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Area: Highland

'Since its inception, Caithness.Org has grown into a massive resource for information about Caithness. With local news, geography, history and entertainment, Caithness.Org continues to provide thousands of photos from many people, events and places around the county ... Arts.Caithness.Org is similar to the business index except it's for the Arts, covering everything from Painters to Pipe Bands. Also providing Arts news on the site and by RSS newsfeed.'

* Arts.Caithness.Org
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‘Devised by The Highland Council in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the Promoters Arts Network ... The BLAS Festival aims to play a role in celebrating the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland. BLAS will do this in part by creating the opportunities for young musicians to play and learn with leading artists in traditional music and Gaelic. BLAS will also widen the opportunities for communities to experience and enjoy live music and Gaelic performances which support their culture.’ Held Mid September at a wide range of venues across Highland.

Category Folk Festivals
* BLAS Festival
Also indexedFèisean nan Gàidheal
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)122

'With support from Highlands & Islands Enterprise, a consortium of organisations has come together to create new projects and raise the profile of the arts and cultural activity in Ullapool in the North West Highlands. An Talla Solais, Fèis Rois, The Macphail Centre, Ullapool Book Festival and Ullapool Museum will work under the banner of Creative Ullapool from July 2014 onwards. The five key partners will also work closely with other artists and other organisations in the village.' ALERT Unable to raise Website at Review; linked to Facebook Page instead.

* Creative Ullapool
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)249

‘A non profit making charitable organisation, promoting a diverse range of arts activity- visual, musical and cultural on the Black Isle. We have a beautifully restored venue - the Stables - where we host performances, exhibitions, craft fairs, ceilidhs, theatre productions and films. It's a terrific place for a wedding too!’

* Cromarty Arts Trust
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)174

'A 2-day residential harp village in the beautiful seaside town of Cromarty on the Black Isle. The Harp Village will include a Saturday evening all-inclusive session in the Loft Studio of the Old Brewery - a great space for a session and wonderful acoustics. There are workshops all day Saturday and Sunday for recent beginner/elementary and intermediate/advanced ability levels. Other abilities can be provided for.' Held Mid September.

* Cromarty Harp Village
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)215
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* Dingwall Accordion and Fiddle Club
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)535
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‘Taking place in venues mostly in the Sleat peninsula at the southern end of  the Island, the Skye Festival or ‘Fèis an Eilein’ is a celebration of island culture and performing arts with a strong focus on Scottish traditional music, all spiced up with Jazz, Theatre, and lots, lots more. Organised by SEALL, the festival hosts around 30 top quality events in music and innovative theatre, with a community-led fringe programme of house concerts, charity cafés, environmental days, food and drink, art exhibitions and ceilidhs.’ Held July - August.

Category Arts Festivals
* Fèis an Eilein
Also indexedSkye Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)137
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‘Based in Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness, Fèis Gleann Albainn provides opportunity for individuals to come together to develop skills in song, dance, traditional music on a wide range of instruments and Gaelic language. Tuition is accessible and fun, but professional and effective. We run two events in the year, a week long Junior Fèis for young people and an extended weekend Fèis for adults.’

* Fèis Gleann Albainn
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)119

Fèis Rois enables people of all ages to access, participate in and enjoy the traditional arts and Gaelic language through a diverse programme of activities in Ross & Cromarty, across Scotland and beyond. Based in Dingwall, Fèis Rois is widely recognised as a national leader in the arts, particularly in music education. The organisation aims to give young people and lifelong learners the opportunity to experience and engage with traditional music and Gaelic culture in a way that supports them in developing their social skills and inspires them to reach their full potential.’

* Fèis Rois
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)38
* Fort William Accordion and Fiddle Club
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)420
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‘One-stop-shop for music by and for young people in the Highlands ... See everything that's happening, go to What’s On for workshops, live music and festivals, or Opportunities for funding, jobs and CPD ... Planning, or know of an event or opportunity you think young musicians in the Highlands would benefit from or enjoy? Then Contact Us and we’ll post it ... The Highland Youth Music Forum brings together organisations and individuals who provide opportunities for young people (aged 0 – 25) to participate in music making activities across the Highlands. The Forum aims to strengthen links between the formal and informal music sectors, creating a dynamic Highland wide music partnership.’

* Highland Youth Music
Also indexedHighland Youth Music Forum
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)158

'The Inverness Music Festival and the Highlights concerts are organised and run by the Inverness Festival Association. Inverness Music Festival is a competitive music festival open to all ages and abilities. Performers are adjudicated on their performance.' Held Late February.

* Inverness Music Festival
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'All levels of player are welcome as well as listeners who just enjoy traditional accordion and fiddle music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Our audience always enjoy hearing good music. No reasonable offer to play will be turned down. It may surprise you but many of our members have never touched, let alone played an accordion or fiddle. Our Club night is a family affair, we have members from 8 to 80. All are made welcome ... The Isle of Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival is usually held annually Late May.

* Isle of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club
Also indexedIsle of Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)447
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‘Founded in 1997 by local composer and singer, Patrick Stephen-Samuels. From its outset, the Festival has sought to bring internationally-renowned musicians to the Loch Shiel area, and to engage with the local community of music lovers. Year on year, the festival grows in scope and vision and is now established as one of the UK's most unique and exciting chamber music festivals.’ Held Mid April.

* Loch Shiel Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)292

Founded in 1974: ‘The support given to the Festival by schools, teachers, competitors, parents and the general public is greatly appreciated. The committee and members would welcome added support from anyone interested in encouraging the competitors to continue developing their skills in their chosen discipline. Support can be given in many ways, especially by attending the various Festival Sessions throughout the week. Anyone interested in giving additional help should contact a member of the committee.’ Held Mid March.

* Lochaber Music Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)412

‘A local music club series in Lochaber which holds around five concerts a year between the months of October and April in venues across Fort William. Our mission is to encourage people of all ages to come and enjoy a wide range of musical talent brought to us from all areas of the UK.’

* Lochaber Music for All
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)164

‘On paper they said it wouldn’t work, a festival in late September in a remote village on the West Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest town, but that was [over] ten years ago ... “Those who’ve been rave about it.... it's a small event, but the line up overshadows that of many mainstream festivals” [Observer].’

* Loopallu
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'A voluntary, charitable organisation which is dedicated to the promotion of a programme of live classical music concerts performed by world class professional musicians. There are usually six chamber music concerts in the season and are given over the period from September to March. They are varied in nature to appeal to all audiences. All concerts are open to the public.'

Category Wick
* Music in Thurso
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)287

‘The Isle of Raasay Bass Clarinet Course has been held each April since 2009. A bassoon course has run alongside this course since 2013. Further courses for clarinet and flute are now held each October. We offer unique courses in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, set on a remote Scottish island, overlooking the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye.’

* Raasay Music Courses
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)157

SEALL is a lively arts promoter based in the Sleat peninsula in the south of Skye. Every year we bring around 80 amazing acts to the area with a mixture of well-known names and lesser known, but rising talent. From traditional and classical music, to jazz, blues, opera and folk; from contemporary dance to ballet, from ceilidhs to theatre to stand-up comedy and literature ... SEALL was established in 1991 and our name has a dual meaning: “Skye Events for All”, and “Look” or “See” in Gaelic.’ SEALL delivers the two-month-long Fèis an Eilein (The Skye Festival) in July and August each year.

* SEALL
Also indexedSkye Events for All | Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)138
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'Skye Chamber Music (formerly Skye Arts Guild) is the Isle of Skye's only established chamber music society. We offer a varied programme of six or seven live performances by highly gifted professional musicians every year. Our seasons extend from the Autumn to the following Spring. The performances range from early music to contemporary, and the performers from solo instrumentalists to small chamber orchestras and choral groups.' ALERT At Review: ‘We are currently updating our old website and will reappear soon. In the meantime, check our Facebook Page for up-to-date information about our current season.’

* Skye Chamber Music
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)202

Meets ‘First Monday of each month (Oct - May)’ at 7.30pm.

* Thurso Accordion and Fiddle Club
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)242
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'So why is the UGF so special? Perhaps it’s the mix of music old and new, of electric and acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned performers and those, like the students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, just starting out on their careers. Perhaps it’s the location on Loch Broom and the drive up through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps it’s the informal air of the whole weekend: there’s no “us and them”, no VIP area. Everyone mingles, and you’re likely to find yourself sitting beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club – or even jamming with them on one of the trade stands ...' Held Early October.

* Ullapool Guitar Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)235
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'A week-long music break for amateur chamber music players. Under the expert guidance of a team of professional tutors, you will play chamber music, in pre-determined groups, during the mornings from Sunday to Friday. The emphasis is on "organised informality" so there will be plenty of opportunity to consult the coaches on any technical or musical issues you may have.' Held Early August.

* Variations
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)277

Meets 'third Tuesday of each month (Sept - May)' at 7.30pm.

* Wick Accordion and Fiddle Club
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)391
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‘This is a chamber orchestra which welcomes anyone who can play an orchestral instrument. The membership includes musicians of all abilities from about grade 3 up to fully qualified professional musicians and the repertoire includes both light music and symphonies,’

+ Caithness Orchestra
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)460

'We are a group of secondary aged pipers and drummers from Inverness and the surrounding area. We play at various events across the City of Inverness.'

+ City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)290

'All the mystery and passion of Scotland's ancient musical heritage evoked by the voices and authentic instruments of the Highland consort, Coronach.'

+ Coronach
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)324
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‘The North’s friendly choral society! ...  Dingwall Choral endeavor to perform two concerts annually ... New members are always welcome. No auditions are required, however some choral experience is helpful.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Dingwall & District Choral Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)185
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'Was formed in 1954. Since then it has enjoyed many successes, both nationally and internationally. It participates annually in Scotland’s most prestigious Gaelic Festival, the Royal National Mòd, and has won many of the top choral awards, including the Lovat and Tullibardine shield on ten occasions.'

Category Gaelic Choirs
+ Dingwall Gaelic Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)317

‘In Scotland, brass bands can be found in almost every region and community, however it was identified that in the Highlands there was a huge gap where brass bands have either never been found, or brass music has fizzled out over time. The idea of Highland Brass was born out of discussions between Lorna Bias and Mark Bell, with the idea that a community brass band could be set up to service the Highland community. From these discussions a Brass Taster Day was organised for June 2013 ... and was a success with upwards of 30 players attending on the day. With such encouraging results a committee was formed to push the idea forward to inception.’

+ Highland Brass
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)150

’The Friends of Highland Young Musicians is a representative group of parents/carers who are able to voice opinions about Highland Young Musicians activities and plans, with a specific remit to raise funds where possible, to enhance the generous support afforded these activities by The Highland Council ... With members gaining places from all over Highland the HYM groups represent youth music making at the highest levels: Highland Regional Youth Orchestra; Highland Youth String Orchestra; 'snas; Highland Youth Wind Band; Coisir G; Highland Youth Choir; Highland Pulse.’

+ Highland Young Musicians
Also indexedFriends of Highland Young Musicians
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)149

'The largest choir in the Highlands of Scotland and draws singers from a wide area around Inverness. The Choral Society presents two main concerts every year, in Spring and Autumn.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Inverness Choral Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)313
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‘Since our inception in 1977 Inverness Fiddlers have always been part of the local scene, playing for public events and for charities, retirement homes and other good causes. We also play for concerts and ceilidhs throughout the Highlands, and have close links with other fiddle societies in Scotland.’ The Inverness Fiddlers’ Rally is an annual event usually held Mid March.

Category Inverness
+ Inverness Fiddlers’ Society
Also indexedInverness Fiddlers’ Rally
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)107

‘We are a juvenile pipe band based at Lochaber High School in Fort William. The band is a self financing group originally formed in 1970 ... We perform at Highland games, gala days, street parades and charity events in and around the Lochaber area. From mid June until the end of August, we perform on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in and around Cameron Square, Fort William.’

+ Lochaber Schools Pipe Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)139

'Amateur orchestra, the members of which come from the Isle of Skye and in Lochalsh. Thus it serves a area of about 1000 sq. miles, with a population of only 13,000 ... There are two concerts a year ... Membership of the orchestra is open to anyone who can play an orchestral instrument from grade 4 and above and new members are welcome. (Difficult parts can usually be edited to suit the player, if necessary.) ... There is also a Skye & Lochalsh Schools' Orchestra the members of which are drawn from the area's primary and secondary schools, and some of these talented young players also play in the main orchestra.'

+ Skye and Lochalsh Orchestra
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)499

‘When a few pipers and drummers from the Volunteer pipe band, later known as the Territorial Army Band, got together in 1913, Thurso Pipe Band was born ... The Band continues to flourish ... playing on Princes Street in Thurso during the summer months from June to September which proves very popular with tourists and the general public. The band also plays at galas, Highland Games and events throughout the North of Scotland while providing their services free of charge for a number of charities.’

Category Pipe Bands
+ Thurso Pipe Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)173

Founded 2006: ‘We’re a group of “lapsed” amateur musicians based around the Inverness & Moray Firth area, who enjoyed playing music earlier in life and have decided to dust off their instruments & get playing again ... Every December the TTO holds its now-legendary annual Charity Christmas concert and we’ve raised thousands of pounds for local charities ... Are you an aspiring “Terrible”?! We have lots of opportunities for keen amateur musicians. As the name suggests, our attitude to music-making is about the joy of music-making and having a great time – all you need is enthusiasm and a sense of humour! We play a wide variety of music from Disney to Dvorak and Bacharach to Beethoven’.

+ Truly Terrible Orchestra
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)38

‘Formed in January 1979 ... Based in the scenic location of Ullapool on Scotland’s West Coast, we are a community based competing Pipe Band under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Associaiton. We currently run two bands and have over 50 registered members.‘

+ Ullapool & District Junior Pipe Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)249

‘A large and friendly choral society, which sings 4 part repertoire (SATB) with piano and, sometimes, with orchestral accompaniment ... There are no auditions and everyone is welcome.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Wick Choral Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)137

'The Wick Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band was established in 1919. Its uniform represents the original colours of the Seaforth Highlanders, who later amalgamated with the Camerons ... Each year the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) stage events to mark and remember the traditions and activities of bygone days. The pipe band, as members of the Wick Royal British Legion Scotland (WRBLS) Branch, attend these events whenever possible.'

Category Pipe Bands
+ Wick RBLS Pipe Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)322

'Whether you enjoy classical music, ballet, opera or world cinema, comedy, musicals, drama or contemporary dance, without Eden Court, you probably wouldn’t get to see it here in the Highlands ... We have built up the largest arts education programme in the UK and are seen nationally as experts in the important job of developing creativity in our young people.'

@ Eden Court Inverness
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)311
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‘Set deep in the countryside, Lyth Arts Centre is housed in a beautiful old school building surrounded by trees and ancient stone walls. From the outside it still retains the character of a small Victorian village school, the former Barrock Public School, while the interior has been adapted and extended to become a multipurpose theatre venue and exhibition space. A year-round programme of Live Performances presents the best work of small-scale touring companies - often innovative and experimental. This includes drama, dance, jazz, folk, world, and new music. Most of the programme is devoted to presenting the work of professional British and international artists and performers and the centre also acts as a stepping-off point for local artistic activity. The main aim is to promote work of the highest standard.’

@ Lyth Arts Centre
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)173
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‘Provides a mid-scale performance venue capable of hosting major touring companies, music, dance performances and film shows ... We operate as a venue for your own learning requirements and can assist with a range of learning opportunities.‘

@ Macphail Centre
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)138

'A beautiful and historic venue in the unique setting of a Victorian spa village in the heart of the Highlands. Specialising in live music and entertainment, weddings, conferences plus its very own Bar & Restaurant. Come and see for yourself ...'

@ Strathpeffer Pavilion
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)323

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