...........I arrived in Dumfries and Galloway in the 70s to take up the post of violin teacher with the local Education Authority.
Over the years I have nurtured a consuming interest in composition, particularly in the field of folk songs, and many of my works have been premiered here.
' The Wigtown Martyrs ' is an original work to commemorate the covenanters persecuted in the late 17th century for their religious beliefs. This work was premiered by the National Youth String Orchestra of Scotland in 1992. The many graves and monuments in our area provided the inspiration to write the music.
I direct and conduct a string orchestra for whom I write all arrangements. The levels of difficulty vary sufficiently to encompass schools' orchestras to collegiate ensembles.In addition I have also arranged music suitable more for professional performers.
Since living in Scotland I have become interested in the songs of Robert Burns, the National Bard. In 1996 to commemorate the bicentennial of his death, I was commissioned to write the music for a celebratory concert for Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
I have a wide variety of musical influences including Ravel, Stravinsky, Vaughn Williams, Dave Grusin, Jerry Goldsmith, and Ennio Morricone [the last 3 of course being film composers].
Many of my string arrangements have been published by Phoenix Music.
Below - a list of productions.
REPRESENTATION - Faith Elliott, PORTLAND WALLIS DIRECT
Occupation: Violin teacher with Education Dept. Dumfries and Galloway
The Uist Tramping Song' 'A Tiree Love Song' 'The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie' 'Morag's Cradle' - for clairsach, violin, sop. + mezz. sop.commissioned by Kirkcudbright Arts Festival
'A Scottish Folk Trilogy' - Lochshiel Festival conductor Norman Murray
Dance to your Daddy / Dashing away with the smoothing iron [Full orchestra]
When Johnny comes marching home again, Hallelujah [fusion of the 2 civil war songs [glory glory hallelujah] for strings . Orchestral version in process]
When we awake /Xmas carol original words + music for piano + SATB solo sop. part
What shall we do with a drunken sailor for strings [orchestral version in process]
The Wigtown Martyrs for strings + for full orchestra
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