Highland Young Musicians activities provide fantastic opportunities to progress from the many school, area and independent groups which exist throughout the region. Members come from all over Highland.
There are 8 groups:
Highland Regional Youth Orchestra; Highland Schools Wind Band; Còisir G; Highland Youth Choir; Highland Youth String Orchestra; Highland Youth Big Band; ‘snas (ceilidh band); Highland Pulse (pipe band drummers)
The groups are an ideal opportunity for members to make friends beyond their local areas and be a part of musical experiences of the highest standards. Members tell us that HYM groups mean…welcoming community; family; band-ter! and give a sense of purpose.
More information about all the groups and the annual calendar can be found at: www.highland-young-musicians.com
Membership for all groups is by invitation after attending the annual Workshops Day – Saturday 25th August 2018 – held in Inverness at Millburn Academy from 10.30am – 4.30pm.
Highland Young Musicians meet for intensive rehearsal days rather than weekly practices. In 2018/19 all groups will rehearse in Inverness on:
6 Oct & 17 Nov 2018, then 2 Feb & 2 Mar 2019 (all 10.30am-5pm) with the amazing Concerts Festival (Macdonald Aviemore Resort) 30 Mar 2019 (including overnight on 29th).
All we ask is that members make a full commitment to these dates.
All players / singers should be approaching or above Grade 4 AB/Trinity standard at the time of application, or should have suitable experience. Applicants who are working towards the appropriate standards and aim to achieve this by September of the application year are more than welcome to apply.
Where there are too many applicants for any particular instrument/group, priority may be given to players who have shown commitment and gained experience in a school or Area group run by High Life Highland Music Instructors. If you can’t access such a group in your home area, then HYM is the ideal chance to get that experience and make the most of your musical skills.
There are two levels of membership:
SILVER: £240 – 1 x£240 or 4 x£60 This includes 4 x Saturday rehearsals + Concert Festival (including supervised Aviemore Resort b&b accommodation – recommended)
BRONZE: £200 – 1 x £200 or 4 x £50 This includes 4 x Saturday rehearsals + Concert Festival (no accommodation)
(Successful members from outlying areas are welcome to make their own accommodation arrangements with family/friends if appropriate).
HYM groups are all about inclusion and although we must ensure that membership charges cover the actual running costs of the years activities, we try our hardest to keep these costs as reasonable as possible, and instalment payments are in place if necessary. The costs involved reflect excellent value for money given the amount of music activity time and the standards of performance experiences achieved. HYM groups are great experiences in their own right, but can also provide a valuable stepping stone to national music groups for those who want to progress to that level.
We provide free transport to and from rehearsal days from Wick/Thurso (collecting at various places en-route south); Fort William; Skye & Plockton; Kingussie & Grantown; Ullapool – although this sometimes has to change depending on the numbers of members from each area.
Places are available in all Highland Young Musicians groups, and full details can be obtained from High Life Highland Instrumental Instructors; secondary school Music Departments or by contacting the Music Development Officer at: [email protected]
Applications are particularly welcome from singers (Highland Youth Choir and Còisir G) and bass/guitar/vocalists for HYBB. Members do not HAVE to be receiving lessons from High Life Highland to be able to apply and participate – all young musicians welcome!
Check Facebook (Highland Young Musicians) for updates and information.