Anna Wendy Stevenson



Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader BA Applied Music. Lecturer: BA Applied Music, MA Music and the Environment.


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Research Interests

My current area of research is focused on the development of the Virtual residency and online collaboration ‘Project Senegal: African Digital Academy’. My interests are around:

  • Blended learning pedagogies
  • Development of networked communities of practice
  • Online music collaboration and virtual residencies
  • Traditional music performance and composition
  • Music and wellbeing

External interests, member of associations, advisor, etc

  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts 2020
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy 2017
  • External Examiner: MMus Music, Newcastle University 2017 – present
  • External Panel member BA Music re-approval Trinity Laban, London May 2019
  • Trustee, Taigh Chearsabhagh Arts Centre 2017 – 2019
  • Peer Reviewer for Creative Scotland’s Regularly Funded Organisations Music and Education output 2016 – 2017
  • Consultant to the European Leonardo Project ‘Musicians’ Educational and Vocational Training’ Prague May 2012, Turin July 2012, Budapest: October 2012 
  • Invited panel member: 
    • BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award 2014, 2012, 2005, 2003
  • Contributor and interviewee to numerous radio and TV programmes 2000 – present 
  • Numerous performance tours worldwide: UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Canada over the last 20 years 
  • 2001- present -Invited workshop leader and tutor to traditional music festivals USA, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Canada including: Swannanoa Gathering (North Carolina), Boston Harbour Fiddle School (USA) , Melbourne School of Scottish Fiddling (AUS), Southern Hemisphere School of Scottish Fiddling (New Zealand), Barga School of Scots Music Song and Dance (Italy) Calidad (Asturias), Ceolas (Outer Hebrides), Feis Rois Celtic Connections, Black Isle Fiddle Workshop, Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, (Scotland)


  • UHI mini-sabbatical 2018
  • Winner: MG Alba Traditional Music Awards Music Tutor of the Year 2018
  • Winner: University of the Highlands and Islands Student Association: Best Video Conference Lecturer 2016 
  • Finalist: Herald The Herald Higher Education Awards for Scotland in association with the University of West of Scotland: Partnership Award - Lews Castle College University of the Highlands and Islands - Far Flung Corners 
  • Nominations:
    • University of the Highlands and Islands Student Association 2015, 2016: Best online Lecturer, Best Tutor, Best Personal Academic Support
    • Music Teacher of the Year in the Scottish Music Industry Awards 2011
    • Composer of the Year in the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards 2011


  • Storas Uibhist Community Fund: Marketing Strategy Implementation: Study Destination Uist December 2016 
  • Western Isles Council: Grant to record 20 Gaelic songs to accompany animations for a new Early Years Education Website and App November 2016 
  • Recipient Creative Scotland bursary for Extend Leadership Programme, Engage June 2017 – present. Research enquiry ‘Leadership from the Edge’ – exploring leadership from places of periphery in arts in the UK. 

Conference Presentations and Workshops

  • Stevenson A, Bradley S ‘Developing communities of practice in music education’ for ‘Imagining an Island’, Taigh Chearsabhagh September 2020
  • Stevenson, A ‘Music and Teaching’ International Women’s Day March 2019
  • Stevenson, A ‘Making the Connection: Mentoring at a Distance’’ University of the Highlands and Islands August 2018
  • Stevenson, A ‘Developing communities of practice using Blended Learning’ Pedagogies, Practices and the Future of Folk Music in Higher Education, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 19th January 2018
  • Stevenson, A ‘Practice of Fiddle Music in Scotland’ Pentatonics and Modalities, Brest, 8th December 2017
  • Stevenson, A ‘Far Flung Corners’ Expressing the Earth, Seil Island, June 2017 
  • Stevenson, A ‘Managing blended learning in creative ways - the development of the virtual residency and international collaborations’  Research Learning and Teaching webinar: 16th June 2016, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Stevenson, A ‘Making it work – Building learning communities at a distance’  QAA Scotland: Focus On - Making it work: Building learning communities conference 19th May 2016, Glasgow
  • Stevenson, A: ‘Developing musical communities of practice using technology’ JISC Scotland: Connect More Conference 16th June 2016, University of Stirling
  • Stevenson, A: ‘UHI National Student Survey Case Study’ 1st September 2016, NSS Conference, University of the Highlands and Islands 


Bradley S, Stevenson A, 2019: Real and virtual communities of practice: a case study from the Outer Hebrides in Located research: methodologies and approaches to researching regions in transition. (Campbell, Duffy, Edmondson) Palgrave MacMillan

Stevenson A 2020: Community and reform as a theme in Curriculum Design – adding dimension to the online world, ‘The Edge’ Research Blog UHI

Stevenson 2020: A Sense of Belonging, Institutional Case Studies University of the Highlands and Islands, Open University 

Selected Commercial CD Recordings 

  • 2020 Far Flung Corners: Blackbay
  • 2019 Michael Walsh: Quarehawk
  • 2018 Gillebride MacMillan Freumhan Falaichte
  • January2018 Nead nan Ceòladair – The Musicians’ Nest, producer Anna-Wendy Music LCC01 
  • 2017 Far Flung Corners Suite Uist composed Anna-Wendy Stevenson Anna-Wendy Music FFC001 
  • 2014 Children of the Smoke, La Banda LtdLBCD001  
  • 2014 Sleep SoundFiona Rutherford SLEEP001 
  • 2013Ten Titles - with the Eumelia Ensemble 
  • 2012 The Space BetweenLyre Productions VFD69955 
  • 2011 Brigh na Nollaig Gaelic Brigh Na Nollaig – A Selection Of Gaelic Carols In Support Of Highland HospiceHighlander HH2011001 
  • 2011 Grogarry LodgeSheem Records SHEEM01 
  • 2011 My EdinburghAnna-Wendy Stevenson AWS001 
  • 2010 The Music of Burns, The Birnam Quartet Shoogle Records SHOOGLE09013 
  • 2009 Flying FiddlesFlying Fiddles, FF01 
  • 2009 Norther, Ewan MacPherson Skye Records PHATCD 007 
  • 2008 Patsy Reid: Bridging the GapVertical Records VERTCD088 
  • 2006  Anna-Wendy StevensonEclectic Records ECLCD0619 
  • 2006 Gowd and SilverEclectic Records ECLCD0518 
  • 2004 Fine Friday: Mowing the MachairFoot Stompin’ CDFSR1726 
  • 2002 Tine Gheal- Bright Fire Anam Linn Records CKD121 
  • 2001 CallunaMill Records MRCD017 
  • 2000 Fine Friday: Gone Dancing Foot Stompin’ CDFSR1715   

Selected Performances 

  • 2020 Inishowen Traditional Music Project August with Simon Bradley Trio
  • December 2017: Performance Brest Conservatoire of Music, Brittany, France 
  • August 2017: Performance Porcia Festival, Asturias, Spain 
  • January 2017: Edinburgh at the Year's Midnight: Musical collaboration with poet Stewart Conn, National Gallery of Scotland. 
  • January 2017:Far Flung Collective (collaboration with Dorset Musicians Alex Roberts and Dan Somogyi and award winning Music Education Agency, Soundstorm), Celtic Connections Festival. 
  • October 2016: Suite Uist and Fuaran nan Eilean (collaboration between Feisean nan Gaidheal and Lews Castle College) performances Celtic Colours Festival, Cape Breton. 
  • March 2016Far Flung Collective collaboration premier of Suite Uist,Lighthouse Theatre, Poole. 
  • June 2015Port– a filmed collaboration between 3 Edinburgh musicians and 3 musicians from Ireland exploring our inspiration for composition and influence of ‘place’ in our music. BBC Alba 
  • June 2014: Children of the Smoke, performance of new music composed by Jim Sutherland Commonwealth Games, Glasgow. 
  • January 2014: Albastur Cultural Exchangeperformance Celtic Connections Festival. 
  • April 2013: Performances and teaching, Southern Hemisphere Scottish Fiddle School, New Zealand. 
  • December 2012- January 2013 Simon Bradley Trioperformance tour of Australia, incl. Cygnet Folk Festival, Illawara Folk Festival. 
  • August 2012 Violinist in ‘The Boy and the Bunnet’by James Ross, Big Sky Production, Edinburgh Festival. 
  • 2012: musical performance and interview, Restoration Man, Channel 4.  
  • 2010: Violinist with the True North Orchestraperforming new music by Jim Sutherland: Celtic Connections Festival and Perth Concert Hall. 
  • January 2009: Violinist in Patsy Reid's Bridging the Gap New Voices Commission for Celtic Connections Festival. 
  • October 2009 Performance collaboration between musicians between Iran/Cypriot/Scottish, music by Luke Plumb 'Ten Titles'
  • January 2009: Fiddler in ‘The Flight of the Arctic Tern’ by Mark Sheridan. Celtic Connections Festival. 
  • 2009 Musical Director: TV documentary ITrad, BBC Alba. 
  • 2008 Musical Director: TV Christmas Service ‘Nollaig bho nan h’Eileanan’ BBC Alba. 
  • October 2008: Director; Flying Fiddles, community music group tour of Cape Breton including appearances at Celtic Colours Festival and Cape Breton Radio.  
  • October 2007: Violinist in four new commissions by Jazz composers Phil Bancroft, Dolphin Boy, Bill Wells, Laura MacDonald, for Martyn Bennett NightQueen’s Hall Edinburgh.  
  • Nov 2007: Composition commission: set examination pieces for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Traditional Music exam pieces 
  • 2007: Composition and recording commission: Tall StoriesHighland Media Animation. 
  • January 2006: Violinist in Dougie MacLean's Rural Imagecommission for Celtic Connections.  
  • 2005: Commission for Celtic Connections Festival: 'My Edinburgh’, multimedia piece for 8 musicians and spoken voice 2006.  Subsequent performances at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh as part of the Ceilidh Culture Programme and Celtic Connections repeat concert 2007. 
  • 2005: Fiddler with Mike Scott of The Waterboys for International Festival of Peace, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh. 
  • January 2005: Violinist in ‘Paracas - Rhapsody of the Gael’, by Fred Morrison. A commission for traditional ensemble, Scottish Opera Orchestra and Chorus symphony orchestra, solo voice and narrators.  
  • 2005: Fiddle Tutor: Swannanoa Gathering, North Carolina.  Delivered lectures on ‘The Music of Ronald Stevenson, Scottish Composer’and ‘The Life and music of Martyn Bennett’
  • 2003 International tours with folk trio Fine Fridayincluding 3-month tour of Australia.  Festival appearances included The National Festival, Port Fairy Festival.  

Anna-Wendy Stevenson