Photo: Ian D MacRae, Nairnshire Telegraph
Scottish traditional fiddler Rua Macmillan and pianist Suzanne Houston (pictured above) helped us celebrate the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birthday last month by playing a series of concerts in care homes around Nairn. Rua is originally from Nairn, so it was a homecoming gig for him and Suzanne, who he has duetted with regularly since they joined the Live Music Now scheme in 2011.
The photo was taken at Manor Care Centre, where Suzanne took a break from tinkling the ivories to enjoy a dance with resident Charlie MacDonald. The duo’s mini-tour of Nairn also stopped off at Carlton Care Assisted Living, Hebron House Nursing Home, Bruach House, Winnieknowe Care Home and St Olaf’s Care Home to deliver live music to residents who wouldn’t otherwise have many opportunities to hear it. The project was very generously funded by the Davidson (Nairn) Charitable Trust for which we are enormously grateful as it allowed us to visit a part of the country that we hadn’t been to for some time.
Rua and Suzanne’s concerts were part of a much larger series of events planned to mark Menuhin’s Centenary, with other concerts taking place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Falkirk, as well as around the UK and beyond.