Music students tour the Highlands

Forty-two of Edinburgh College’s music students and five staff members embarked on a five-day, four-concert tour of the Highlands of Scotland.

The classical and folk music tour included three public concerts – at Kingussie Parish Church, St Margaret’s Church in Aberlour and Crown Church in Inverness, and a joint concert with pupils from Inverness Royal Academy.

Audiences were treated to music from students across several year groups and ensembles. Comprising the college orchestra, college choir, chamber choir, string ensemble, saxophone ensemble, traditional music band, flute quartet and brass ensemble.

Students and staff delivered a programme showcasing work developed over the course of the academic year, drawn from many different genres and periods including sixteenth-century dances, music for television and film, traditional Scottish songs and instrumentals, contemporary American concert music, nineteenth-century theatre music, show songs and more.

The tour was part-funded by Edinburgh College Development Trust, an independent charity which supports Edinburgh College students by providing enhanced opportunities and experiences through partnership working and provision of funding.

Money raised through ticket sales was divided between the college, to cover further costs of the tour, and the host venues.

Angus Findlay of St Margaret’s Church said: “What an evening! We’d like to thank the staff and students from Edinburgh College for putting on a wonderful show for us. You’ve helped us to raise money for the church which will hopefully go towards a new heating system that we’ve been promising ourselves for years.”

During the tour, students and staff also spent a day running workshops and rehearsals with school pupils at Inverness Royal Academy, culminating in a joint concert.

Edinburgh College curriculum leader for Music Laurie Crump said: “We had a fantastic time sharing our musical knowledge with pupils of Inverness Royal Academy and hopefully inspired them to consider studying music in the future. The whole tour was a great success. Students relished the opportunity to perform to new audiences across the Highlands and received high praise from those who attended.”

The tour provided students with an opportunity to gain experience in performing to unfamiliar audiences and provided insight into being a working musician.

Music BMus (Hons) student Amy Osborn said: “I really don’t think I could have asked for a better way to see out my final week as an Edinburgh College student. This year’s tour has been an absolutely fantastic experience. I am super proud of everyone for the performances we gave.”