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Monday, 28 February 2011

Singer-songwriter Sheila Stewart tells stories for St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh!




7:30pm (1hr 30mins )

The great Traveller singer-storyteller Sheila Stewart ranges from Scotland to Ireland and back through the music and the traditions of her people promising a night to remember. Age 14+

Full Entry Fee: £9.00 Concession Fee: £7.00 Scottish Storytelling Centre Address: 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Friday, 25 February 2011

The Donaldson Report - teacher training in Scotland.

Graham Donaldson's report for the Scottish Government, Teaching Scotland's Future, is available online as a pdf.

The Thesis Whisperer - a post about literature reviews

Knowing when to stop
The Thesis Whisperer is a blog about writing PhD theses. This particular posting is about your literature review:-

This is the first guest post by Eloise Zoppos, a PhD student at Monash University. Here Eloise wonders whether managing a literature review is a similar to managing social media. On a large scale or long-term project the hardest part it can be hard to know where to start, and a PhD is no exception. However, now I’m in the third year of my PhD, I have come to realise that the hardest part is actually knowing when to stop.

Read on here ...

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

New report on leadership in Higher Education

Project: Leadership and management of international partnerships.

  • Leadership Foundation for Higher Education - homepage.
  • Final report just published - RSAMD Whittaker Library has a copy.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Festival Bled 2011

Festival Bled 13th International Competition
Violin and Viola 4th-6th July 2011 (Violin) 11th-13th July 2011 (Viola) For more information, do visit the website.

Identify 16th century sacred music

Your reward will be the gratitude of librarians and researchers at Cambridge University. Here's the story.

MusiCB3 Blog is the music library blog at Cambridge, representing both the University Library and the Pendlebury departmental library:-

  • Music Department, Cambridge University Library West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR
  • Pendlebury Library of Music, Faculty of Music 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Scottish storytelling bursary

A bursary for telling stories? Sounds too good to be true? Find out more here. Promoted by the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Friday, 18 February 2011

New books for the traditional musician

Rob Young - Electric Eden (Find it in the Whittaker Library here) James Yorkston - It's lovely to be here: the touring diaries of a Scottish gent (Find it in the Whittaker Library here) See the book-covers in My Library - Scroll down to find the Library Thing app in the sidebar of this blog.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Sir John Stainer's manuscripts in Durham University Library

All Stainer's papers were bequeathed to Durham University Library last year. Now they're fundraising to establish a scholarship fund for postgraduate studies in British Church Music.

  • Durham University - Spotlight on Stainer
  • Read about the bequest and other exciting items displayed in the current Treasures Exhibition, here.

RSAMD Music Librarian Karen McAulay was a Music undergraduate at Durham, and plans to attend a special fundraising event in March 2011. Watch this space for a report after the event!

Scottish Storytelling Centre goes all historical

The latest newsletter from the Scottish Storytelling Centre tells us that,

This week the Centre is taken over by history as we explore the Jacobites through art, story and song to accompany the exhibition of the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry.

Events - Training Programme - Contact Details

FifeSing 2011 - May 13-15

New website up and running, Booking Form in place. The brochure will be available to download very soon.

FifeSing 2011 promises concerts, workshops and talks, and a great line-up of guests:-

FifeSing 2011 Guest List

  • Len Graham from Newry in Northern Ireland
  • Jock Duncan from Pitlochry
  • Emily Portman, singer, writer & concertina player based in North East England
  • Danny Couper from Aberdeen
  • John Valentine from Cove Bay, bothy ballads and the cornkisters of the north-east
  • Duncan MacRae, singer-blacksmith at Coaltown of Balgonie
  • Brian Dawson
  • Dr Emily Lyle, noted scholar of oral culture, mythology and traditional balladry - Sunday morning Guest Speaker

FifeSing 2011

Diigo - save those favourites

With the news that Yahoo won't be continuing to support Diigo indefinitely, fans of social bookmarking have identified Diigo as a new, viable alternative. Indeed, it's arguably better, offering some of the features of Zotero as well as the bookmarking capabilities of Delicious.
  • Transferring your favourites from Diigo to Delicious is a doddle.
  • Access your favourites from your PC, android or other device with ease
  • Users of RSAMD Moodle will find Diigo endorsed by our Moodle gurus too
  • Musings about librarianship - a blog from Singapore comments on Diigo

Visit to get started.

An evening with Kurt Elling (and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra)

An Evening with KURT ELLING Visit SNJO website for more details! Fri.11 March - EDINBURGH Queen’s Hall 7:30pm Sat.12 March - GLASGOW RSAMD Concert Hall 7 7:30pm Sun.13 March - STIRLING MacRobert 7:30pm Mon 14 March - LONDON The Barbican 7.30pm. The SNJO plays the second half with Kurt.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Threats to British Film Institute's research facilities

The British film industry is worth fighting for: Government cuts will damage our ability to tell the world about our national culture

Gurinder Chadha writes for the Guardian, Friday 11th February 2011.

Anderson Archive, University of Stirling: project working on the work of film/theatre director Lindsay Anderson

The Cinema Authorship of Lindsay Anderson - Three-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Read about the research project at the University of Stirling here.

Central School of Speech and Drama awards first PhD

Broderick Chow graduates with PhD, "How to do things with jokes: relocating the political dimension of performance comedy", at Central School of Speech and Drama. Read about Chow's research here.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Hebridean tradition comes to an end

On the BBC News website:- Skye crofter 'last' to swim his cattle between grazings. Read - and watch it - here. Surely this will prompt a Gaelic singer to write a song about it?

RNID interviews composer Lloyd Coleman at Royal Academy of Music

Read about an 18-year old musician, conductor and composer who has defied hearing loss to pursue his musical ambitions.

RNID Action on Hearing Loss - Lloyd Coleman.

RNID Action on Hearing Loss - homepage.

AyeWrite! Glasgow's book festival, 4-12 March 2011

Now an established part of the arts scene in Glasgow, taking place at The Mitchell Library, 4-12 March 2011. Full details here.

Schubert competition, Kunst Uni Graz, February 2012

Franz Schubert and Modern Music
8th International Competition, 8-16 February 2012
4 classes:-
  • Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied)
  • Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello
  • String Quartet
  • Composition competition

Visit the website here. (English pages here.)

Summer masterclasses in Switzerland

49 Academie de Musique
Sion, Suisse, 14 July - 15 August 2011
English version of website here.

Auditions for accompanist-repetiteurs, Flanders Opera Studio

Flanders Opera Studio
Auditions for accompanists-repetiteurs will take place in Lisboa, London and Gent in March 2011:-
  • Lisbon 7 March
  • London 20 March
  • Gent 27 March
Visit the website for full details. There are applications for pianists and also for singers, here.

Competition in Estonia for young opera singers

The 7th Klaudia Taev International Competition for Young Opera Singers June 8-12, 2011 in Pärnu, Estonia
Deadline for applications: 8 April 2011.
Further details here.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Scottish Poetry Library

Whittaker received this posting today:-

Poetry Issues 19 from the Scottish Poetry Library • Heads-up on new poetry titles for spring, • contact email for the new Makar, • training from the Scottish Storytelling Centre • Valentine’s for all ages – titles to grab from stock for a quick display… *Stop Press - show your love for public libraries and join the protest outside the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 5 Feb*

Shakespeare's Globe on tour 2011

Shakespeare's Globe is touring Hamlet and As you like it, this year.
  • Dumfries, 6th and 7th June 2011.*
  • Visit the website for further tour details in due course.
  • Theatre Box Office link.

From the website:-

"Touring in 2011

Performed on an Elizabethan-inspired stage, a small troupe of travelling players breathe new life into two of Shakespeare's most well-loved plays at a variety of inspiring venues around the UK and Europe. Following the success of our tours of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Comedy of Errors in Summer 2010, Shakespeare's Globe on Tour return with Hamlet and As You Like It. Touring venues and dates will be announced in early 2011. Both plays will also visit the Globe for a short run during the 2011 Theatre Season."

* Dumfries performances supported by BDS (Bibliographic Data Services Ltd), who can provide further info if you email them at, putting Globe as your subject.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Liz Lochhead new Scottish Makar

Read the news