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‘Beating Retreat’ is set to be a multi-sensory marvel at Inverness Leisure this weekend

High Life Highland’s ‘Highland Young Musicians’ will be performing a spectacular ‘Beating Retreat’ at Inverness Leisure on Sunday 4th June, with doors opening at 3pm sharp.

‘Beating Retreat’ is an iconic military parade dating back to the 1690s. The beating of the drum was originally used to order troops to break off fighting and withdraw, but it later signified the closing of camp gates and calling troops back to base.

These days, it is strictly ceremonial, but remains a popular element of events such as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and The Monarch’s official birthday celebrations.

Norman Bolton, Head of Music Development for High Life Highland, said: “This is an extension of last year’s successful inaugural event, offering pipers and drummers from across the Highlands a fun opportunity to play together in a format they otherwise wouldn’t have access to in their local areas.

“Our instructors and bands have been rehearsing independently, and will gather on the morning of the event to complete the final parts of what promises to be a programme not to miss – it will be like a miniature Inverness Tattoo!”

In addition to pipers and drummers, members of Lochaber High School Senior Wind Band, East Highland Concert Band, and Inverness Schools Wind Band, High Life Highland’s regional ceilidh band, ’Snas, will also perform.

Dancers coached by Cheryl Heggie will add finishing touches to the spectacle in the Main Hall from 3:30pm onwards, creating a multi-sensory experience you simply do not want to miss.

Norman continued: “The concert will include separate and joint performances from all the groups involved, closing with Steve Walsh, CEO of High Life Highland, taking the salute at the end.”

Tickets are available to buy at the door on the day, so please ensure to bring the correct change with you as it will be a cash-only event: under 18 tickets are £5, over 18 tickets are £10. Alternatively, tickets can be pre-booked online by heading to: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/highlandyoungmusicians/921778

Donations are welcomed both online and at the event, with all donations going directly into funding more Highland Young Musician opportunities like this one.