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Residency Background

The Residency
In September 2003, Dr Sally Garden, performer and musicologist, began her 3-year term in the newly created post of Historical Musician in Residence at the Wighton Heritage Centre. With special interests in Scottish art song, the political economy of music, and music publishing, she is currently directing a programme of performance, participative events and research designed to unfold the Wighton Collection as a living resource. A key part of her overall vision is to bring amateur and professional together in this task as well as to establish links with formal education in Fife, Angus and Dundee.

In keeping with the vibrancy and liveliness of the musical material she's working with, Sally is keen that events are informal, intimate and highly sociable, as well as wide-ranging and of high quality in whatever style they showcase (Courier 15-03-04)

The Wighton Collection of early printed music contains over 1000 items of Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh and European origin. Assembled in the C19 by Andrew Wighton, Dundee merchant and amateur musician, the Collection is important not only from the point of view of the rarity of some of the published and occasional manuscript sources it contains, but from the very fact of its diversity. Capturing the rich and often subtle musical interactions between Scotland and Europe, through a wide range of genres and late C17 to early C19 sources, the Collection makes a particular statement about the historical strength and confidence of Scottish musical life. Moreover, as a single resource for the study of musical culture in Enlightenment Scotland, Wighton's Collection remains unsurpassed.

Search the Wighton Collection online catalogue.

© Sally LK Garden 2004

The Wighton Heritage Centre, located within Dundee Central Library provides a purpose designed space for the study and appreciation of 'Scottish' music in its fullest historical sense. The Centre, opened November 2003, houses the Wighton Collection and is also base for the work of the Historical Musician in Residence. More...



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