Ailie Robertson Harpist


Sunday 13th February 3pm

At West Street Arts Centre (4 West Street, Penicuik, EH26 9HY)

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of Celtic harp music with Award winning musician, Ailie Robertson!

Audience numbers are strictly limited, and ticket sales are advance only, by 12 noon on Saturday 12th February.

If you pay via this online facility, your ticket will be waiting for you on the door.

You are required to wear your face mask, unless you are genuinely exempt. Thanks for your understanding and care.

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Ailie Robertson (b.1983), from Edinburgh, is one of Scotland’s leading composers.

From her website: “She is a multi-award winning composer, performer and creative curator whose work crosses the boundaries of traditional and contemporary music. Winner of the ‘Achievement in New Music’ prize at the inaugural New Music Scotland Awards, Ailie has received commissions, awards and residences from the PRS Foundation Creative Scotland, Enterprise Music Scotland, the CCA, Culture Ireland, Celtic Connections,EIFF, and CALQ Montreal. Recent commissions include pieces for the 2019 BBC Proms, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sound Festival, the Riot Ensemble, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Bang on a Can, the Dunedin Consort, and the Glasgow School of Art Choir.
She is currently Composer-in-Residence for Sound Scotland and Glyndebourne Opera.”
Ailie is also “widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians and Celtic harpists. A five-time National Mod Gold Medalist and a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist, Ailie also won first prize at the inaugural London Harp Competition, was judged best overall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival and won the St Albans New Roots award. Her debut solo album ‘First things first’ won the ‘Live Ireland’ award for ‘Best Instrumental Cut of the Year’. She has performed and taught all over the world, released 3 solo Celtic Harp CDs and published 7 volumes of harp sheet music. She gives performances, teaches private lessons, and has an online harp school.”

“Innovative, assured and beautiful…her harp exerts an undeniable and inexorable tug at the heart strings” – Scotland on Sunday
“Flair, precision and consummate skill, plus passionate drive and gentle reserve. There’s many clichés you could use such as ‘old head on young shoulders’, and ‘talent beyond her years’ – but they don’t come close. Inspired genius.” – Folkwords
“A player of Ailie’s class has the ability to tear your heart out” – Maverick
“Robertson’s genius is in straddling the Irish and Scottish traditions with a fresh-faced and utterly bearable lightness of being.” – Irish Times
‘She is a superior musician, understands the tradition, has her own style and is at home in trad as in the jazz idiom. The amount of major awards she has won for her harp playing would fill this column. The awards don’t tell the story. This is wonderful. A major new star’ –