It has taken us some time but our commemorative music is now available on CD. Not only that, but in addition to the wonderful brass version which was premiered at our festival we now have a version complete with vocals. Katie Barnett sings the beautifully haunting lyrics also written by Gregor Beattie. If you live locally and would like a copy it can be obtained from Fobels in Carnoustie or Simpsons Golf Shop. Alternatively it can be obtained by contacting Stan Beattie at 11 Long Row in East Haven or Wendy Murray. Wendy is away between the 21st and 30th December so Stan might be easier to contact email@example.com or wendy on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01241 857778.
“The Haven” is a musical composition commissioned by East Haven residents in 2014 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the recording of East Haven as a fishing port by the Cistercian Monks of Coupar Angus Abbey in 1214, making East Haven one of the earliest recorded fishing communities in Scotland.
The brass arrangement was written by local musician, Gregor Beattie and premiered by the Arbroath Instrumental Band at the East Haven Maritime and Heritage event on the 23rd August, 2014. Listen carefully and you may find “visits” to one or two traditional maritime musical pieces.
The vocal arrangement refers to the historical development of the village throughout the years up to the present day, especially the role played by the local fishermen.
Profile on Gregor Beattie
Gregor Beattie started playing cornet at the age of nine under the tuition of Michael Robertson in the excellent youth brass scene in Carnoustie. He became a member of the Arbroath Instrumental Band at the age of twelve and in the same year joined the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, which he was a part of for ten years.
By the age of sixteen, Gregor decided he wanted to take more seriously and make it his career. He successfully auditioned for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Junior Academy and was later accepted into the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) to study a BMus Honours degree on classical trumpet.
During his seven years studying, Gregor has gone from strength to strength as a freelancing musician and has also found a passion for composition and arranging for brass. Music has led Gregor abroad for many exciting performances in places such as Malta, Germany, Austria, Japan, Ireland and this summer he will be playing in Brazil with the RCS 10 piece brass group and Scottish traditional music students. He has had compositions published along with plans to do many more and recently arranged one of Phil Cunningham’s folk melodies for brass which has been played in Glasgow, Malta, Germany and will be played in the trip to Brazil.
Gregor has been working hard on his composition for Easthaven, which has yet to be given a title, and is looking forward to the Easthaven 800 celebrations in which it will be premiered.