Roo & Neil

Roo Geddes and Neil Sutcliffe combine their shared experience across Classical, Folk and Jazz to create original music for violin and accordion. Based in Glasgow, their compositions are inspired by landscape and people and by how music can evoke a sense of place and community.

The pair first met as students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Juniors’ School, aged 13. They quickly formed a close friendship and began collaborating musically throughout their studies until graduating this year with Honours of the First Class. In 2020 during the first Covid-19 lockdown, one piece from this collection was selected as the winner of Feis Rois’ “In Tune with Nature” competition. They remotely composed, recorded and filmed a new piece that celebrated the wildlife and landscape of the magical Taynish National Nature Reserve. In January 2021, the duo was selected for the prestigious ‘Danny Kyle Award’.

Born into families of educators, both musicians are passionate teachers and their pedagogy significantly informs their identity as artists. They work with students from a diverse range of ages and abilities in both private and community-music settings. Away from their instruments, they share a love of hillwalking, tree climbing, and all things outdoors.

Roo and Neil joined LMNS in 2022.

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