Lisa, from Hawick, graduated from Edinburgh University with a first-class honours degree in music and the final year dissertation prize.
As an experienced player of the French horn, Lisa developed an interest in the 18th century style of natural horn. She helped set up an ensemble at university whose repertoire includes music from the late baroque music era. In 2007, she performed on a classical horn the double horn concertos and orchestral suites by Telemann with the Edinburgh Philomusica and on natural horn Handel’s Water Music with the Edinburgh Symphony Baroque. For these occasions she was able to borrow instruments.
Lisa plans to continue her researches into the evolution of the hand horn technique. As she says, “There is lively debate amongst horn players and scholars as to the correct playing techniques and I am very excited about the prospect of contributing to our understanding of the subject.” Owning her own baroque horn would help Lisa pursue both her academic interest and to contribute to the musical community in Scotland.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award has helped Lisa purchase her own baroque horn.
I would like to thank the trustees very much for their kind offer. I am looking forward to ... exciting opportunities to play baroque horn.