instrument : Fiddle
name : Ros Gasson
description : Brush up your fiddle technique in a relaxed and friendly Edinburgh fiddle class.
We focus on producing better tone from the fiddle, and developing relaxed playing with a strong sense of rhythm. Most of the tunes we learn are common Scottish session tunes. The class can help with individual issues that participants might need to address. We play and learn new tunes by ear in the class. Written music is available online after each lesson, as a reminder.
location : Edinburgh
Janet Annie Macvea grew up in the village of Whithorn in the royal burgh in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, about ten miles south of Wigtown. Her father Antony was the chemist in the village and her mother Eliza was a music teacher. Janet studied medicine at Glasgow University and by 1906 she had qualified(MB ChB). In March 1915 she joined the Scottish Women;s Hospitals as surgeon and headed to the front in Serbia. Janet firstly went to Kragujievac to help with the typhus epidemic. Serbia was being swept away with by disease, famine and thousands of wounded soldiers. All manner of human suffering was imposed on this stoic nation. The impact these hospitals had on Serbia was magnificent. They not only saved lives but brought hope to a beleaguered people. Janet was in charge of the typhus hospital no 6 in Kragujievac, a 200 bed unit on the outskirts of the town in the old army barracks. Always overcrowded and she would have spend days working around the clock. In June she moved north to Mladenovac, the hospital their was under the command of Dr Beatrice McGregor. The hospital was doing a quite fantastic job supporting the Serbs. Then in October, German and Austrian troops attacked Serbia with such huge force that by the 12th of October the unit had no choice but to evacuate the hospital as the town was on the main railway line. They fled south to Kraguievac and regrouped opening an emergency dressing station, 100’s of Serbian causalities poured in. With the Bulgarians joining the assault on Serbia they were forced to move down to Kraljevo and open another dressing station. Finally in early November all hope was gone and the SWH were forced to choose between retreat to the Adriatic Sea or remain and fall into enemy hands. On the 5th of November Dr McGregor and her nurses joined “The Great Serbian Retreat” The retreat as witnessed by Janet and the band of women was an endless procession of men, women and children, a beaten nation, attempting in the frozen depths of winter with very little or no food and poorly clothed to trek for weeks covering hundreds of miles over the Albanian and Montenegrin mountain. Hundreds of thousands of Serbians poured out of the country, all desperate to escape the invading forces. Well over 150,000 died, killed or were lost along the way. History has few parallels to this mass exodus.
Dr McGregor, Janet and the others made it back to the UK on the 23rd of December. They too had suffered as nurse Caroline Toughill was killed on the mountains of the Ibar valley.
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Born Eliza Robb Patrick in October 1865, she grew up in the family home in Bridgeton, Glasgow. Her father William was a GP in the city as was her brother John. In 1891 she was teaching music from the family home but by 1901 she had progressed to Kitchen Superintendent at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. In December 1914 she joined the war effort and became employed as cook with the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. This unit under the stewardship of Dr Eleanor Soltau was the first Serbian unit to be sent to Serbia by Dr Elsie Inglis. They boarded the SS Nile at Southampton on the 1st of December 1914 and headed for Serbia via Salonika. At the time of crossing the mission looked bleak as large parts of Serbia including Belgrade had fallen into enemy hands. But on arrival at Salonika they were greeted and uplifted by the tremendous news that Serbia had been victorious in the battle of the ridges and despite heavy losses and an epidemic of typhus had pushed the Austrian/Hungarian troops out of Serbia for the second time on a few short months.