HIGHLAND YOUNG MUSICIANS groups are the north of Scotlands PREMIER youth music activities, promoting excellence and access through supported music activities. They lie at the top of the ‘pyramid’ of progressive activities run by High Life Highland music staff – but are not restricted to those who get lessons through HLH Instrumental Service – anyone of the appropriate standards can apply for membership.
MEMBERSHIP & APPLICATION INFORMATION
Online applications need to be submitted by midnight 19th August 2018.
Membership for all groups is decided after the annual Workshops Day – Saturday 26th August 2018- held in Inverness at Millburn Academy. Registration from 9.30am & workshops from 10am – 4.30pm.
HYM musicians come from all over Highland and the groups are an ideal opportunity for members to make friends beyond their local areas whilst enabling musical experiences of the highest standards.
In 2018/19 all groups will rehearse in Inverness on:
6 Oct & 17 Nov 2018 then 2 Feb & 2 Mar 2019 (all 10.30am-5.15pm)
with Concerts Festival (Aviemore) 29/30 Mar 2019 (including overnight).
Applications are particularly welcome from singers (Highland Youth Choir and Còisir G) and bass/guitar/vocalists for HYBB.
There are places available in:
Highland Regional Youth Orchestra (HRYO)
‘snas (ceilidh band)
Highland Schools Wind Band (HSWB)
Còisir G (Regional Gaelic choir)
Highland Youth String Orchestra (HYSO)
Highland Youth Big Band (HYBB)
Highland Youth Choir (HYC)
Highland Pulse (drumming group)
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 audition.
Where there are an excessive amount of 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 Highland Council Music Instructors. This will not be to the detriment of those for whom Highland geography means that such a group can’t be accessed.
REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCES
Highland Young Musicians meet for intensive rehearsal days rather than weekly practices. There are 4 Saturday rehearsals before the Concerts Festival in the Macdonald Aviemore Resort (with all members staying over). All we ask is that members commit to the few dates on the calendar, making the most of the musical and social opportunities to extend experiences and have fun!
There are two levels of membership as follows:
SILVER: £240 – 1x£240 or 4x£60
This includes 4 x Saturday rehearsals + Concert Festival (with Aviemore Resort b&b accommodation)
BRONZE: £200 – 1x£200 or 4x£50
This includes 4 x Saturday rehearsals + Concert Festival (no accommodation) (most appropriate for those from around the Aviemore area)
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 applicants should not be put off considering membership because they think they may not be able to afford the costs. Please contact HLH Music Development Officer via email@example.com if this needs further discussion. Funding applications can also be made to The Agar Trust www.agar-trust.org.uk
TRANSPORT & ACCOMMODATION
Highland Young Musicians provides free transport to and from rehearsal days from Wick/Thurso (collecting at various places en-route south); Fort William; Skye & Plockton; Kingussie & Grantown; Ullapool. Transport provision is subject to change depending on the numbers of members from each area.
‘Silver’ members are provided with supervised accommodation at the Aviemore Concerts Festival (all members are encouraged to stay at this weekend).
Check Facebook (Highland Young Musicians) and
www.highland-young-musicians.com for updates.