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15 January 2019Women In Their Own Write Harp Course

Karen is teaching a weekend course on 6th & 7th April as part of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival  aimed at elementary/intermediate players. There will be two sessions each day 1-2.30pm and 4.30-6pm

Focusing mainly on Scottish and Gaelic tunes and airs, we will look at music written by Scottish women at various points in history. There are many female tunesmiths and composers working in the traditional scene today but this course will introduce you to the work of those who went before. Essential elements of arranging – harmony, voicings, rhythms and ornamentation will be explored in these new arrangements. Written music will be provided from the start if wished but the course will also be taught phrase by phrase by ear, accommodating all levels of reading and learning styles.

The course costs £68 and can be booked here

15 January 2019Works by Women

Karen is delivering a one hour informal talk/demonstration on works written by women from various time periods and cultures to inspire and encourage you to add more female composers to your repertoire and programmes. Using recordings, live performance, audio/visual presentation and handouts, Karen will introduce you to the music of female composers from the past who deserve to be heard today. If you’d like to bring your harp, we will end by playing Dame Ethel Smyth’s Suffragette anthem, The March of the Women arranged by Karen to celebrate 100 years of votes for women. (Music available at the Festival.)

Wednesday 10th April 11am-12noon Merchiston Castle School Edinburgh £8.75 - part of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival

Booking here

14 November 2018Friday 16 November in Edinbugh

Friday 16 November - Under the Avatar - Compassion, Trauma and the Arts  7.30-9.30pm with Stovies Supper
Edinburgh SNP Club, 16, North St. Andrew St, Edinburgh
Allan Macdonald, Cathal McConnell, 
Lisa Rigby, Penny Stone, Karen Marshalsay,
Robert Alan Jamieson, Joy Hendry and Steve Burnett (United Nations Envoy for Peace through Music and maker of the Wilfred Owen violin)
An evening of music, poetry and song featuring some of Edinburgh’s finest artists, hosted by Lorna J. Waite, to commemorate the end of the First World War and to fundraise for
The Rivers Centre, Edinburgh which supports people recovering from trauma. 
Tickets £10/8 available on the door, from the Edinburgh SNP Club

01 November 201810 November Glasgow gig

Karen will give a solo lunchtime recital on Saturday 10 November 1-2pm for Sphere at RSS in Renfield St Stephen's Church Bath Street Glasgow. No tickets, retiral donations welcome.

10 October 2018Cathal McConnell Trio at Craiglockhart Church 20 October

The Cathal McConnell Trio will be performing at Craiglockhart Church Edinburgh 7.30pm on Saturday 20 October - tickets £10 on the door, from 0131 444 1615 or contact Karen by email. A rare chance to hear the master play locally in an intimate acoustic venue.

25 September 2018Miniatures premiered 25 September

Renowned harpist Olivia Jageurs will be performing one of Karen's works "Coruscating" at Shortwave Nights in Bermondsey 25 September with violinist Philippa Mo as part of a series of miniature 15 second works written by composers all over the globe. It will also be live streamed on the 15second harp Facebook page.

more info on the live event 

06 September 2018YouTube channel

Karen now has a YouTube channel and the first short video is up - a demonstration of an ornament called 'the beat' which she uses a lot and often gets asked by other players how she does it as it's not that common a technique. Go check it out! And if you have any feedback or requests for future videos you can get in touch here.

18 August 2018Extra date with Misha's Gang 22 August

Yesterday's concert sold out at Surgeons Hall so we've added in an extra one on Wednesday 22nd August 3pm at Surgeons Hall Grand Theatre. This will be the last chance to see this Scottish/Russian, trad/classical, harp & strings collaboration at the Edinburgh Fringe! Tickets £12/10 online or at the venue.

02 August 2018Fringe dates with Misha's Gang!

Karen will be guest soloist with the Russian String Orchestra conducted by Misha Rachlevsky in the Misha's Gang shows on Monday 6th, Sunday 12th and Friday 17th August - 3pm at the Space at Surgeons Hall (Venue 53) playing two of her compositions for harp and string orchestra The Girl with the Purple Harp and The Road to Dalginross. Tickets available online  £14/£10 and from the venue.

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