CHRISTINE KYDD

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Christine Kydd

Biography

Performance & Workshop. (Courtesy of the Artistís site, 2005).

Performances
Christine is one of Scotland's great singers. A renowned interpreter and champion of the Scots song tradition, she has performed and recorded with many others to produce some of Scotland's finest and often award-winning harmony vocal sounds. But at the heart of her musical life has always been the art of the solo singer, her powerful performances have supported the likes of Capercaillie, Christy Moore and the Tannahill Weavers.

Collaborations with the finest of musicians include work with master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, Andy Thorburn, Jack Evans, Norman Chalmers, Frankie Armstrong, Wendy Weatherby, Corrina Hewat, as soloist and ensemble member in the award-winning concerts 'My Ain Countrie' and 'Burns and a' That', as well as Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival.

Workshops
Christine is a full-time professional musician. Her time is divided between performance, teaching, theatre work, promoting traditional and related music and recording/ media appearances. She has an Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies, the highest qualification that could be obtained at the time of study (1990) from Central School of Speech and Drama, London (one of UK's major drama schools).

After more than two years of successfully working with Local Authorities and the Scottish Arts Council in Scotland on traditional music projects based in the community, Christine Kydd has now returned to freelance work to enjoy the landscape and ways of the county of Angus. Christine is the Scots Song Tutor at the School for Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton, Wester Ross. Scottish teenagers audition to attend this special project, coming from all over Scotland. Pupils attend the High School and have additional music tuition, record and perform their work. She has also recently been invited to sit on the Champions Committee of Angus Council's promotion body, Angus Ahead.

Christine completed a busy year in 2002 of performing at festivals in Scotland and Russia, teaching at the Plockton School for Excellence, workshops, a couple of new fledgling Community choirs (one in Angus and one on the Isle of Skye), working with a variety of client groups to encourage singing in their work, and with local authorities on Traditional Music and Tourism initiatives.

Christine also teaches privately and travels all over the UK to teach and perform at festivals, clubs and Summer Schools.


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