Who’s who

Alison Burns

Lightkeepers choir musical director

Songwriter and community choir composer Alison Burns has a background in using music to build and sustain communities. In 1995 she was a founding member of the Natural Voice Network, the professional organisation for community choir leaders and voice-workers, and over the past 20 plus years has played a key role in enabling the NVN to hone its vision and facilitate growth and change for its expanding international membership. Since 2013 she has worked for Hands Up for Trad running their community based project Scotland Sings.

Many of her songs have found their way into the repertoire -and hearts -of singers across the UK, and increasingly the USA and Australia. Her work has been published by Faber Music, SignAlong, Sing Up! and Oxford University Press. As one of the UK’s busiest workshop leaders she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to The Lightkeepers.

Sarah Northcott

Lightkeepers orchestra musical director

Sarah Northcott is a traditional musician and community worker who has led mixed instrument classes at the Scots Music Group in Edinburgh for longer than she cares to remember, bringing groups together to make the most of their collective musical sound.

Sarah has also run workshops around Scotland and beyond with organisations such as the Youth Gaitherin, Hands Up For Trad and Scots Fiddle Festival. She composes traditional-style tunes which have been recorded by top artists including The Poozies and Sarah-Jane Summers, and her tunes are regularly played at sessions. Sarah is the fiddle player and dance caller with The Robert Fish Band and The Little Biggar Band.

Ros Gasson

Lightkeepers project administrator

Ros Gasson is a fiddle player and has sung in choirs in Edinburgh for a number of years. A natural organiser, Ros previously worked as development worker for the Scots Music Group, and has been the administrator for SongTribe choir since it started in 2015.

Ros is a founder member of Da Hooley ceilidh band, teaches fiddle with Fun Fiddle, organises and teaches at the Bealach Fiddle Retreats. and also dabbles in website building and photography.