Emily White Plays Crunchy Frog Stew in Huntly





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Uploaded on Sep 10, 2008

The music and images featured were recorded at the aftershow party of the Center of Huntly CD launch, on the 29 August 2008.

The launch was hosted by Deveron Arts and St Margarets Church - the aftershow party was hosted by artist Merlyn Riggs at the Deveron Arts Old Shop Studio.

We knew that getting a roomful of musicians and artists together would be an excuse to have a jam, but we expected folk music and perhaps some formal violin from Emily White - nobody expected classically trained Emily to enlist Brian Nisbet on a bassline, snatch up her trombone and start playing a jazz tune written by her father - it was fantastic, and luckily Emilys Great Aunt Stella was there to capture the moment on tape!

Emily White studied trombone at The Royal Academy of Music and later studied towards her Masters degree in violin and baroque violin with Rachel Podger and Walter Reiter at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She received her Diploma in historical violin from Trinity College of Music. She was awarded the 2006 Ludwig Lebell Bursary Award and after winning the Ella Kidney Early Music Prize gave a solo recital at the opening of the 2007 Early Music Exhibition.

Emily works as a freelance early and modern musician in London with musicians as diverse as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, His Majesties Sackbuts, and Cornettes & the Tiger Lilies. She has also been engaged regularly as a musician at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London since its opening in 1997. Her next project is a BBC television documentary with Charles Hazelwood ,featuring the music of Mendelssohn and Haydn.

Emily recently became resident musician with Deveron Arts in Huntly, during which she completed an extensive programme of research and performance focusing around the town's forgotten composer, Ronald Center. A wide programme of events was generated from Emilys work, including a world premiere performance of Ronald Centers String Quartet No.2.
Emily also enrolled internationally renowned musicians to collaborate in a unique recording of Centers work. Thanks to Emily's determination, this CD recording of the work of Ronald Center is now available on release.

Deveron Arts is a contemporary arts project in Huntly, a small rural 4,000 people-strong town in Aberdeenshire, the North-East of Scotland. The town - identity, context, population, politics, visible history - are the starting points for the work of the artists who we invite to come, live and work here.

Deveron Arts has neither gallery space nor an arts centre. Instead, the town is the venue is our guiding leitmotive. For each project the team, together with the artists, looks for a fitting context. These 'found venues', naturally populated by the people of Huntly, serve as a stage for a range of performances, installations and exhibitions. The absence of a building gives Deveron Arts the opportunity to utilise Huntly, the town, as a vehicle to stimulate research and dialogue through creative exchange.

Artists working with Deveron Arts are local and international, recent graduates and established figures. Focus is on the visual arts which form a catalyst connecting with performance artists, musicians and a wide range of other creative practitioners. The traces of their work have evolved into a collection - The Town Collection -, placed in pubs, shops, schools, offices and other spaces around the town.

Our studio/office is based in the Brander Building on the town square, where we welcome visits and new ideas.


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