Guildhall students visit Mill o’ Forest

MR Ian Wilson and his recorder students from the Guildhall School of Music and Dance who visited Mill o'Forest Primary in Stonehaven on Friday.
MR Ian Wilson and his recorder students from the Guildhall School of Music and Dance who visited Mill o'Forest Primary in Stonehaven on Friday.

PUPILS at a Stonehaven primary got a fascinating insight into the world of recorders last week, after a visit from some of the country’s top music students.

Ian Wilson, who originally hails from Maryculter and teaches recorder at both the North-east of Scotland Music School and the Guildhall School of Music and Dance, brought the students to Stonehaven to perform, and prove there is a lot more to recorders than most people believe. Mr Wilson’s sister Claire Ingram is also a teacher at Mill o’Forest.

He said: “Our recorders range from six feet long to six inches long, so really way beyond what most people remember the recorder being like a school.

“Our aim is to let the children see what the recorder can do and encourage them to continue with it. The real danger is that people give up at the end of primary school because they do not see a future in the instrument - it is important that they see students at a tertiary level still playing it.”

Mr Wilson added: “It is really nice to have this connection and to come back up. There is a good tradition of recorder playing in Aberdeen.”