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HIGHLAND YOUNG MUSICIANS groups have gone through an incredible period of growth over the past 10+ years, supported by generous subsidies from Highland Council.

We now find that with shrinking budgets, the organisation of groups activities needs to change to become self-financing and no longer reliant on subsidies at all.

In order to achieve this, and following consultation with Friends of HYM; members & staff, major changes to the current pattern of rehearsals and concerts are in place for session 2017/18:

From 2017/18, there will be 3 x Saturday HYM rehearsal days and only ONE Concerts Festival:

SAT 28 OCT 2017                               ALL GROUPS REHEARSALS (INVERNESS)                               

SAT 18 NOV 2017                              ALL GROUPS REHEARSALS (INVERNESS)                                              

SAT 10 FEB 2018                                ALL GROUPS REHEARSALS (INVERNESS)               

FRI/SAT 16-17 MAR 2018               ALL GROUPS – Concerts Festival 17TH (Saturday) –                                                                            MACDONALD AVIEMORE RESORT (residential)

Reflecting this reduced activity, membership costs will fall
We will still be able to offer transport to rehearsal days on as many routes as possible where member numbers justify this

It is hoped that we can maintain current membership numbers (around 300) and secure financial viability for HYM activities in the longer term.  Discussions during the planning of these changes suggest that we might actually attract a greater number of members due to the reduced time commitment, overall costs and attraction of the residential event in Aviemore.

APPLICATION & AUDITIONS for 2017/18 membership will also be changing:

We have developed an ONLINE application process which will be launched soon.  Existing members will be notified of this in due course, and simple information leaflets will soon be available to direct potential members to the appropriate web page.  We will also be using this online platform for acceptance of places offered and payments – so rip up those antiquated cheque books!

The AUDITION DAY will now take place on SATURDAY 26th AUGUST which means that applicants will have a lot more time to feel confident and prepared.

We are confident that these changes will allow us to maintain musical standards and lead to HYM groups going in a new direction which will allow us to offer Highland young people the best, supported and exciting musical opportunities for many years to come.







HYMotY 2016





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

(comments from HYM members 2015/16 season)



Highland Young Musicians

Highland Young Musicians represents and promotes the 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 Big Band (HYBB) 

Highland Youth Choir (HYC)

Highland Pulse (drumming group)

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 two rehearsal weekends before December each year then a third which involves a performance. This pattern is repeated between January and April. Performances are currently given in Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort (November) and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (March) 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. 

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: 




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Friends of Highland Young Musicians - Scottish Charity No. 28106 Supporting: Highland Regional Youth Orchestra; Highland Youth Big Band; Highland Schools Wind Band; Highland Youth String Orchestra; Highland Youth Pipe Band; Coisir G; Highland Youth Choir