Young musicians wanted for 2018 big band sound
Young musicians from all backgrounds are being offered the chance to work with some of the best in the country and to perform in a big show at Perth Concert Hall.
Horsecross Arts is looking for strong, reasonably advanced players aged between 14 and 22-years-old to join in a Gordon Duncan Experience (GDE) project, culminating with a show on stage in Perth on March 24.
GDE is Perthshire’s young big band, set up in honour of the gifted local piper Gordon Duncan.
The project organisers are not just looking for traditional musicians - it’s open to all instruments and styles.
Those who want to take up the project don’t have to have played in any kind of band before, but there may be auditions at their discretion.
Potential new members are asked to submit up-to-date recordings with an email application.
There will be six days of weekend rehearsals over the next three months before the show itself.
Youngsters who come on board will be tutored by Steven Blake, musical director for the Gordon Duncan Experience, Hamish Napier and members of his band, including Ross Ainslie and Patsy Reid.
Napier stepped into the spotlight in 2016 with his album ‘The River’ which earned fantastic reviews and which he will perform as part of the show on March 24.
Horsecross Arts music facilitator, Joanne Greer, said: “This is an opportunity to work with some of the best musicians in the country, be part of a big ensemble, and meet like-minded young people.”
To apply email JoanneGreer@horsecross.co.uk before January 5.
Ensemble Project is open to all types of instruments and styles