Louise Martin
MMus, PGCE, BA (Hons)

Louise spent eight years as a secondary school music teacher before running away with the circus, where she branched out from classical cello and piano into rock, punk, ska, country, theremin, musical saw and stilt-walking. Following postgraduate MMus study in Ethnomusicology, and Music in the Community, she settled back in Edinburgh. She now works as a freelance musician in a variety of contexts: she leads creative music projects for organisations such as East Lothian and Highland Councils, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ensemble; has taught Music in the Community at Edinburgh University and Napier University; has organised education work for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; works with adult amateur musicians as Musical Director of the Merchant Sinfonia (Glasgow) and Stockbridge and New Town Community Orchestra (Edinburgh); and in 2015 was appointed Director of Access, Engagement and Participation with the exciting contemporary group Red Note Ensemble.

  • If I was an animal I'd like to be a Friesian cow – just mosey-ing along, grazing all day. Mmmmoooooo!
  • My favourite day out in Edinburgh a walk along the River Almond walkway, ending up at the ice-cream van at Cramond harbour
  • 3 scoops of ice-cream: Belgian chocolate, blackcurrant sorbet, raspberry sorbet
  • I started to play the Recorder when I was 8
    Piano when I was 9
    Violin when I was 10
    Cello when I was 11
    Musical Saw when I was old enough to know better

Louise teaches Primary 2 creative music, String Group and Concert Band.

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