Unique Concerts Festival celebrates youth music-making at its best
Over 300 young musicians from across the Highlands have been busy rehearsing for their unique showcase Concerts Festival which will feature the eight diverse groups working under the umbrella of Highland Young Musicians.
Held in Eden Court’s Empire Theatre on Saturday 12th March, the festival will open with a performance of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony by Highland Regional Youth Orchestra under the baton of Conductor Chris George, at 2.30pm. This opening performance will be followed by diverse programmes from Highland Youth Choir; ‘snas and Còisir G along with special guests ‘The Rolling Drones’.
This matchless festival of music continues for the rest of the afternoon and evening with the unique sounds of a percussion ensemble at 6pm followed by Highland Youth Pipe Band (with guests from Marion Munro School of Dance), Highland Youth String Orchestra and Highland Youth Big Band. The festival will end with the powerful sound of the Highland Youth Wind Band who are also competing in the final of the Scottish Concert Band Festival in Perth Concert Hall on Sunday 20th March.
The eight Highland Regional Music Groups are organised and run by The Highland Council as an extension to the work of its Instrumental Tuition Service. Membership for all groups is by invitation after an Audition Day held in May each year. Some of the musicians are also members of national instrumental ensembles.
The Council’s Music Development Officer, Norman Bolton said: “The groups are populated by some of Highland’s most talented young musicians from primary and secondary schools across the area and range in ages from 7 years up to 17. The groups give young players the experience of performing live at the highest standards and the chance to develop their skills beyond any opportunity available in individual schools. It is a testament to the standards of these groups that external organisations and musicians are more than happy to collaborate with us. I hope as many people as possible take this opportunity to come and enjoy some terrific music. This unique festival is something we should be very proud of in Highland. It really offers something for everyone and can’t fail to prove that youth music-making in our area is flourishing.”
Festival entry, costs £10 for 18 years and over and £5 for children. This allows ticket holders to come and go throughout the day. Bookings can be made via Eden Court’s Box Office on 01463 234234 or at www.eden-court.co.uk. Food and refreshments will be available in the venue during the event.
More information about all of the groups can be found at: