Ann

Ann Campbell


Dancer

Ann Campbell has been a member of the St. Andrew's of Brampton Scottish Country Dance group since the late 1970s.

Deviser

In 1986, Ann wrote her first Scottish Country Dance. Now, over twenty-five years later, her total is more than one hundred and ninety dances.

Appropriately enough, her first dance, "Mrs. Marjorie Coulter," was written to honour the founder of our group. Equally appropriately, it was premiered on November 5, 1986, at the celebration of our twentieth anniversary.

Undoubtedly Ann's most well-known dance is "St. Andrew's of Brampton." It was published by the RSCDS in Book 37: Frae A' The Airts, Volume 2 (1992). Its world-wide popularity is attested to by the fact that, besides the society's recording of music for Book 37 [first, on disc and cassette, by Fiddlers Three Plus Two (RSCDS 45, 1992) and then on CD by Iain MacPhail and his Scottish Dance Band (RSCDSCD034, 2002)], music for "St. Andrew's of Brampton" has been recorded by Alastair Hunter & the Lorne Scottish Dance Band on their Lorne Choice (DACD9716, 1997) and by David Cunningham and his Scottish Dance Band, on their All Set (TRCD9801, 1995), which also includes an Encore version. That's five different sets of music by four different bands!

In 1994, to celebrate the twenty-fifth West Toronto Ball, the organizing committee sponsored a competition, and invited devisers to submit a 32 bar Jig (for 3 couples). The winning entry would be the first dance on the program of the Ball. One of Ann's three submissions won and became "West Toronto Ball Welcome". All eleven entries were published in West Toronto Ball Jigs (1994).

Ann has written dances to celebrate the arrival of children and grandchildren and the passing of dear friends. She has written dances to celebrate other milestones in her own life and the lives of her friends and fellow dancers. And she has written dances because certain phrases would be perfect as titles, if only there were dances to go with them!

Ann published ten of her dances, written between 1988 and 1993, in St. Andrew's of Brampton: A Collection of Scottish Country Dances. A further ten dances, written between 1992 and 1996, were published in St. Andrew's of Brampton, Book II: A Collection of Scottish Country Dances.

On their album, Celtic Fire in the Music, (BRG 024-CD, 2006) Bobby Brown and The Scottish Accent wedded their music to Ann's "Betty Grant's Strathspey" and "The Dancing Bells".

A new book of her dances, Who's Who in Toronto, celebrating many friends and fellow dancers in the RSCDS Toronto Association, was published by the Toronto Association, in 2010.

Director

Besides serving several terms as Chairman of St. Andrew's of Brampton, Ann has been a member of the Executive of the RSCDS Toronto Association.

Ann was the Convenor for the 2001-2005 Tartan Balls.

At the April 2006 Annual General Meeting of the RSCDS Toronto Association, Ann was elected to the Board of Directors, as the Program Director. She completed her term in April 2012.

Photo: courtesy of Rob Lockhart.


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