Music from the hearth
Two Ranfurly music teachers are making a stage comeback after a push from Maniototo Celtic music fans. Jim McIvor, originally of Scotland, and Roslyn Hutton, originally of Australia, are holding a concert in Ranfurly this month where they will perform ‘‘traditional Scottish music from the hearth’’. ‘‘There will be no bagpipes, haggis or kilts. It is traditional Scottish music,’’ he said. Ms Hutton and Mr McIvor, who moved to Ranfurly three years ago, have been teaching music for about 10 months to more than 70 pupils from St John’s School and Maniototo Area School. Mr McIvor plays the guitar, Irish whistles and sings. Ms Hutton plays the fiddle, Clarsach (Celtic Harp), piano and sings. Ms Hutton is in the process of becoming a qualified teacher of the Kodaly method of music education. ‘‘What is wonderful about Kodaly is young kids are physically too small for instruments and do not have the maturity to handle the discipline of practise – Kodaly is about understanding music theory before they start the instrument which is taught through singing games.’’ Teaching music was meant to be a part-time job for Ms Hutton, who is a registered pharmacist. She and Mr McIvor were encouraged to hold a concert, in response to the community feedback, Mr Hutton said. They had performed at fundraisers and markets, and when they first moved to the area they formed a sevenpiece band called The Easy Club.
All set to play: Ranfurly music teachers Roslyn Hutton and Jim McIvor are holding a Celtic music concert in the town. They have toured around the world performing their music on stage.