Tattoo guests get chance to hear Phamie’s suite sound

Contemporary harpist Phamie Gow will be playing in front of the Queen, politicians and VIPs at the forthcoming ceremony for the opening of the Scottish Parliament on 1st July 2011. 20th June 2011. Picture by JANE BARLOW
Contemporary harpist Phamie Gow will be playing in front of the Queen, politicians and VIPs at the forthcoming ceremony for the opening of the Scottish Parliament on 1st July 2011. 20th June 2011. Picture by JANE BARLOW

WESTRUTHER multi-instrumentalist Phamie Gow helped open this year’s Edinburgh Tattoo from inside the city’s castle.

She performed an extract from The Edinburgh Suite – recently composed by her for the Classical Brit award-winners the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – to invited guests in the castle’s Great Hall.

Phamie played the electric harp and was joined by the drums, woodwind and brass of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Apollo String Quartet and pipes of the Scots Dragoons.

The concert was heard by a selected audience, including the Lord Provost of Edinburgh George Grubb, Major General David Shaw, Governor of Edinburgh Castle and Brigadier David Allfrey.

She was then escorted to sit in the VIP suite to enjoy the first night of the Tattoo.

Brigadier Allfrey, who commanded the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards from 2000 to 2002 is set to take over as producer of the Tattoo.

Discussing The Edinburgh Suite, he said: “The regiment has always sought to be true to the traditions of piping while looking to innovate and bring our music to wider audiences.

“We were thrilled at the richness and texture starting to show in the preliminary recordings. We are hugely excited as the final arrangements take shape.”

Phamie recorded the commissioned work at the legendary Metropolis Studios in London, which have previously hosted Michael Jackson, Madonna and Elton John.

Phamie also co-produced The Edinburgh Suite with Steve McLauchlin, well known as a film music producer for numerous Holywood movies.