Celtic Piano Series
With the release of ‘A Borders Suite‘ by Scottish composer Donald Thomson, I am launching a brand new project – ‘Celtic Piano Series‘ for intermediate piano solo. Needless to say that pieces in this new series were inspired by Celtic and Gaelic traditional music.
‘A Boarders Suite’ For Piano By Donald Thomson
Five original piano pieces from ‘A Borders Suite’ are aimed at student in intermediate level or 4-6 ABRSM and AMEB. This brand new book is available as a digital download with studio licence at £25 and hard copy – £7, available to pre-order. Currently, both options are on introductory offer. Please go to FAQ page to read more about shipping and book formats.
‘Piano Celtico’ By Barbara Arens
‘Piano Celtico‘ by Barbara Arens is now released, please check out the book page.
Robert Burns Night Piano Recital
The idea of creating ‘Celtic Piano Series’ for piano came from the famous Robert Burns Nights. Without a doubt, this event is hugely popular around and January 25th marks the annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. People gather together for Burns Supper where Robert Burns poetry is recited and Celtic and Gaelic music is played. Robert Burns themed piano recital with pieces from ‘A Borders Suite‘ by Donald Thomson and ‘Piano Celtico‘ by Barbara Arens in the programme, would create an excellent performance opportunity and add another dimension to your students repertoire.
‘A Borders Suite’ portrays several places I regularly visit in the Scottish Borders, usually enjoying the twisty roads and spectacular scenery from the seat of my Triumph motorcycle.
The first piece, Heriot Water, depicts the beautiful landscape near Heriot, and the small, bubbling river that runs through the village.
Brodie is a Border Collie who lives in Heriot and loves nothing more than chasing sticks and splashing about in the river. You can hear his excited barking in the central section of this piece.
Innerleithen Air depicts the pretty town which sits on the banks of the River Tweed. The church is where my wife’s brother was married (I composed two of the pieces for this occasion), and in the central section you can hear the bells pealing.
At this point, my journey takes a diversion to the east, to take in the ruined abbey at Melrose, before we retrace our steps to Innerleithen, head south-west and journey a further twelve miles, passing St Mary’s Loch and arriving at the spectacular Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall. Can you hear the water cascading down the gorge?
I have performed these pieces to several appreciative audiences and they all agreed that they capture the flavour of the Scottish Borders perfectly.”
Meet Composer Donald Thomson
Donald Thomson lives just a stone’s throw from the cultural delights of Edinburgh, but also a short journey from some of the most beautiful scenery that Scotland has to offer, and it is from this that he draws his musical inspiration. He studied the piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and after graduating started teaching. An opportunity in music publishing presented itself in 1993 and thus he began a 22 year career with one of the UK’s leading publishers of church music. In February 2015 Donald decided to develop his career as a freelance music engraver, arranger and editor, in the process discovering his hitherto unrealised talent as a composer.