Big band op­por­tu­nity for young Strath mu­si­cians

Strathearn Herald - - THE WEEKEND TICKET -

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.

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. 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.

Horsecross Arts mu­sic fa­cil­i­ta­tor, Joanne Greer, said: “This is an

Mu­sic lovers The young band will get ex­pert tu­ition

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