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Insightful yet exhilarating, Contours of Cairngorm seamlessly unites the Scottish traditional and classical genres, and musicians.  

'Contours of Cairngorm' is a beautiful and exhilarating through composed piece, which has been developed from Mhairi Hall Trio's Cairngorm music.  The strings, which were arranged by Patsy Reid and Mhairi, help evoke the contours of the mountain adding a new texture to this highly acclaimed music.  The Live album was recorded live from The Grand City Halls in Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections 2011 and was performed by the Mhairi Hall Trio with Patsy and the renowned Edinburgh Quartet. 
Some things are just exciting to hear.  Mhairi Hall's piano playing and arranging is one of them.  BRIGHT YOUNG FOLK 

Mhairi and Patsy have received support from Enterprise Music Scotland to run Contours of Cairngorm as a very special educational performance project through a series of workshops and concerts. Their ethos is to bridge the gap between traditional and classical musicians through learning, sharing and making music together.  If you have a string group and are interested in finding out more, please get in touch.   

You can hear extracts from the piece on the Gifts page
What past Contours participants have said:

Sometimes it does you good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. My initial thoughts were, am I good/confident enough to play along with professional players? I am so glad that I made the decision to go for it. The day passed in a flash, and although hard work, it was a great learning experience for me. The concert was the culmination of the days hard graft, and I really enjoyed it, after settling into the initial few bars. Thanks for the opportunity to do something like this, and for the encouragement.” Dave Guy (Newtyle)


“Brilliant Contours of Cairngorm weekend in Mull with Patsy Reid, Mhairi Hall, Michael Bryan and Fraser Stone - a great chance to play amazing music with amazing people. If you play the fiddle, look it up, you’d love it. I’m going back!” Libby McGugan (Glenfarg)


“Thank you so much for running the course. I really enjoyed it! I learnt a lot and it was great to meet some new people too! It was great to get to perform as well. Thanks again!” Rachel Colbeck (Laurencekirk)

“Thank you very much for an amazing day on Saturday! I really enjoyed both the daytime workshop and taking part in the evening concert – even though it was a long day, I had a great time! Mhairi, Mike, Fraser, and of course, yourself, were all very inspirational and made it a fun day!” Ellie McLaren (Braemar) 

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