Mu­sic from the hearth

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES - By JO MCKENZIEMCLEAN

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.

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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.

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