More than 60 music students and staff are coming from all over the UK to participate in Lews Castle College’s Music Festival from April 22-26.
This includes eight daytime concert performances at An Lanntair Arts Centre, two evening showcase concerts and a programme of outreach work in schools in conjunction with award winning Music Education Agency, Soundstorm.
There will also be a programme of workshops and talks at Lews Castle College where the college’s branch of the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association has teamed up to co-partner events such as Step Dancing and Boogie Bounce.
Far Flung Collective Wednesday 24th April – 7.30pm: Alex Roberts and Dan Somogyi from Dorset’s Soundstorm are musicians and songwriters who have teamed up with staff and students from Lews Castle College Music department over the last six years to form the Far Flung Corners Project. The partnership has delivered workshops in song writing and creativity to over 4,000 children in England and the Uists and Barra. The project outcomes success was acknowledged in being finalists in the Herald Higher Education awards for their contribution to community.
Showcase concert: Thursday 25th April – 7.30pm: This event gives the Stornoway audience a chance to catch new musical talent as it emerges from the acclaimed BA Applied Music degree. The degree has already produced musicians and bands headlining festivals in Scotland and further afield such as Tannara, Eabhal, Hecla, Inyal, MecLir, Elephant Sessions, Tidelines. Not to be missed!
Daytime Honours Concerts Entry by donation with proceeds going to Help Musicians UK: These are incredibly exciting performances to watch – the emergence of a new professional artist with a 45 mins performance set. These are the final recitals for honours and masters students who choose to focus on performance for their major projects. Each concert has a theme and the genres range from jazz guitar to traditional flute and pipes.
Lews Castle College Principal Iain MacMillan says: ‘As the University of the Highlands and Islands we are very proud of our talented musicians and songwriters who study on a range of undergraduate and post graduate programmes.
“For several years now, as they gather in Stornoway in April they provide an exciting programme of events and showcase their excellent skills and specialisms. Stornoway really comes alive as a University Town’.
Programme Leader Anna-Wendy Stevenson says: ‘We are very much looking forward to returning to Stornoway for what will be our fourth residency in the town.
“This year will be particularly special as we welcome the wonderful musicians and educators from Dorset to work with the schools and to perform with the Far Flung Collective. The Stornoway residency has become a fixed location which we keep returning to because of the warm welcome and excellent facilities An Lanntair and Lews Castle College have to offer."
The Highlands and Islands Students’ Association at Lews Castle College UHI said it would like to take this opportunity to build on top of this amazing event and create inter-island and regional links.