Lanark harpist on way back for concert

Clouds Quartet with Elinor Nicholson (right).
Clouds Quartet with Elinor Nicholson (right).

The next Music in Lanark concert will offer a special treat for its audience as it features local harpist Elinor Nicholson.

She was brought up in Lanark, and her parents still live in the town.

Elinor, a pupil at St Mary’s Primary School before going on to Hamilton College, began learning the clarsach, the Scottish Celtic harp, when she was ten years old, She later studied it with acclaimed Celtic harpist and composer Savourna Stevenson.

Elinor was principal harpist of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland for two years, and during the orchestra’s 2012 summer tour, she took part in a joint concert with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Proms season.

Elinor moved down to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and while a student there, she won the Traves Trophy and a gold medal for a 30-minute recital on concert harp and clarsach in the Edinburgh Competition Festival.

She has now joined Clouds, a quartet of harp soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians founded in 2008.

Esther Swift is the composer and songwriter of their music, inspired by her folk roots and a deep love of Scotland and her home in the Borders.

Music in Lanark welcomes Clouds for the concert on Friday October 29 at 7.45pm in the New Lanark Institute.

Tickets are available from Lanark Memorial Hall’s box office, by phone on 01555 667999 or online at www.
sllcboxoffice.co.uk

The cost is £12.50 or £1 for concert-goers aged 18 and under.