Violin-Harp-Scotland / violin/harp duo

Violinist Angus Ramsay and harpist Saïda de Lyon have years of experience as professional musicians and their strength as a duo lies in the atmosphere created by this unique combination of instruments.  The fusion of the plucked and bowed strings produces a beautiful, serene, soothing and intimate quality of sound.  Both well known recitalists, they have worked  together throughout Scotland and beyond  for many years, and in addition to concerts, are available for all manner of bookings:  weddings, anniversaries, fundraising events and corporate occasions.

Angus Ramsay initially studied the violin with Leonard Friedman, before moving to the Bernese Conservatoire in Switzerland, where he was a pupil of Max Rostal for five years. In 1975 Angus was appointed principal second violin of the Würtemberg Chamber Orchestra: the following year he was made associate leader of the prestigious Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, a post he held for nine years. Since 1985 he has been principal second violin of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and in 1991, Angus founded the Glasgow Viennese Strings, subsequently touring all over Scotland. He was Artistic Director of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival between 1994 and 2000, and in 2001 Angus co-founded the Cantilena Festival on Islay www.cantilenafestival.co.uk with two close colleagues, Scott Mitchell and Adrian Shepherd. Angus has been violin teacher in both the senior and junior departments of the RCS (formerly RSAMD) in Glasgow since 1989. He plays on a violin made in 2010 by the celebrated violin-maker Roger Hansell of Yorkshire. www.hansellviolins.com

Born in London, Saïda’s early musical experiences started with recorder and piano lessons, subsequently the piccolo and flute. Accepted as a junior student at the RSAMD, she found that the flute was too easy to carry around and decided to make life more difficult and learn the harp! After leaving school she studied at the RSAMD and the RAM London before embarking on a freelance career.  Saïda has worked with the SCO, BBC SSO, RSNO, taught at the RSAMD and privately, and has played for functions, weddings, music clubs etc.  After playing at the opening of the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh, she was subsequently asked to work as the resident harpist in Oslo and Gothenburg.  Since 1988 Saïda has been Principal Harp at the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

Repertoire:

Ave Maria [Schubert] ,  Ave Maria [Bach/Gounod],  The Swan [Saint-Saens] ,  Dance of the blessed Spirits [Gluck] ,  Nocturne [Chopin],  Cantabile [Paganini],  Schindler’s List [J. Williams],  Träumerei  [Schumann],  Winter [Vivaldi],  Sonata [Donizetti],  Entr’acte [Ibert],  Farewell to Stromness [Maxwell Davies] ,  Canon [Pachelbel] ,  Ashokan Farewell [Ungar] ,  Romance/gadfly [Shostakovich] ,  Song without Words [Mendelssohn] ,  Intermezzo [Mascagni] .  Bist du bei mir [Bach] ,  Siciliano [Bach] .  Zärtliche Liebe [Beethoven] ,  Spiegel im Spiegel [Arvo Part] ,  Andalouse [Emile Pessard] ,  Sicilienne [Maria-Theresia v. Paradis] , Two Brazilian Dances [Brasil] ,  Three Romances [J. Marson]

The Last Rose of Summer [Flotow] ,  Annie’s Song [J. Denver] ,  Last of the summer Wine [R. Hazlehurst] ,  Cavatina [The Deer Hunter] ,  Gymnopedie No 1 [Satie],  Don’t Tell  ,  The Fog is Lifting op 41 [Nielsen] ,  The Rising of the Lark ,  Song of the Seashore ,  Moon River [Mancini] ,  The Rose [Amanda McBroom] ,  My Heart will go on [Titanic] ,  Nearer My God to Thee [Titanic] ,  Memory [A. Lloyd Webber] ,  Vincent [Don McLean],  Bright Eyes [Mike Batt],  Imagine [John Lennon],  Le Basque [Marin Marais],  Havah Nagilah [Traditional]

Skye Boat Song [trad] ,  Mull of Kintyre [McCartney/Laine] ,  Sailing [Gavin Sutherland] ,  The Dark Island [Iain Maclachlan] ,  Ba Ho Mo Leanabh [gaelic] ,  An Gille dubh ciardubh ,  Annie Laurie [Lady Scott]

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