13th August 2010 at 01:00

Anna Cameron, who has died at the age of 80, was an accomplished pianist and principal teacher of music who taught in Dunbartonshire and Lanarkshire schools.

She was educated at Renton Primary and Vale of Leven Academy. It was during the Second World War that Anna's musical gifts came to the fore as, with her friends, she starred in concert parties. As a 17-year-old, she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Jordanhill College to qualify as a music teacher.

At the age of 20, she took up her first teaching post at her alma mater, Vale of Leven Academy, and then as a peripatetic teacher in nearby primary schools. She taught in Lanarkshire during the late 1950s, and in Blantyre became head of girls at the secondary school, where she was guide, counsellor and mentor, a role that she would undertake time and again in many different guises.

In the early 1970s, Anna returned to Dunbartonshire to take up a peripatetic role, working across Renton Primary, Levenvale Primary and St Mary's Primary. When the headmaster of Levenvale asked her to help out at a fiddlers' rally in Bearsden, it was the start of a long and regular association with the Bearsden Fiddlers, accompanying their guest singers on the piano.

Her next move was to Notre Dame High in Dumbarton, where she worked with principal teacher Jean Graham, doyenne of the Dalvaits. She remained at the school for 10 years, latterly as head of department. All of the teachers in the current music department at what is now Our Lady and St Patrick's High are their former pupils.

Anna became known as a singers' accompanist, but her early triumphs were as a choral conductor with the Dumbarton Co-operative juvenile and junior choirs. In Blantyre she continued with choral success, in particular with boys' choirs which regularly won at the Glasgow Festival.

She agreed to act as accompanist for the Dalvait Singers to help out for a couple of concerts and festivals and stayed for 30 years. But she never just played the notes. She took an accompaniment and made it into something very special to suit the needs of the choir. For a soloist who hadn't got the right music in the right key, Anna worked out just what was needed to enable the singer to be at his or her best. Young instrumentalists finding their way as performers found that Anna gave them a feeling of security.

The coda to her life was her final great enterprise, the founding of WOVEN, an ecumenical women's group in the Vale of Leven. It was an idea she adopted, adapted and improved to link, across denominations, women, worship and music.

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