Hannah Curteis - General Musicianship

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Hannah Curteis, originally from Fife, started playing piano at the age of 7 and soon after began writing her own songs. As a teenager she studied piano, singing and composition at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh and then did a degree in music at Kings College, London. 

Hannah spent 15 years living in Nicaragua (Central America) where she worked as a translator and interpreter, an investigative journalist and an arts education facilitator. 

In her spare time Hannah enjoys writing and performing her own songs and spending quality time with her two cats. 


Elisabeth Flett - General Musicianship

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A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Classical Recorder) and the University of Aberdeen (MLitt in Scottish Ethnology & Folklore), Elisabeth Flett is an award-winning musician, writer and theatre-maker alongside her work as a General Musician for Big Noise Douglas.
A semi-finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2017 and BBC Radio Scotland 2021 Young Trad Awards, Elisabeth's love of folk music is something she enjoys sharing with all the children she teaches at Big Noise. 
In her spare time she enjoys reading urban fantasy books, watching slightly bad crime dramas and petting dogs.


Al James - General Musicianship

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Al was born and brought up in Edinburgh where he studied Composition with John McLeod and Double Bass with John Steer (Scottish Chamber Orchestra) before moving to Manchester to study Double Bass at the Royal Northern College of Music. Al returned to Scotland to complete a Masters in Music Teaching at Edinburgh University, and over the course of his career has divided his time between playing and teaching in a variety of contexts including; nineteen years as a full time Lecturer at Edinburgh College, working with the backing band for the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, and taking part in Edinburgh Festival productions, recording sessions, function bands, Ceilidhs, shows and tours. 


Alongside a busy work schedule, Al has a long-stablished Ashtanga Yoga practice and enjoys making time to take part in Kitesurfing, Mountain biking and Hillwalking. 



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