Kathryn pays high school a visit

Kathryn Tickell with Elizabeth Quigley
Kathryn Tickell with Elizabeth Quigley

A renowned Northumbrian musician was a special guest at a Ponteland school.

Kathryn Tickell OBE is regarded as the foremost performer of the Northumbrian pipes and fiddle, as well as a composer and educator whose music is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumberland.

She visited Ponteland High School in her role as Director of Magnetic North East, a new project celebrating and promoting the identity of the North East of England through its music, arts, culture and heritage.

Kathryn is particularly interested in encouraging harp players to promote Northumbrian music in the region and came to listen to Elizabeth Quigley play her clarsach.

Elizabeth has been playing her harp for five years and is studying for her Grade 4 ABRSM exam.

She has given many wonderful performances at school, home and in the Wansbeck Music Festival, and is looking forward to the opportunities of promoting Northumbrian music further with the Northumbrian Ranters — maybe even with Kathryn Tickell in the future.

Kathryn Tickell is headlining this year’s Holy Island Festival on its closing weekend.

The festival takes place over three weekends in July at venues across Holy Island.
For more information about the festival visit www.holyislandfestival.org