The following 2017/18 Projects have been directed and led by Programme Leader Anna-Wendy Stevenson.

Anna-Wendy Stevenson is a fiddler and composer who has worked with a wide range of artists, organisations, universities, community groups, festivals and media in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Europe and recorded on over 30 commercial albums and film soundtracks.

She has lectured at several institutions and tutored summer schools including: the Conservatoire in Brest, Brittany, Ohio School of the Arts, Boston Harbour Fiddle School, Swannanoa Gathering (North Carolina, USA), Feis Rois and Ceolas.

She was winner of the University of the Highlands and Islands 2016 Best Video Conference Lecturer and has been finalist for several industry awards including Teacher of the Year in the Scottish Music Industry Awards 2011, Composer of the Year in the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards 2011 for her Celtic Connections Commission My Edinburgh.


Scots Trad Music Awards logo with nominee label

Nead nan Ceòladair - The Musicians' Nest

Nead nan Ceòladair - The Musicians' Nest

An album showcasing the talented musicians that have immersed themselves in music on the courses in Benbecula and have gone on to win awards and work in the traditional music field.

"A wonderful collection of Gaelic and Scottish Island music, one in which is an absolute credit to Lews Castle College UHI..."

(Ian D Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision)

Featuring Manx fiddler Tom Callister, Seonaidh Macintyre with Trail West and Elephant Sessions fiddler Euan Smilie, Inyal’s Robbie Greig, bands Eabhal and Hecla, Breabach piper and flautist James Duncan MacKenzie.

The album was launched with a huge reunion gathering at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of the Celtic Connections Festival programme February 3rd 2018.  The recording has received excellent reviews and was album of the week on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. Read the Scotsman review.

Orain na Cloinne Bige - Early Years Gaelic song web app

Orain na Cloinne Bige - Early Years Gaelic song web app

We were commissioned by the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Multimedia Unit to source, arrange and record music for 20 new Gaelic songs for early years, working with young Gaelic singers in the community in Uist.

The songs are accompanied by animations and the app has now been incorporated into Scotland’s Glow Education resources: Singing to Learn, Learning to Sing.

Far Flung Corners

Far Flung Corners

This is a partnership with the award winning Soundstorm Music Education Agency providing students with an opportunity to work with top professional musicians from Dorset on a creative musical exchange.

Our students have performed to over 4000 young people in Dorset and the Hebrides. In 2017 we released at the Celtic Connections Festival our commercial recording which included a new suite Suite Uist specially composed for the project.

The recording has received excellent reviews and was album of the week on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. Far Flung Corners Project was a finalist in the Herald Higher Education Awards 2017. 

Fuaran nan Eilean

Fuaran nan Eilean

In partnership with Feisean nan Gaidheal, Fuaran nan Eilean - Spring of the Islands - was a special collaboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands and Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

A performance and workshop tour of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia as part of the Celtic Colours Festival showcased Gaelic song repertoire collected and arranged in the Hebrides by students as part of the Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s innovative heritage project Fuaran.

Albaastur Cultural Exchange

Albaastur Cultural Exchange

An exciting project which facilitates professional teaching and performance experience at top festivals in the Celtic region of Asturias in Northern Spain and in Scotland, led by Simon Bradley.

Asturias is where our lecturer Simon Bradley has strong links as fiddler with the band Llan de Cubel for the past 20 years. The musical and cultural experience is led by Simon as director of the Albaastur Cultural Exchange project.  

Future projects and initiatives

Far Flung Corners

2019 - Dorset and Hebrides

HebCelt competition

Launching November 2018 – the winner will receive a funded performance slot at the HebCelt Festival 2019. Open to any performer or band which includes members who are studying or who have studied (graduates) on one of the music programmes delivered by Lews Castle College UHI – HNC Music, BA Applied Music, MA Music and the Environment.

Feis Rois

Kin and Community - Uist.

Uist Music Scholarship

£1000 scholarship to be launched November 2018 open to support a prospective student in locating to study music in Uist.

Leadership and Research

Programme Leader Anna-Wendy Stevenson was awarded one of two bursaries from Creative Scotland 2017 to study on the Engage Arts Extend Leadership Programme.  

Amstell, S, Kay, N., Pitceathly, J., Plimmer,J., Stevenson, A., 'Leading from the Edges’  Enquiry Report Extend Leadership Programme 2017-18