Highland Young Musicians ‘showcase’ at Aviemore
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 the Osprey Arena at MacDonald Aviemore Resort on Saturday 19 November, the first of the day’s concerts (at 3pm) will feature Highland Youth Wind Band; Còisir G (Gaelic choir) Highland Youth Big Band and Highland Pulse (drumming group inspired by Top Secret, Swiss drum corps).
The music continues with a second concert at 6.30pm with Highland Youth String Orchestra; ‘snas; Highland Youth Choir and Highland Regional Youth Orchestra, under the baton of their Conductor, Chris George.
The Highland Young Musicians 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.
Highland Council’s Music Development Officer, Norman Bolton said: “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.
“Following auditions, these 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 11 years up to 17. The groups give young players experience of performing live at the highest standards and a 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 and enjoy the relaxed and accessible atmosphere of the event.”
The festival is generously sponsored by Macdonald Aviemore Resort and Friends of Highland Young Musicians. Concert tickets can be booked in advance (at a discounted cost) at: www.thelittleboxoffice.com/hym or on the day at the door (surcharge applied). Food and refreshments will be available in the venue during the event.
More information about all of the groups can be found at:www.highland-young-musicians.com and on Facebook.