Bur­sary opens up ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for two as­pir­ing mu­si­cians

The Oban Times - - News -

AN EX­CIT­ING op­por­tu­nity for two as­pir­ing mu­si­cians to ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing and play­ing in an en­sem­ble is up for grabs.

The fifth an­nual Rick Tay­lor En­sem­ble Week takes place in Broad­ford, Skye, in April. The bur­sary, set up in mem­ory of lo­cal man Paddy Bon­net, is de­signed to help peo­ple with lim­ited fi­nances and is open to all age groups.

Event or­gan­iser Pam Allan said: ‘Two years ago one of our par­tic­i­pants, Paddy Bon­net, sadly passed away hav­ing played in pub­lic for the first time aged 76. We were de­lighted to be told he had left funds to fi­nan­cially as­sist a player who has dif­fi­culty in af­ford­ing the full fee to par­tic­i­pate in the week.

‘This year, we are cel­e­brat­ing half a decade and are thrilled to be able to of­fer fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to two peo­ple.’

The event, from Mon­day April 17 to Fri­day April 21, is open to any­one of any dis­ci­pline and mu­si­cal abil­ity who wants to play in an en­sem­ble.

The week in­cludes pro­fes­sional guest mu­si­cians and tu­tors who will be shar­ing their ex­per­tise as well as singing, led by choir­mas­ter Laura Tay­lor, and drum­ming work­shops. A con­cert, bring­ing to­gether the en­tire en­sem­ble, will take place on the fi­nal evening.

Lead­ing the event is mu­si­cian, com­poser and pro­ducer Rick Tay­lor, a jazz trom­bon­ist who has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence on the UK mu­sic scene.

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