“I believe that creative arts and culture will have a vital role to play in reimagining high-streets, communities, towns and economies, as well as supporting mental health, lifestyle and wellness. An organisation like Tannahill Arts and Heritage can and will drive a new era of entrepreneurial partnership working across sectors, to support national recovery post-COVID" -Dr. Toni James, Managing Director of Tannahill Arts and Heritage
Considered among the finest Scottish pianists of her generation, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and founding member of Neave Trio, Toni James, has attracted wide critical acclaim. “An outstanding musician” (New York Times) and “a chamber music pianist of the highest calibre” (MusicWeb International), Toni has been praised for the “personality of her interpretation” (New York Times) and lauded as “poised to join the ranks of the finest” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).
In addition to building a successful twenty-year career as a professional performing artist, Dr. Toni James is also a senior academic with extensive experience leading development of protoprofessional, industry-facing arts curricula within higher education institutions, and producing large-scale festivals, events and programming on behalf of major cultural organisations.
As Managing Director, she led the San Diego Guitar Festival, establishing it internationally as a significant and influential cultural organisation that attracts the finest guitarists from all over the world, as well as a leading provider of educational outreach for schools in low-income areas across Southern California. Recently, she has focused on providing the next generation of women in music with platforms for knowledge exchange, career pathways and industry mentoring, through the Women in Music Conference she developed at the University of Liverpool, delivered virtually March 2021.
Appointed Professor of Music at the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University in 2015, she currently teaches classical performance and pedagogy, as well as directing chamber music at the University of Liverpool, where she was appointed Head of Academic Quality and Standards for the School of the Arts.
Artistic & Executive Director- Alan Fleming-Baird
In addition to his role as Artistic Director of Tannahill Arts and Heritage, composer and music director Alan Fleming-Baird is one of Scotland’s most exciting talents, "a composer with a real sense of what makes music dramatic" (The Scotsman) “writing music that packs a significant emotional punch” (Herald Scotland).
In addition to the release of his orchestral music by the Philharmonia Orchestra on Domain Records, Alan’s music has been performed and recorded by the UK’s leading ensembles including the Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra, London Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia of London, Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra, Paisley Festival Orchestra, London Voices, Belcea Quartet, Edinburgh Quartet, City of Birmingham Choir, and the Paragon Ensemble.
Alan has also been acclaimed as "a writer that truly understands what it is to be a musical dramatist for the theatre" (BBC Radio 4). Nominated for Best New Musical, Alan’s “Divided We Fall” opened in London and later New York City, and he has served as Musical Director for the hugely successful shows “Cats” and “Starlight Express” in London’s West End. Alan has also amassed an impressive array of musical credits in film and television including the BBC’s “Fully Booked”, “Edinburgh Uncovered” and “Pantoland”, Channel Four Film’s “A Different Kind of Christmas”, and the feature film “Where Demons Hide”.
Alan’s teachers include Sir John Tavener, Brian Eno, and Stephen Sondheim. Having held two Fellowships in composition, Alan studied composition, piano and conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, before accepting a scholarship for postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Currently completing his MA in Music and the Environment at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Alan is passionate about ensuring Tannahill Arts and Heritage is a sustainable creative enterprise. Alan is also committed to widening participation in new music. He is frequently engaged to compose works for amateur choirs and orchestras that accommodate varying skill levels, encouraging collaboration between professional and developing musicians.
Upcoming works include a new duo sonata for violin and piano commissioned by Renfrewshire Council’s Artist Development Scheme and a new piano quintet written for one of the UK’s finest young ensembles Maxwell String Quartet and pianist Toni James, funded by Creative Scotland.
The Tannahill Arts Committee
Anne M Scriven is a writer of narrative non-fiction. She holds a PhD in Scottish Literature — a field she lectured in — and has been an Honorary Fellow for The Centre for Scottish Cultural Studies, University of Strathclyde. She established a collaborative publishing project between the University of Strathclyde and the publishing company of Kennedy & Boyd which resulted in numerous titles of Scottish literature coming back into print. In 2010 she produced a new annotated edition of Kirsteen by Margaret Oliphant (the focus of Anne's doctorate studies), published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS). Anne also has a published corpus of academic articles. She left academia to become a freelance writer.
In 2013 Learning To Listen: Life and a Nervous Dog was published and charts her personal journey with a crazed rescue dog. The book was recommended by the international dog listener, Jan Fennell www.janfennellthedoglistener.com This was followed by Provenance: Tales of A Bookshop in 2015 (drawn, allegedly, from her six years’ experience of working in a second-hand bookshop in Paisley). Cadences: Notes from an Ordinary Life, was published in October 2017 – a memoir of personal noticings laced with literary awarenesses. Ian Jack of The Guardian has said ‘Anne M Scriven writes about her human subjects with a delightful — and rare — combination of sympathy and quiet irony. She is a joy to read.’
In 2018 Anne established a book business, Ardgowan Books, www.ardgowanbooks.wordpress.com which operated every weekend within Randall's Antiques in Glasgow's famous Barras market in the east end of the city, and which helped inform her forthcoming book: A Bookstall in the Barras (EPD Sept 2021). Ardgowan Books ceased trading in 2020 when Anne returned to teach English in secondary schools and was busy establishing a local arts festival as detailed on her webpage.
Anne has performed her work at various book festivals, bookshops and venues around Scotland and has also chaired sessions and conducted live-stage interviews with other writers. Her professional background — as a former lecturer in Higher education and as a current teacher in the secondary school sector — allows her to be at ease with audiences while her accumulated on-going learning and passion for the literary world, informs her facilitation. Anne is a member of the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature programme. She is on the organizing committee for Tannahill Arts & Heritage.
Karen has been acting, directing, writing and creating for as long as she can remember. While enjoying a 25 year career in social care, Karen was building her theatre experience to the point where, nine years ago, she took the leap and began working full-time freelance as H-arts. Within that her work varies as… Creative Facilitator, Writer, Director, Actor and Producer. A lot of her work is with community groups with whom she designs and facilitates large scale creative to performance projects as well as workshop programmes, one-offs, social care trouble-shooting training, performed campaign/statement pieces, conference and event pieces, character appearances… These are often bespoke or from her wide portfolio of programmes and scripts. Karen has just completed her Creative Scotland funded project, We’re Still Here, with shielders living in Renfrewshire Sheltered Housing. Karen has directed full-scale musicals for local clubs and for performance runs in both The Kings and Theatre Royal, Glasgow and for Loud’n’Proud in the Armadilo and Paisley Town Hall. The Sma Shot stage and film is the third project Karen has worked on scripts for with Tommy McGrory. Karen loves time spent with her pen and as a Company Director of Punch Productions, she began writing more seriously about fourteen years ago. She was creating her first plays for the company as well as co-writing comedy material for their highly popular - Punch Pandemonium Goes To… sketch show brand. Karen’s picture-book, Tillie The Naughty Fairy and Her Grandpa’s Teeth, based on her popular puppet characters Tillie and Eddie the stinky elf is due out later this year. She has collaborated with Renfrewshire creatives – Kevin Cantwell (Illustrator) and Sue Kirkwood (Editor). Her plays are known for their down-to-earth, gritty drama and comedy. Her trilogy, Waiting (My Perfect Place, The End and The Big Squeeze – featuring her popular characters, Jessie and Mary) premiered in 2014. But her favourite writing experience and journey, to date has been with her play “Say You Love Me”. Originally written and performed as dinner-theatre, it has since enjoyed several productions and casts, West Coast dates, full house/standing ovation status at the Edinburgh Fringe and Off (off)-Broadway for dates in Oct/Nov 2016. Karen has just been awarded an Artist Development Grant to complete her current playwrighting project.