Note from the composer
Finding an appropriate title was challenging, but I finally settled on Càol MacAoidh; Càol meaning “music” in Gaelic and MacAoidh being the Gaelic spelling of McKay, my mother’s maiden name. My mother, who passed away in June of 2004, loved the harp and loved music that is simple and expressive. Of all the music I have written, this is the piece she would have liked best. Càol MacAoidh was written for my dear friend Elizabeth Volpé-Bligh, and first performed, brilliantly, by her and Roger Cole on October 12, 2005 in the Recital Hall at the University of British Columbia. The audio from this performance is provided above.