Anna Wendy Stevenson
Course Leader Anna-Wendy Stevenson is the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Applied Music.
A fiddler specialising in Celtic music, she has toured the world as a performer and teacher working with a range of artists and community groups. As a composer, she has written music for film, theatre, animation, TV and Royal Conservatoire exam boards.
In 2011, her Celtic Connections festival commission My Edinburgh was nominated for a BBC MG Alba Composer Of The Year award.
Anna-Wendy has produced several albums and recorded on over 35, working with many artists from different genres including her grandfather, composer and pianist Ronald Stevenson. She has directed for several TV shows and documentaries including BBC Itrad and BBC Christmas service which featured her students from Benbecula. She was also nominated Music Teacher Of The Year for the Scottish Music Industry Awards in 2011.
Touring the British isles with Live Music Now!, Anna-Wendy worked with people with special needs and in so doing developed a deep understanding of the value and relationship between music and health and wellbeing. Prior to a professional music career, Anna-Wendy worked for the BBC as a researcher in the music department of Radio Scotland.
She regularly performs with her husband, fiddler and composer Simon Bradley, and together they are based in Uist. Projects directed by Programme Leader Anna Wendy Stevenson.
A fiddler and composer, Simon Bradley has worked professionally in several Celtic genres as a performer, recording artist and educator.
He has taught on numerous workshops and summer schools in the UK and abroad and has recorded and toured with several bands including Llan de Cubel from Asturias in Northern Spain.
Simon's compositions are widely performed in the traditional music scene and he recently published a book of his tunes Buncrana To Baleshare and accompanying CD Grogarry Lodge, for which he was nominated for BBC MG Alba's Composer Of The Year 2012.
As composer in residence at local Museum and Arts Centre Taigh Chearsabhagh in March 2012, Simon explored transience in coastal habitation in the Uists. His innovative approach combined visual and musical compositions which were selected to exhibit at London's Apothecary Gallery earlier this year.
Simon launched a new collaboration between Scotland's foremost award-winning traditional composers, piper Ross Ainslie and accordionist Mairearad Green, which was debuted at the Celtic Connections festival in January 2013.
Simon lectures on the HNC Music programme.
Music tutor (bagpipes, whistle and flute) Iain MacDonald was born in Glenuig, a tiny Gaelic-speaking village which was inaccessible by road until 1967.
Educated in Glenuig and Mingarry Schools, he went on to Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, where he was taught piping by Pipe Major John MacKenzie of Campbeltown. Later piping tuition included pìobaireachd from P/M Roderick MacDonald of South Uist and lessons at Duncan Johnstone’s Piping School in Glasgow.
Iain is a founding member of the Fir Chlis Gaelic Repertory Theatre Co, and also worked with the 7:84 Theatre Co and Tosg. He played and toured with the traditional band Ossian for nine years, and played in the founding line-up of Wolfstone. After that, he joined Battlefield Band, and was a member until 1996.
Iain has recorded with many of the most well-known trad musicians working today, and has produced various albums of predominantly Gaelic traditional music, including Ann Martin, Dàimh, Dòchas, Julie Fowlis, Rona Lightfoot, Mary Smith, Blazin’ Fiddles, Kathleen MacInnes, Archie MacAllister, Griogair Lawrie and Mairead Stewart.
He is in demand as a teacher at many educational establishments such as the Traditional School of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Limerick University and the RSAMD.
Iain is currently the artistic director of Ceòlas, the Gaelic Arts Festival in South Uist, and keeps a busy performing schedule.
Roisin King studied Music and History of Art and Architecture with Trinity College Dublin.
Her main instruments are piano and whistle and her two masters degrees in Music from Kingston University London and the second in Irish Traditional Music performance from the University of Limerick have provided her with a wide range of musical reference and experience.
Whilst at the University of Limerick, where she worked as a lecturer in Audio Visual Technology, she collaborated with guitarist Steve Cooney, exploring the creative process and influence of the supernatural in traditional music.
Passionate about music education, Roisin has studied aural training and conducting with the Kodaly Society in Dublin under Hungarian conductor Dr Ildikó Herboly Koscár.
Roisin has worked as a choral conductor and teacher and sound engineer for the U2-funded Music Generation Scheme and has been employed for many years in film and television post production at ReelGood Studios, Windmill Lane Pictures and Inflight Audio where she worked with the National Sound Archive and the Charles Parker Archive.
She also holds a specialist certificate in Composition for Film and TV from Berklee College of Music and currently runs the module Sound and Vision, teaching film soundtrack composition.