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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
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.
HIGHLAND YOUNG MUSICIAN of the YEAR 2016
ANTONY HOOK, LOCHABER HIGH SCHOOL
WINNER: ANTONY HOOK
RUNNER-UP: ZOE HODI (R of pic)
MOST PROMISING TALENT: RHONA MACKINTOSH (L of pic)
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)
Photos from Saturday 12th March 2016
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)
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.
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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|