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Phil Cunningham, Celtic Connections, Highlands and Island Suite 20th Anniversary, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall January 22, 2017.

The 20th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Concert Hall of Phil Cunningham’s
Highlands & Islands Suite was performed for the first time since 1997.

Working with composer/arranger, John Ashton Thomas, a brand new ensemble composition was unveiled, inspired by their shared love for the island of Iona. This made up one half of the concert and musicians from all departments of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland helped to further develop the original orchestration.

Under conductor John Logan some 70 musicians produced a wonderful fusion of folk and classical music. A 40-strong choir, great solo vocalist and unforgettable young pipers (who nearly brought the house down) made sure it was a truly unforgettable night.

Phil, the Artistic Director of the Traditional Music Degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, should be proud of all the talented young students we heard.

Sandy Pratt



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