the arts organisations, Ayrshire Opera Experience and The Scots Opera Project.

Solo Oratorio experience includes; Magnificat, Vivaldi (Bollington Festival), Oratorio de Noel, Saint-Saens (Bolton Choral Union), Vespers, Monteverdi, For St Cecilia, Finzi (Levens Choir), Christmas Oratorio, Bach (Dumfries Choral, Cantorion Menai), Mass in G, Schubert, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Mozart (Todmorden Orchestra), Carmina Buranu, Orff (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), Messiah, Handel (Belfast Philharmonic, Hull Choral Union), Easter Oratorio, Paul Spicer (Northern Chamber Orchestra) and Hymn of Praise, Mendelssohn, Requiem, Bob Chilcott (Keighley Vocal Union & Skiptan Camerata).

David's roots are in Scottish traditional music which he performs regularly, recently releasing the album 'The Sweetest Hours, songs by Robert Burns'. Traditional performance highlights include: A Scottish Journey at the Royal Northern College of Music, The Red Lion Folk Club, St Margaret's Episcopal Church recital series, Folk for Folk Festival, Burns Meets the American Song Book and Burns to Bernstein (Robert Burns Birthplace Museum), Burns Aflame and headlining the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Alloway Sessions.

David’s Scots Opera Project roles including; Actéon in Charpentier's Actéon at the The National Trust of Scotland’s Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, The Gaiety Theatre Ayr, The Birnam Arts Centre and a special performance at The Robert Burns Humanitarian Awards and Orpheus in Charpentier's The Descent O' Orpheus Tae The Underwarl at NTS’s The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, The Barrfield Theatre as part of the Largs Viking festival and a performance run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Harbour’s Arts Centre, Irvine and the Birnam Arts Centre.

Andrew Dunlop - Piano & Clarsach

Andrew was born in 1985 in the Scottish west highland town of Oban and grew up in the nearby village of Connel, gaining his formative education at Achaleven Primary School and Oban High School respectively.

Equally at home in chamber music, song, and solo recitals, Andrew is a versatile musician who has performed across the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Switzerland and New Zealand. He received his Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in New York, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar under the guidance of Professor Barry Snyder. Andrew previously studied at the RNCM with Carole Presland, Alexander Melnikov and Mark Ray where he graduated with the Masters of Music in Performance with Distinction and the Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, in addition to the Alfred Clay Scholarship and the Hilda Anderson Dean Award for the highest recital and academic marks. During his student career, he was awarded scholarships from numerous organisations including Fulbright, Eastman, RNCM, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Craxton Memorial Trust, Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust and the Doris Strake Prize from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He was also a prize-winner in the RNCM Concerto, Ravel, Recital and Weill Prize for Chamber Music. From 2011-2012, Andrew served as the John Wilson Junior Fellow in Collaborative Piano at the RNCM.

In addition to his work with Northern Ballet, he regularly works as a staff pianist for Lake District Summer Music, the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, the Geneva International Summer Festival and Academy of Music and is an examiner for the ABRSM. Andrew is the Artistic Director of ‘Lorn Live’ Chamber Music Festival in Oban, Argyll. Previously, Andrew has worked as a Staff Pianist/Coach for Leeds College of Music and taught Keyboard Skills at the RNCM. Andrew is a Samling Scholar and Concordia Artist.

Andrew also enjoys working in the field of Traditional Music and reached the finals of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2013. He has represented Scotland twice at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland where he won First Prize in the New Song and International New Song Competition and Second Prize in the International Harp Competition. More recently, Andrew has served as an adjudicator for the Royal National Mòd in both Scotland and Canada. Frequently working with his sister, Gaelic Singer Joy Dunlop, Andrew can be heard on both her albums Dùsgadh and Faileasan.

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