Grace Notes Scotland is dedicated to identifying and handing- on traditions to new generations. All of our projects document (whether in written or oral form), conserve, nurture and promote Scotland’s languages and dialects, traditions and skills, oral history, songs, tunes and stories. We work to broaden awareness of, and share our love of, Scotland’s ‘intangible heritage’ (UNESCO 2003) and invite people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to participate in projects. In giving voice to every generation, we recognise and value the elderly, and encourage the young to appreciate their heritage. Projects enable both current and new generations to benefit from the skills and values of the past so that they may enrich their own lives and communities. Based near Comrie, Perthshire, the Scottish Charity ‘Grace Notes Scotland’ (SC040434) was established in 2009.
Members of the board of directors:
Secretary Liz Elkind is a long-time Trade Union and Trades Council activist. For many years she lectured in Community Education in Edinburgh and was a council member and President of the higher education section of EIS. She was a member of the STUC General Council and served as its President. She loves to sing and is a member of several choirs including ‘Protest in Harmony’.
Treasurer Dr Renate Gertz is Freedom of Information & Data Protection Officer for East Lothian Council. A Former lecturer in law at the University of Edinburgh, Rena is also a singer and member of a folk band as well as keen a craftswoman.
Artistic Director Margaret Bennett, who grew up in Skye, is a folklorist, singer, broadcaster and author of several books on Scottish traditions. A former lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, she teaches part-time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and in 2013 was appointed Honorary Professor of the Royal Academy of Scotland. <www.margaretbennett.co.uk>