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Join Highland Young Musicians


APPLICATION FORMS for 2016/17 HYM GROUPS NOW AVAILABLE: email – hym@highland.gov.uk before 18th April to apply.

SO…what DOES Highland Young Musicians mean to members…

A good weekend playing PROPER music with PROPER musicans

Band-ter!            welcoming community             teamwerq lol

HYM makes me feel like I can take over the world and fulfil my dreams

family               feelin’ the groove

HYM gives me a purpose in life

Highland Young Musicians

Highland Young Musicians represents and promotes EIGHT Regional Music Groups which are run as an extension to the work of the Instrumental Tuition Service in the Highland Council area. Membership for all the groups is by audition / invitation after an annual Audition Day and members are drawn from all areas of Highland.

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 Pipe Band (HYPB)

Highland Youth Big Band (HYBB)

Highland Youth Choir (HYC)

These groups provide an ideal extension to the many school and area groups which already exist. They are an ideal opportunity for members to make friends amongst many of the 3000 Highland pupils who receive tuition in Highland’s schools whilst promoting a high standard of musicianship. Many Highland Young Musician members are also members of national instrumental & vocal ensembles.

Due to the nature of Highland geography, the groups meet for intensive rehearsal weekends rather than weekly practices. There are normally two rehearsal weekends before December each year then a third which involves a performance. This pattern is repeated between January and April. Performances are given in a variety of Highland venues and are widely advertised.

There is also a history of groups performing in other areas of Scotland, and abroad.  The Groups are sometimes available for corporate and charity events although this depends on costs and logistics – enquiries can be made to Norman Bolton.

All the groups are grateful for the continued support of The Friends of Highland Young Musicians. This group of supportive parents provide practical assistance at Concerts when required and continue to seek much-needed sources of finance for the replacement of instruments, equipment and the subsidy of a number of the Highland Young Musician activities.

Have a look at the Highland Young Musicians website for more details of what the different groups do HERE

More details of any of the groups, or more information about performances can be obtained from Norman Bolton, Highland Council’s Music Development Officer on 01349 868572 or at: norman.bolton@highland.gov.uk


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