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Meet the Winners: Friends of Wighton

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Friends of Wighton are due to hold a Community Music Day on Saturday 22nd June at Bonar Hall in Dundee. There will be several concerts and workshops throughout the day as well as a traditional ceilidh in the evening. Here’s a little more insight into what the group get up to.

1. Who are Friends of Wighton?

The Wighton Heritage Centre in Dundee Central Library is home to an internationally important collection of old Scottish music books, mostly dating from the 18th and early 19th centuries. The collection was donated by the Dundee merchant and music collector, Andrew Wighton.

The Friends of Wighton organises concerts and classes in Dundee, the Wighton Centre and the wider community to help raise awareness of this wonderful resource.

2. How will the BBC Performing Art Fund Community Music grant help the group?

It has enabled us to expand our guitar and concertina instrumental classes as well as adding beginner and special fiddle class for young children to our whistle, fiddle, harp and Gaelic and Scots song groups. We have been out and about sharing our music and songs in schools, baby and toddler groups and care homes and senior citizen clubs.

We are now preparing a day of concerts, workshops, sessions and a ceilidh in the Bonar Hall on Saturday 22nd June. Taking part will be our tutors, students, guest artists and community music groups from across the city - it will be fun!

3. Tell us about the best day Friends of Wighton has had to date?

We hope the best is yet to come but it was very special when our tutors gave a sell-out concert at Glasgow's Celtic Connections augmented by a Gaelic choir of primary school children, tutored by our own Wilma Kennedy, reprised for a packed audience in our own Steps Theatre!

4. What was the best reaction from the group when they found out about winning the
PAF grant?

“Ya beauty! Does this mean we get on the television?”

5. Give us 3 words that describe a performance by Friends of Wighton

Inclusive, welcoming, brilliant!

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Meet the Winners is a feature introducing you to some of the groups and individuals who have recently received a grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund. We get to hear about so many fantastic projects and people who are keeping the performing arts alive in the UK, that we thought you should know about them too.

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