Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Mairi Armstrong is a soprano singer. She was educated at Hawick High School, where she enjoyed Music lessons with Mr Ian Seeley. Learning about music and taking part in extra activities like choir inspired her to find out more about the voice and performance. As well as Music, she enjoyed Art, even though she wasn’t a brilliant artist: she loved trying. One of the subjects she didn’t particularly enjoy was PE; she hated standing around on the hockey pitch in the cold weather.
She has starred as Maria in a major revival of the musical West Side Story and also in Joseph Papps’ production of The Pirates of Penzance. She has performed in places like Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Oslo and Helsinki as well as all over the United Kingdom. She toured the Borders with the band Rideout and in 2004 she released her album ‘Songs from Elsewhere’.
She is a fully qualified singing instructor with a DRSAM from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow in Teaching Singing and Performance and the Advanced Studies Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Mairi went to Guildhall with the help of the John Leishman Scholarship under the tuition of Noelle Barker OBE.
She currently teaches pupils over fifteen in Finchley, North London. Students can be taught all styles of singing including opera, jazz, pop and classical. Along with teaching, Mairi also runs a weekly choir, various singing workshops and concerts in support of charitable causes.
by Cian Gullen