The Harrison-Frank Family Foundation

Kirsty MacLeod

Kirsty holds a Master of Art with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music and a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During her studies she won numerous prizes including the Hilda Bailey prize for Violin, the Mabel Globel prize for Chamber Music, the Thomas and Margaret Roddan Scholarship, the Wolfson Scholarship and the Donald Dewar Scholarship. Kirsty is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in Violin teaching.
As a keen chamber musician, Kirsty was delighted to be invited to festivals such a Mendelssohn on Mull, Festival MusicAlpe and the Cantelina Music Festival. Kirsty has performed for Rannoch Music Series, Westbourne Music Series, Glasgow Cathedral Festival and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. With the Corran Quartet of which she was a founding member, she was invited to be Quartet in Residence at Music Cordiale International Festival in France, as well as being on the Britten-Pears Young Artist programme for 2021 and performing live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune.’  Kirsty enjoys working with numerous orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Kirsty is Sub-Principal Violin at the English National Ballet. Her work has taken her across the world – China, Japan, Germany, Austria, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
Kirsty enjoys music of many genres. She has performed onstage alongside numerous artists including Ed Sheeran live at the Brit Awards, Nothing But Thieves for BBC Sport, Evanescence, Adam Lambert live on ITV, Marti Pellow live on ITV’s ‘This Morning,’ Susan Boyle, the Snuts, Rufus Wainwright, Natasha Bedingfield, Lemar, Father John Misty, Unknown T, NSG, Mnelia, Griff Rhys Jones and Erland Cooper, with whom she performed with as principle violin for his 2021 tour and live on BBC Radio 3. Kirsty performs regularly as a deputy violinist on west end shows.  She thoroughly enjoys creating new music which has led her to recording film-scores and tracks for the BBC and contemporary artists including Anne-Marie at Abbey Road Studios

Kirsty has studied Baroque Violin with Simon Standage at the Royal Academy of Music, Traditional Scottish Fiddle with Alistair Mcculloch at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In her spare time, Kirsty loves running, cycling, reading and indulging in some other interests. This has led her to qualifying as a Licensed Paralegal, as well as gaining a Diploma in Nutrition. Kirsty also holds qualifications from the Open University in Social Psychology and Politics, Religion and Conflict, and Global Ethics. Kirsty is a proud to be co-founder of the award-winning live music company Dahlia Music of which she manages the London base.
Kirsty is so very grateful to the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation to be playing on a beautiful Silvestre violin.