Walter Blair, Musician


A photo of Marilyn Boulton and Walter by Gerry Priest

One of Scotland's most versatile musicians, WALTER BLAIR has combined a career in music education with that of performing musician in the profession.

Among the educational appointments he has held are Director of the specialist Music School at Douglas Academy, Milngavie, Director of the Junior Academy RSAMD, and Associate Director of Music RSAMD. His association with the RSAMD continues as a part time accompanist.

An experienced adjudicator and examiner, Walter has adjudicated for BBC Choir of the Year Competition and Audi Junior Musician Competition. He was an examiner, trainer and moderator for the Associated Board for many years, and leads professional development courses for teachers in this country and abroad.

Walter also has an enviable reputation as an organist and choral trainer. He has been responsible for the music in the West Kirk Helensburgh since 1964, and was Conductor of Helensburgh Oratorio Choir for over 20 years. He has worked with the RSNO Chorus and Junior Chorus and was Chorusmaster of Strathclyde Schools Chorus for some years.

As an accompanist, he has worked with many well known musicians including clarinetist John Cushing, trumpeters John Wallace and Mark O'Keeffe, and percussionist Heather Corbett. Singers include Patricia MacMahon, Margaret Marshall, Linda Ormiston, Neil Mackie, Peter Morrison and Kenneth McKellar.

His remarkable versatility means that he is equally at home in concert, recital, cabaret or recording studio.

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