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Online event will keep music makers connected

By Calum MacLeod

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Music tutor Calum McIntyre with some young pupils.
Music tutor Calum McIntyre with some young pupils.

Musicians and groups who work with young people will have a chance to share their experiences and make music as the country begins moving back towards live performance.

The Highland Youth Music Forum is inviting individuals and organisations who provide music making opportunities for young people from birth up to the age of 25 to take part in a free two- day online training event on Friday March 26 and Saturday 27.

Following on from their highly successful Youth Music Symposium held in Inverness in 2018, the Get Connected event, will offer professionals the opportunity to develop new and existing skills through participating in a range of active workshops, keynote presentations and networking opportunities.

Six young people who are currently involved in a range of youth music opportunities across the Highlands will also perform over the two-day event.

Fèis Rois education manager, Rachael Duff said: “We had hoped to make our 2018 Youth Music Symposium a biennial event, but this has not been possible due to the pandemic.

"However, musicians, groups and organisations have done an immense job of reimagining and redesigning youth music projects and music lessons for online delivery in Highland and we can’t wait to get people from all genres together to share and learn from each other.”

Get Connected will offer delegates the chance to take part in workshops from High Life Highland, Fèis Rois, Hear My Music, Inspire-works and the Traditional Music Forum.

The keynote speakers are Morag Macdonald, youth music initiative manager at Creative Scotland and Dr David Farmer, who will offer a quirky exploration of music and science.

The conference will run from 10am to 2.30pm on both Friday and Saturday of next weekend. More information can be found on the Highland Youth Music Forum website https://highlandyouthmusic.org.uk/ and bookings can be made via Eventbrite

The Highland Youth Music Forum is managed by Fèis Rois, in partnership with High Life Highland and is funded by Creative Scotland.

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