Celtic Connections – 2014


We have just found out that this year as part of the Glasgow music festival  “Celtic Connections” students from the RCS will be performing works by the Indian composer and song writer A R Rahman alongside the BBCSSO  plus students from the Chennai Conservatory in India and Indian instrumentalists. The most exciting part is that Mr Rahman will be performing with us.

A R Rahman – Composer and Song Writer

The festival aims to promote both Celtic music and styles and genres from around the world. It is similar to the International Eisteddfod  held in Llangollen, Wales each Summer.


Both festivals encourage and promote music aiming to improve interaction between different Countries and cultures through their music.

“Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections, celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Between 16th January – 2nd February 2014, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.”

A R Rahman is a composer and song writer from India whose credits make him one of the world’s best selling recording artists. His website makes interesting reading and those who live in the UK may know him best for his soundtrack for the film “Slumdog Millionaire” which I used to love dancing to in the Bollywood style when I was at school.


The concert is due to take place at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on the 30th January 2014. This should be an excellent concert and it is a good opportunity for everyone to extend their knowledge of this composer and his music.

I am so excited to be involved and we should be getting the scores tomorrow 🙂

Do you have a favourite AR Rahman composition that you recommend I should take a look at?

32 thoughts on “Celtic Connections – 2014

      1. This is great Charlotte, do not forget to use the energy of photos and you “reload” ….. By the way, have you found violet to make infusions?

        All the best for you

    1. I thought of you Gaurab when I received the e-mail informing me of my involvement in the event 🙂

      Thanks for the links, I’ve since listened to a couple and checked out his Facebook and twitter, have you seen how many followers he has! Awesome.

      I will look out for the Rockstar movie thanks for the tip.
      Best wishes

    1. I know it is very exciting, really looking forward to the rehearsals, we’ve been allocated Andrew Nunn as our conductor and to prepare us for this, he conducts Les Sirenes Female Choir that I’m a member of, he has been an excellent mentor and helped me so much this past year as Les Sirenes is the first formal choir that I have been a member of.

      Best wishes

    1. Ha ha, he is very charismatic looking, my friend Gill says he looks like a young Johnny Mathis 😉 I love the Jai Ho soundtrack and have been thinking about looking into some Indian classical music for a while.

      Best wishes

  1. Hi Charlotte

    Interesting to hear that you’re involved in Celtic Connections, as one of the featured performers will be my favourite singer, Shawn Colvin, who lives in Austin,Texas. Unfortunately, time and money prevent me from getting to Glasgow to see her, and it’s now a double shame as it would have been a chance to hear you for a second time. Though apparently Shawn’s appearing the night after you, on the 31st, and again on February 2nd. Can’t make any of the dates though.

    1. Oh Michael that’s a shame. I love folk music so I’ll have to put Shawn on my listening list for next month when I’ve got my singing exam and this performance completed. There’s lots happening in Glasgow this year 🙂

      Best wishes

    1. Hi Sibylle, its fabulous being introduced to new people, genres of music and events since starting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland I’m glad to share my experiences with you :0
      Best wishes

    1. Thank you for the nomination for ‘The music for our ears blog’ Evelen 🙂 I am very happy you mentioned me. I loved your posters too especially ‘I don’t have time to worry about who doesn’t like me… I’m too busy loving the people who love me.’
      P.s. I love the Missoni panel dress, wowza.

      All the best

  2. I had never heard of AR Rahman until just now, so unfortunately I have no suggestions for you. Except perhaps do a Youtube search and see if something catches your ear. Have fun! 🙂

    1. Hi Stephanie, I checked out Mr Rahman’s twitter and fortunately he put a link to his you tube channel on today, but I love to hear what my friends like best and I’ve been given a couple of tips on Facebook and on my blog I’ll follow up first 😉

      Best wishes

  3. What a wonderful opportunity for you Charlotte. You do have a grand concert hall in Glasgow. Saw the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” and enjoyed it. We are learning all the time aren’t we? A R Rahman is a talented composer/musician. Enjoy yourself! 😉

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