North Highland Connections - July
28th June 2013
The busy and varied events programme of North Highland Connections continues in July, with two residential activities which include opportunity for local involvement.
The second Creative Music Week for young composers will take place at Ham House, Caithness, from 8th to 14th July. Again it will be led by two of Scotland's leading composers, David Horne and Stuart MacRae. The first Creative Music Week in 2012 was so successful that there was an immediate request that NHC repeat it. Seven young composers have come through the audition process and will work alongside a hand-picked instrumental ensemble drawn from the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland's 'NYOS Futures' players. The whole week is under the general direction of the distinguished conductor, Nicholas Cleobury. On Saturday, 13th July, there will be a public concert in the West Church, Thurso, at 7:30pm. The programme will include music created by the young composers, as well published works by Horne and MacRae.
The week of 8th July will be a rather crowded one for NHC staff, since at the same time as the Creative Music Week at Ham, there will be another residency by students and staff of The Prince's Drawing School based on North Lands Creative Glass centre in Lybster. That residency also begins on 8th July.
The morning of Friday, 12th July will be given over to workshops for local school children, and on Saturday, 13th, local painters are invited to join the students and staff of the Drawing School for a day of painting. The work created during the week by students, children and local artists will form a public exhibition on Sunday, 14th July.
Dr Graham Elliott, Executive Director of NHC, said this week "These residencies offering opportunity and access to the local community are a key part of our strategy. We are able to offer these things through working with our various partner organizations. They form the ground on which we are building our plans for creating three iconic cultural hubs to serve the North Highland Community, giving us, at last, the resources to allow a regular and structured programme which will 'feed' the community, as well as creating world-class cultural tourism magnets for the region."
Further information on the July residencies can be obtained from NHC by e-mailing : GE[AT]northhighlandconnections.org
Fourth Annual Residency of The Prince's Drawing School at North Lands Creative Glass Centre, Lybster 8th - 15th July, 2013 Invitation to local artists to participate on Saturday, 13th July from 10:00am Childrens workshop Friday 12th July at 10:00am Artists are invited to bring materials and to join the students under the direction of their distinguished teachers. There will be an exhibition of work produced during the residency.
North Highland Connections Concert of music composed by young composers taking part in the second annual Creative Music Week, 8th - 13th July. The concert will include works by the resident tutors, David Horne and Stuart MacRae, performed by a chamber ensemble drawn from the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, directed by Nicholas Cleobury.
Following the brilliant performance by world-class clarinettist, Michael Collins, in Thurso on 1st June, North Highland Connections is following it with another concert in its Young Artistes series, featuring up and coming young professionals. The concert, on 15th June, will be in the Drawing Room at Dunrobin Castle.
Monday, 8 July to Monday, 15 July Prince's Drawing School Annual Residency July 8th to 15th at the North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster The Prince's Drawing School Annual Residency The programme will include master classes for local artists, and daily activities for children. Public exhibition of work produced during the week.
Saturday 15th June - 7.30pm Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland North Highland Connections presents - The Sutherland Duo; Harriet Mackenzie (violin) & Christina Lawrie (piano) Winners of the 2010-12 Enterprise Music Scotland Award 2010 - 2012, the Sutherland Duo are an eclectic and energetic duo. Their repertoire spans more than 300 years of western classical music, ranging from the elegance of the French Baroque, the searing emotional intensity of Brahms, and the wild gypsy rhythms of Sarasate, to the exciting music of our times.
North Highland Connections announces a concert to be given in the West Church, Thurso, on Saturday, 1st June, by one of the world's leading clarinet virtuosi, Michael Collins. He will be accompanied by the pianist, Michael McHale.
16 November, 2012 at St Duthus Collegiate Church, Tain at 7:30pm To book, call 0752 107 7053 "Eight Songs will blow you away." - Sunday HeraldHebrides Ensemble are bringing a rare production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' 1969 music-theatre masterpiece to Tain! This extraordinary piece, which hasn't been performed in Scotland for almost ten years, is regarded as one of the composer's seminal works. It's an extravagant, disturbing and occasionally very funny depiction of the madness of King George III.
At short notice North Highland Connections has an opportunity to promote a concert by three performers from the Awards for Young Musicians Trust. They will give a concert in the splendid Village Hall at Mey (opposite the castle), in Caithness, on Sunday, 28th October, at 7:30pm.
North Highland Connections is presenting another of its events in the inspiring setting of the historic St Duthus Collegiate Church in Tain, Ross-shire. The concert, by the Canadian group 'Tiller's Folly', will take place on Tuesday, 31st July, at 7:30pm.
Since its launch in August, 2008, North Highland Connections has presented more that 130 different cultural and educational events in 37 venues across the North Highlands. Beginning on 9th July 2012 it will present another ground-breaking venture.
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