Corrina Hewat, awarded Music Tutor of the Year 2013 at the Scots Trad Music Awards, was born in Edinburgh and brought up in the Scottish Highlands. She is a harpist, singer, composer & arranger, musical director, recording artist, musical collaborator, workshop leader and Principal Harp Tutor (BA Scottish Music) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Corrina attained a first class honours degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music on Scottish Harp & Pedal Harp studying with Maire Ni Chathasaigh and went on to achieve recognition for her work with Bachué (with pianist David Milligan), Chantan (singing trio with Christine Kydd and Elspeth Cowie), Shine (with harpist Mary Macmaster & Gaelic singer Alyth MacCormack) and Scots big band supergroup The Unusual Suspects (nominated Live Act of the Year 2005). She is now working on the Corrina Hewat Band and a newly reformed Shine for touring and recording in 2015.
Having developed a creative and powerful technique on small harp, Camac Harps sponsored her with the gift of an Electroharp in 2002 and she continues to work with them on developing a new instrument. She is part of the award-winning Pathhead Music Collective (Creative Places 2013), was a finalist in the BBC 2 Young Traditional Musician 1995; nominated Instrumentalist of the Year 2004 at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards; an award winner in the 2012 Camac Harp Trophy competition at the Interceltique Festival, Lorient and is the recipient of a ‘Women in Music’ Award for composition. She has also been awarded an Artists Bursary by Creative Scotland for development in song, songwriting and self, to further her career. As a singer she is blessed with a beautiful earthy voice. The diversity of her stylistic influences is reflected by some of the artists she has recorded and performed with; Eric Bibb, Horse, Carol Kidd, Peggy Seeger, Gordie Sampson, Eddi Reader, Karine Polwart, Bobby McFerrin and in the British Council’s Shifting Sands project merging Middle Eastern music with the music of the UK, her input being described as ‘gold dust’ by the musical director Andy Mellon.
She is a Music For Youth mentor; has written 13 large-scale commissions to date, has performed and conducted at the Royal Albert Hall Music; judged at the Inverness Music Festival, Royal National Mod, Scottish Harp Society of America, New Hampshire Highland Games, Dinan Rencontre Harp Composer Competition. She musically directs the Unusual Suspects, the Gordon Duncan Experience and the TMSA Young Trad Tour and accompanying release on cd. She is also a guest tutor at the Highland Feisean. She is a SHSA sanctioned trained judge for the Harp Society of America and has run masterclasses over USA and Europe. Her vocal workshops at Celtic Connections over the last 10 years have grown to such an extent she’s been seen teaching 150 people in one workshop. She musically directs the annual Harp Village in Cromarty in late September, and the Song School in Celtic Connections in January and has started her own annual HarmonySong weekend of teaching in Newbattle Abbey College, Dalkeith.
She has been running harmony singing groups for the past 25 years, and has run Sangstream, the Edinburgh 60-strong folk choir for the past 3 years, while also coordinating the Celtic Connections Festival public workshops each year. She has written 19 large scale works for commission, recorded 15 albums under her own name or band name and contributed to over 30 albums as a session musician/band collaborator.
Edinburgh, Pathhead, Glasgow, Highlands