Chance for young mu­sic com­posers

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View - Courier reporter

Bud­ding West Loth­ian com­posers are in­vited to en­ter a mu­sic con­test.

An or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­motes tra­di­tional arts across Scot­land has teamed up with Thorn­tons In­vest­ments to pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for a young mu­si­cian to com­pose new mu­sic to be per­formed at this year’s Blas Fes­ti­val which cel­e­brates the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018.

Fèisean nan Gàid­heal sup­ports 47 lo­cal Fèisean across Scot­land which, col­lec­tively, of­fer tuition in tra­di­tional mu­sic and Gaelic song to over 6000 young peo­ple an­nu­ally.

Last year, Fèisean nan Gàid­heal won the‘Gaelic as an Eco­nomic As­set’ cat­e­gory at the Daily Record/Bòrd na Gàidhlig Gaelic Awards, a prize spon­sored by Thorn­tons In­vest­ments.

Fèisean nan Gàid­heal also runs the an­nual Blas Fes­ti­val in part­ner­ship with The High­land Coun­cil.

Its chief ex­ec­u­tive, Arthur Cor­mack, said: “Work­ing to­gether, we are de­lighted to of­fer a new com­mis­sion for a young mu­si­cian which will guar­an­tee per­for­mances of the new mu­sic at Blas, as well as the op­por­tu­nity to record the work, af­ter the fes­ti­val, to bring it to a wider au­di­ence.”

Thorn­tons In­vest­ments chief ex­ec­u­tive, Stephen Web­ster, said: “Com­pe­ti­tions like this can be a use­ful step­ping stone for com­posers and our aim is that Thorn­tons In­vest­ments’con­tri­bu­tion will help push the bound­aries and boost recog­ni­tion of tal­ent in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

He added:“The Blas Fes­ti­val has al­ways in­volved young peo­ple. This year, Blas is or­gan­is­ing a num­ber of spe­cial events with fi­nan­cial sup­port from the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018 event fund, man­aged by Even­tS­cot­land, part of VisitS­cot­land’s Events Di­rec­torate.”

Fèisean nan Gàid­heal is look­ing for young mu­si­cians to put for­ward ideas and the win­ner will be se­lected by a panel which will in­clude young peo­ple. The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is 5pm on Mon­day, May 21, and fur­ther de­tails of the bid can be found on Fèisean nan Gàid­heal’s web­site.

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