Music students from the Lews Castle College UHI courses based in Benbecula came together in Stornoway on Thursday and Friday last week to graduate in Stornoway.   

The photograph taken outside An Lanntair arts centre shows most of the Applied music students and one of the new Masters students who attended the graduation ceremony in Martin’s Memorial Church on Friday afternoon (August 23rd). 

The students came from Inverness, Shetland, Orkney, Glasgow, Uist, Lairg, Kingussie, and Stornoway itself all to graduate together in a place they call ‘home from home’ – a feeling nurtured during the residencies which take place in several locations throughout the year.

The final residency of each academic year takes place in Stornoway at An Lanntair, Lews Castle College and other workshop venues in the town.  This annual April residency has developed into an annual music mini-festival with a week of top performances and workshops. 

Organisers say: “Look out for some exciting developments – next year’s dates: 20-24th April – to include more performances and workshops open to the public.” 

Left to right, Nicky Murray, Megan MacDonald, Roisin King (lecturer), Simon Bradley (Programme Leader MA Music and the Environment), Anna-Wendy Stevenson (Programme Leader BA Applied Music), James Grieve, Hamish Hepburn, Suzanne Briggs, Alessa Catterall (MA Music and the Environment), Loriana Pauli, Ross Lynch