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WONDERFUL Aviemore Concerts - well done to all groups and staff.  Link to official photos will appear here soon.






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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.




Highland Young Musician groups are now inviting applications for membership in session 2017/18.

Online applications need to be submitted by midnight 20th August 2017.


Membership for all groups is by audition/invitation after the annual Audition Day & Workshops – Saturday 26th August 2017 - held in Inverness at Millburn Academy from 10.30am – 4.30pm. 

Highland Young Musicians activities provide fantastic opportunities to progress from the many school, area and independent groups which exist throughout the region. Members come from all over Highland.

The groups are an ideal opportunity for members to make friends beyond their local areas whilst enabling musical experiences of the highest standards.  Our members tell us that HYM groups mean…welcoming community; family; band-ter!; teamwerq lol and give a sense of purpose.

In 2017/18 all groups will rehearse in Inverness on:

28 Oct 2017; 18 Nov 2017 and 10 Feb 2018 (all 10.30am-5.15pm)

with Concerts Festival (Aviemore) 16/17 Mar 2018 (including overnight).


All players / singers should be approaching or above Grade 4 AB/Trinity standard at the time of application, or should have suitable experience.  Applicants who are working towards the appropriate standards and aim to achieve this by September of the application year are more than welcome to audition.

Where there are an excessive amount of applicants for any particular instrument/group, priority may be given to players who have shown commitment and gained experience in a school or Area group run by Highland Council Music Instructors.  This will not be to the detriment of those for whom Highland geography means that such a group can’t be accessed.


Highland Young Musicians meet for intensive rehearsal days rather than weekly practices.  There are 3 Saturday rehearsals before the Concerts Festival in the Macdonald Aviemore Resort (with all members staying over).  All we ask is that members commit to the few dates on the calendar, making the most of the musical and social opportunities to extend experiences and have fun!


There are two levels of membership as follows:

SILVER: £240 – 1x£240 or 3x£80

This includes 3 x Saturday rehearsals + Concert Festival (with Aviemore Resort b&b accommodation)

BRONZE: £180 – 1x£180 or 3x£60

This includes 3 x Saturday rehearsals + Concert Festival (no accommodation)

Successful members from outlying areas are welcome to make their own accommodation arrangements with family/friends if appropriate.

HYM groups are all about inclusion and applicants should not be put off auditioning because they think they may not be able to afford the costs. Whilst we must ensure that membership charges cover the actual running costs of the years activities, there is the opportunity to apply for a small ‘hardship’ discount available to successful members after the audition process is completed. Applications can also be made to The Agar Trust www.agar-trust.org.uk


Highland Young Musicians provides free transport to and from rehearsal days from Wick/Thurso (collecting at various places en-route south); Fort William; Skye & Plockton; Kingussie & Grantown; Ullapool.  Transport provision is subject to change depending on the numbers of members from each area.

‘Silver’ members are provided with supervised accommodation at the Aviemore Concerts Festival (all members are encouraged to stay at this weekend).


Places are available in all Highland Young Musicians groups, and full details can be obtained from Highland Council Instrumental Instructors; secondary Music Departments or by contacting the Council’s Music Development Officer at: norman.bolton@highland.gov.uk

Check Facebook (Highland Young Musicians) and www.highland-young-musicians.com for updates.

Applications are particularly welcome from singers (Highland Youth Choir and Còisir G) and bass/guitar/vocalists for HYBB.

Members do not HAVE to be receiving lessons from Highland Council to be able to apply and participate – all young musicians welcome!




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.

In addition to our own Concert Festival performances, there is also a history of groups performing in other areas of Scotland, and abroad.  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: norman.bolton@highland.gov.uk 




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