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Wizard of Oz by Thurso PlayersThumbnail for article : Wizard of Oz by Thurso Players
Thurso Players presents the well known story and musical of the Wizard of Oz made famous by the film with Judy Garland as Dorothy.   The original book was called The wonderful Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum.  
Edinburgh International Film Festival Appoints Screenwriter In Residence Nicole TaylorThumbnail for article : Edinburgh International Film Festival Appoints Screenwriter In Residence Nicole Taylor
Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has today announced Glasgow-born screenwriter Nicole Taylor as the new EIFF Screenwriter-in-Residence.   The appointment will see Taylor receive a bursary of £7,500 and access to the four Edinburgh universities between now and June 2018, when the 72nd edition of the film Festival will take place.  
Ravenskald Writers WorkshopThumbnail for article : Ravenskald Writers Workshop
RAVENSKALD WRITERS' WORKSHOP Poetry - Story - Play with GEORGE GUNN 12th September 2017 - 17th April 2018 Tuesday Evenings 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm Community Room, Thurso Library, Davidson's Lane, Thurso Davidson's Lane, Thurso KW14 7AF Tel: 01847 893237 Join poet and playwright George Gunn on your personal creative journey from the poem, through the short story to the formal destination of the stage play.   In these 16 workshops we will look at how poetry generates story.  
North Lands Creative Looks to the FutureThumbnail for article : North Lands Creative Looks to the Future
Recently re-branded North Lands Creative (Formerly North Lands Creative Glass) has successfully completed a re-structuring and held an international conference ahead of an exciting new programme of activities.  Located in the delightful village of Lybster, Caithness the organisation is planning a colourful, vibrant and engaging programme of workshops, classes and exhibitions on the Lybster campus, complimented by associated events that include bite-size tours, studio talks, curator/ artist in conversation events, workshops and schools visits.  
AULD HAT NEW HEIDS AUGUST 2, 2017Thumbnail for article : AULD HAT NEW HEIDS AUGUST 2, 2017
In practically every town of any size there was a folk club packed with people enthusiastically joining in with the laughter and sing-a-long and music of the time.  These days may have passed but the songs are still there, just very few people singing them.  
LESLIE ONEILL and SUSAN DINGLE JULY 29, 2017Thumbnail for article : LESLIE ONEILL and SUSAN DINGLE JULY 29, 2017
An afternoon of recital of operatic songs and arias Baritone Leslie O'Neill will be accompanied by local musician Susan Dingle in a recital of operatic arias and songs.   Leslie O'Neill studied with Jeffrey Neilson-Taylor in Glasgow.  
HARMONY and HORSEHAIR JULY 16, 2017Thumbnail for article : HARMONY and HORSEHAIR JULY 16, 2017
An afternoon of Clarsach and Fiddle A performance by Harmony & Horsehair, local musicians George Pain (fiddle) and Susanne Lloyd-Jones (clarsach).   Susanne Lloyd-Jones studied at Trinity College, London and followed a career in teaching and examining before moving to Caithness in 2014.  
THE OUTSIDE TRACK JULY 21, 2017Thumbnail for article : THE OUTSIDE TRACK JULY 21, 2017
Scots, Irish and Cape Breton Fusion of Songs, Tunes and Stepdance A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track's marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world.  Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation.  
Society Of Caithness Artists - Handing In Day For ExhibitionThumbnail for article : Society Of Caithness Artists - Handing In Day For Exhibition
Handing in day for artists to submit up to 4 pieces of work, 50% of which must be for sale is Saturday 29th July 2017 at Thurso High School form 10am to 2pm.   £8 entry to submit.  
82nd Art Exhibition - Caithness ArtistsThumbnail for article : 82nd Art Exhibition - Caithness Artists
1st - 12th August 2017..  
A new concept for the Gathering Place Inverness begins today
The artists selected for an iconic centrepiece of River Ness Public Art Programme have been announced today, 22 June 2017, at a stakeholder event held in Eden Court.   The concept for the new "Gathering Place" feature will be developed by the artists, Sans façon and OSA, through consultation with people who know, live by and use the river in Inverness.  
Highland Wind Band debut CD recordingThumbnail for article : Highland Wind Band debut CD recording
Members and staff of Highland Youth Wind Band,(one of the eight Highland Young Musicians groups, with members from all over Highland, will be travelling to Glasgow on Sunday (25 June 2017) to embark on a 2-day professional recording of music from this year's band repertoire.   Music Development Officer for The Highland Council, Norman Bolton said: "Highland Youth Wind Band has been performing to the highest levels over the past couple of years and the opportunity to record the group before many of this years experienced and loyal senior players leave school was just too good to refuse.  
Dingwall Rock Challenge Champs Congratulated
The Dingwall and Seaforth Ward Councillors are delighted that the team from Dingwall Academy have been crowned the new Scottish Rock Challenge champions.   Four Highland teams from Thurso, Alness, Invergordon and Dingwall were among the 10 schools performing at Dundee's Caird Hall on Friday night in front of a sold-out audience of 1700.  
Independent label receives funding for digital release of first artistThumbnail for article : Independent label receives funding for digital release of first artist
Belladrum Festival record label's first signed artist will go on digital release after receiving funding from the Innovate Your Business Scheme.   Within four months, 20 year old Tamzene from Cromarty has gone from busking to showcasing in front of global music industry representatives, as well as recording and performing at festivals at home and abroad.  
Apply now for Highland Young Musicians groups
Young musicians attending Highland Schools are being invited to apply now for fantastic high quality musical experiences with the Highland Young Musicians groups in 2017/18.   Information leaflets for potential new members can be obtained by emailing  
Prima Dance is coming to CAITHNESS!!!Thumbnail for article : Prima Dance is coming to CAITHNESS!!!
Calling all freestyle enthusiasts - past, present and future! Come along to our open day to see what freestyle is all about in 2017 - you're in for a treat.   Reminisce with your old dancing pals and catch up on all the stories from your fab freestyle years.  
50 pupils attend Highland Brass Day!Thumbnail for article : 50 pupils attend Highland Brass Day!
Fifty pupils from across Highland schools attended a Brass Day held in Inverness on Wednesday 31 May, organised by Highland Council's Instrumental Tuition Service.   Those who attended were all relative beginners on their instruments and the event aimed to inspire and motivate the pupils by giving them the experience of playing in a larger group than they would ever be able to in their weekly lesson scenario.  
SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Comes to Thurso!Thumbnail for article : SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Comes to Thurso!
Come see "one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the world today" (BBC Music Magazine) in Thurso! The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) will return to Thurso High School for a wonderful evening of live music, featuring SCO Principal Clarinet Maximiliano Martín as soloist.   WHEN Friday 9 June - Thurso High School, 8pm WHAT GREIG - Holberg Suite, Op 40 CRUSELL - Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F minor LARSSON - Pastoral Suite, Op 19 SCHUBERT - Symphony No 3 in D There's a distinct Scandinavian flavour to this sunny, lyrical programme from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  
The Secret North - 22 June at Lyth Arts CentreThumbnail for article : The Secret North - 22 June at Lyth Arts Centre
Bringing together six world-class musicians from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Scandinavia in a cross-cultural celebration of new music that bridges the divide between folk, classical, traditional and avant-garde in six new compositions.   DATE: June 22, 2017.  
40 Years of Art, Music and Entertainment This year at Lyth Arts Centre we celebrate our 40th year of Art, Music and Entertainment.  We would love for you to join us for some cake and cava as we open our Summer Exhibition.