Pam Johnston started learning the violin in her twenties with Jimmy Crichton in Strichen Aberdeenshire. A move to Shetland enabled her to develop her skills in traditional music by playing with Tom Anderson’s Da 40 Fiddlers. She enjoyed learning as part of the rich musical heritage of the Northern Isles. Pam led The Ness Fiddle and Accordion Club and was fiddler with Shetland Folk Dance. During this time she toured Sweden, Denmark, Germany and England. While in Shetland, Pam developed an interest in teaching children the violin. After 10 years in Shetland, Pam returned to the mainland to study at Stirling University, graduating as a nurse in 2003.
While at Stirling, Pam continued to teach - working as the traditional violin teacher at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane. This continued with encouraging and supporting adults with learning difficulties to play musical instruments and participate in music for groups.
Pam is currently leading Huntly’s Strathbogie Fiddlers. In 2007, Pam met and forged a close friendship with Emily White giving Pam the opportunity to incorporate classical music more firmly into her repertoire. Pam is a Co-Director of Huntly Summer School.
Emily White studied trombone and violin at The Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Trinity College of Music, London. She won the Ludwig Lebell Award in 2006 and the Ella Kidney Early Music Prize 2007. Emily is a member of English Cornette and Sackbut Ensemble who recently collaborated with I Fagiolini to record Striggio Mass in 40 Parts. This Decca release of sacred early music soared to the top of the UK popular classical charts and won the 2011 Gramophone Early Music Award.
Emily is also a member of Chaconne Brass andThe Isla Quartet She has appeared on television playing withThe Sixteen in their BBC series Sacred Music, on live BBC Radio 3 in ‘In Tune’ with her own groups and other ensembles, and the BBC Proms series, and on BBC radio 4 playing trombone to poetry on ‘The Verb’. She freelances with ensembles such as The Academy of Ancient Music, English National Ballet, His Majesties Sagbuts and Cornettes, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, The Academy of Ancient Music and Ex Cathedra. She has played with The Tiger Lilies, Paul Weller and appeared playing the trombone on Eastenders
Emily has coached at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Trinity College of Music , Birmingham Conservatoire The Royal College of Music and Dartington International Summer School. She is a Co-Director of Huntly Summer School.
Morag Johnston is currently studying baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague under Walter Reiter. She performs regularly with The Bishop's Consort, and with them, has performed repertoire such as The Monteverdi Vespers and Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Recently, she performed Matthew with Devon Baroque at Exeter cathedral. In addition, she has performed music written by Simon Slater at the Globe Theatre for the John Ford play Broken Heart. She is a member of Bergamasca Strings who perform a fusion of folk and baroque music. She was also a principal member of the glasgow-based Caledonian String Quartet for five years.
Furthermore, Morag is an accomplished teacher with over ten years of violin teaching experience. She holds a teaching qualification and is a co-funder of Huntly Summer School. She has taught privately for many years and runs violin groups at International Schools in and around The Hague.
Morag is interested in researching and performing Early Scottish music and plans to do this in the future.
I'm graduate of the Traditional Music degree at The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. I have been playing the guitar for about 9 years and although my main style is the accompaniment of traditional melodies and songs I still enjoy playing many other genres. My music has enabled me to travel extensively and has taken me to some interesting places over the years. I am 1/5th of neo trad quintet 'The Elephant Sessions' we tour extensively throughout the UK and in 2014 we won 'Up and Coming Artist of the Year' at the BBC folk awards.