RSCDS Twin Cities Branch 43rd Annual Grand Ball
13 April 2019


Dance music by Tim Macdonald(fiddle) and Jeremy Ward (cello) with Dick Hensold (pipes)
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Join the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) Twin Cities at our Grand Ball and Dinner. We are excited to welcome Chicago-based duo Tim Macdonald (fiddle) and Jeremy Ward (cello), who will be joined by St. Paul-based piper Dick Hensold.

A regular performer, scholar, composer, and teacher of early Scottish fiddle music, Tim Macdonald was the first US National Scottish Fiddling Champion to win on a Baroque violin. His performances with Trio Settecento, Susie Petrov, Colyn Fischer, the Bach and Beethoven Experience, and many others have taken him from New York City's Frick Collection to the villages of Indonesia, countless country and contra dances, Scotland's Blair Castle, and beyond. His radio appearances include WQXR classical radio (New York City), BBC Scotland's Take the Floor, WDCB (Chicago), and WBOM (Rockford). He is the chairman of the Chicago Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, the Musician-in-Residence for the Oak Park English Country Dancers, and is in demand for SCD balls, English country dances, contras, and "Playing for Dance" workshops across the country. He is perennially in charge of dance music at The Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling and has also played for English-Scottish-Contra Week (ESCape) at Pinewoods. He also plays the viola d'amore, harpsichord, and concertina, is an award-winning software developer, and ran the Chicago Marathon for charity.

Jeremy David Ward is a cellist whose musical inspiration and repertoire spans from Renaissance dance music to the post-tonal works of Saariaho and Dutilleux. As a performer of early bass instruments, he is a founding member of the 16th and 17th century brass and strings ensemble Rook. Rook has performed at the Boston and Madison Early Music Fringe Festivals. It was also chosen to participate in Carnegie Hall's Professional Training Workshop with L'Arpeggiata. In 2014, the group held a weekend residency at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and released its premier album, Eleven. Jeremy also enjoys musicking with other early music ensembles such as Three Notch'd Road and The Newberry Consort, where he has performed with historical performance luminaries Bruce Dickey, Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Tom Zajac. He is also a member of the Newberry Violin Band. Jeremy is a guest lecturer at Wheaton Conservatory where he teaches historical performance practice. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music and currently lives in and loves the great city of Chicago.

Schedule of Events:
Friday, 12 April 2019
House Concert with Tim Macdonald and Jeremy Ward

Home of Joe Dolson and Janna Kysilko
Details TBA
Saturday, 13 April
Olivet Congregational Church
1850 Iglehart Ave, St Paul, MN


Coming later

Ball registrar: Maggie Voth, e-mail: registrar [at]


Ball Chair: Daniel Beal, e-mail: debeal [at]

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