At the heart of Nomad Beat and all kinds of music-making in Peebles for several years, Alison Cameron was the driving force behind Peebles Creative Place 2014’s Airs &Gracenotes. It was the sheer strength and warmth of her personality that made this event, on Tweed Green in July, possible. She managed to bring together a disparate collection of 100 musicians and singers as a massed band to perform a beautiful piece of music she had composed specially for the day.
Pulling together pipers, traditional music, choristers, a harpist, chamber ensemble and more to create what was a powerful and haunting piece of music was no mean feat – and an experience likely to remain long in the memory of all those who were lucky enough to hear it on the day, or since.
It was with deep sadness that we learned of Alison’s passing on 7 January this year. Co-founder, manager and heart and soul of Nomad Beat, Alison was also a talented musician who brought the joy of music-making to so many people, old and young. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her, and had the pleasure of playing alongside her.
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