Morag Northey’s multi-genre theatrical production ‘17’, features an amalgamation of her writing, cello, voice, composition, improvisation and experience as she invites her audiences into her 52-year journey as woman, artist, mother and indomitable spirit. ‘17’ premieres this summer 2017 at the Sunset Theatre in Wells, BC to be taken on the road to each and every possible corner of our globe!
Morag’s passion for musical expression and theatre has been witnessed through her compositions and sound designs: Queen Lear (Eugene Stickland Urban Curvz), Blanche (Onalea Gilbertson), Butcher ATP (Betty Mitchell Award for most outstanding theatrical composition), Vanishing Point ATP , Why Freud Fainted (David Rhymer ATP), Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Co, and Hamlet (Karen Jeffery, Sunset Theatre). She collaborated with Kong Kie and Marjorie Chan in Hello Cello, Good-bye Heart (Banff Playwright’s Colony).
Morag’s exclusive engagements as a classical and multi-genre cellist, singer and songwriter have included: 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Dalai Lama Now tour, and for the Governor General of Canada Michëlle Jean and the 2015 Canada Winter Games. In 2014 she walked the Camino de Santiago trail with her cello on her back to encourage others faced with hardship to “Walk On” sharing cello, voice and songs along ‘The Way. ‘
Morag created a three year, six to eight week transformational concert cycle called Together Calgary – a year of Full Moon Walks where she serenaded and guided guests along positive theme-based paths through Calgary’s Fish Creek Park, Bow Valley Ranche, and also in Wells BC. 2012-2015
Morag’s cello, voice, compositions and arrangements are heard on albums including Lilies of the Field nominated for “Outstanding Inspirational Album of the Year” Gospel Music Association 2007, Blanche, the Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame with Onalea Gilbertson and Jonathan Lewis 2011, and her own album This is the Life with Red Venus Blue Tango, to name a few.
Film and Theatre and Composer, Cellist, Pianist Morag wrote and recorded Enticed by Nicole Tritter; Opening Night – the Former Mrs. Butterfly, Cellist for Lola Films; the Genie nominated short Claire, Cellist and Beauty Crowds Me, Cracker Films with multiple soundtrack recordings through the Six Degrees film company.
Morag has acted as Principal Cellist in the following Theatrical productions: Mary and Max, Crazy For You, The Little Prince, Mary Poppins, Next to Normal, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, (Theatre Calgary), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee , Wizard of Oz (Alberta Theatre Projects), Crossing Swords, Jeremy de Bergerac – Forte Musical Theatre Guild, Les Miserables (Live Ent), Phantom of the Opera (Mirvish Productions) and West Side Story, (Rawlings).
Morag’s passion for cello began in Vancouver BC, attending the Vancouver Academy of Music the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College and holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin – BMus, University of Calgary – MMus and the Orchestral Training Program of Toronto. She has worked with orchestras that include the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Orchestra. Morag is heard as a Solo and Chamber Artist in ensembles such as the Calgary Symphonic Wind Orchestra’s Concerto for Cello and Saxophone by Christian Venter and the Denisov Saxophone and Cello Duo with Jeremy Brown of the Rubbing Stone Ensemble.
She is an inspirational teacher of over thirty-six years and teaches out of her Morag Cello Studio and the Mount Royal University and summers at the Island Mountain Arts, Wells B.C.