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Scottish Youth Theatre: Easter Holiday Courses

February 27, 2014

ScottishYouthTheatreLOGOThe Scottish Youth Theatre are offering Easter holiday courses for 8—11 year olds and 12—16 year olds this April, offering young people the chance to gain experience and skills in musical theatre.

The courses are split into two categories by age group, with 8—11 year olds being offered a Musical Theatre Course Monday 7—Saturday 12 April 2014 and 12—16 year olds being offered a Theatre Toolbox course Monday 14—Friday 18 April 2014.

The Musical Theatre course (ages 8—11) will give aspiring young people the chance to act, sing and dance, all working towards a brand new musical performance at the . This newly created musical will be performed at the end of the week-long course at the Scottish Youth Theatre.

The Theatre Toolbox course (ages 12-16) offers a series of diverse workshops for beginners in Stage Makeup and Special Effects, Act! Sing! Dance!, Make ‘Em Laugh, Acting for camera, Script In Hand and more. Participants can sign up for the whole week or just the workshops that interest them specifically.

For further information, follow the links above or contact the SYT at or on 0141 552 3988.

Youth Music Theatre UK: Auditions

February 14, 2014

YMT logoYouth Music Theatre UK, the UK’s national music theatre company for young people aged 11—21, are hosting auditions in Scotland this month providing young people the opportunity to join in with the organisation and it’s upcoming new projects.

The YMT work to provide high quality training for gifted young musicians, singers, actors, dancers and more, giving these talented young people the chance to gain experience and develop their skills further by working with leading industry professionals.

Over February, the organisation are visiting Scotland to host auditions in a search for a new group of talented young people to work with in their new productions for 2014.

Dates and venues are as follows:

To find out more and get involved, you can visit:

Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2014: Applications Open!

December 13, 2013


The Scottish Jazz Federation has launched it’s highly successful Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition for another year, once again shining a well-deserved spotlight on the country’s incredible youth music talents.

Running since 2005, the competition and prestigious award has grown from strength to strength in the jazz world and wider music industry, with winners and nominees going on to excel greatly in their young careers.

The competition itself also presents valuable challenges and opportunities for it’s talented young entrants, participating in workshops, auditions, mentoring sessions and competitive performances at established venues with large audiences across the country.

All entries for the initial audio panel must be received by February 28 2014 at 5PM.

For further information on how to apply, visit – or contact email or call the office on 01368 866895.

You can also download the application form for Young Scottish Jazz Musician 2014 by visiting the SJF Issuu profile.

Drum Circle Facilitation Training

September 11, 2013


Led by Arthur Hull, the foremost innovator of empowering community drum circle practice, this training offers beginning and advanced drum circle facilitators the skills to lead Rhythm-Based events for groups of all sizes and backgrounds.

Drum Circle Facilitation training intensive takes place at Wiston Lodge, Lanarkshire, between Monday 28 October—Sunday 3 November 2013.

During this week-long intensive participants will receive 50 hours of training in drum circle facilitation. Facilitators gain extensive practice in the techniques required to lead a drum circle or rhythm event for a variety of populations and group sizes of any size. The program format will include group instruction and discussions combined with small group break-out exercises using movement, voice, musical instruments, and improvisational rhythm games.

For further information on course content, arrangements and to register for a place, you should visit:

NYOS 2014 Applications Open!

August 21, 2013


The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland has been working to provide young people aged 8—25 with opportunities in gaining experience, training, performance and all other aspects involved in being part of one of eight orchestral jazz and classical ensembles.

The organisation are now welcoming applications to be part of their 2014 orchestras.

This year, all auditions are to be held throughout October, November and December in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Orkney, Perth, Shetland and Birmingham, subject to demand. Applications are open to young people born or living in Scotland. The closing date for applications is Friday 20 September 2013.

To see the information and download the application form, you can visit the NYOS website:

Feis Rois National Ceilidh Trail 2013

August 15, 2013


This Thursday 15 August sees the Feis Rois National Ceilidh Trail appearing as part of the Saint Andrew’s in the Square programme of events to host a Ceilidh and live concert. This Feis Rois tour works to provide young musicians aged between 16—25 with an opportunity to develop their performance skills and gain hands-on experience as a touring musician.

The group of talented young musicians performing live are Amy Henderson, age 22, from Kiltarlity on accordion and voice, Annie Lennox, age 16, from Aberdeenshire on fiddle and voice, Christian Gamauf, age 20, from Western Isles on pipes, Ross Hull, age 16, from Aberdeenshire on fiddle and Megan Mackay, age 19, from Tain on guitar.

Thursday 15 August 2013 – 7.30pm – St Andrew’s Square.

Tickets are £7/5 and are available by visiting –

For further information, visit – and

Platform Performance – Vacancies

August 7, 2013


Platform’s programme of drama classes, ‘Platform Performance’ is designed for anyone who is interested in participating in the performing arts, experienced or inexperienced. The organisation are currently recruiting exciting and dynamic individuals to join their team of inspiring practitioners and lead on informative classes and workshops for young people.

There are two individual groups for young people that the organisation are currently seeking artists to work with…

Lab Station
These workshops are designed to bring a fresh creative focus from term to term, keeping the classes exciting, lively and the participants engaged and inspired. Through creative processes and performance opportunities, the Lab Station workshops allow participants to develop confidence in their skills through performance opportunities provided and the creative processes involved. This weekly workshop is for young people aged 12—18 and takes place Monday evenings between 7.30—9pm.

Play Station
These workshops are designed to to inspire participants to spend an hour exploring their imaginations and the world around them through play, with the group dynamic always to suit the development and engagement of participants. This weekly drop-in workshop is designed for 5—7 year olds and takes place between 11am—12pm every Saturday.

Closing date for applications is Friday 16 August 2013. All applicants for the roles must be self-employed and will be subject to PVG screening.

To apply to work with the Lab or Play Station workshop groups, you should send a CV and covering letter to Platform’s Performance Programmer, Matt Addicott via email:

For further information, you should visit:

Song Leaders Training for Beginners

February 13, 2013

Scotland Sings 2012Scotland Sings is offering another great opportunity to get involved with in their new ‘Song Leaders Training for Beginners‘ course.

The course is aimed at beginners and new singing group / choir leaders, covering lots of aspects such as warm ups, group management, easy songs for harmony singing; marketing and business skills and much more. The course will focus less on written music and instead focus will be on teaching and learning.

All participants are to receive a free teaching pack full of useful information on running workshops, choirs and groups. To find out more and book your tickets, you can visit –

Scotland Sings 2012

September 28, 2012

Scotland Sings 2012Hands Up for Trad have just started up their brand new project, Scotland Sings. This innovative new project has been designed to encourage people to come together and sing with events taking place all over the country as part of St.Andrew’s Day celebrations. The organisation are co-ordinating singing projects across Scotland with mass participation, inspiring new participants to get involved in the already existing choirs in their communities and also providing support for new choirs to start up.

The first Scotland Sings event takes place between Friday 30 November – Sunday 2 December 2012 and will be run nationally, hoping to involve as many communities, choirs and singers in Scotland as possible.

To find out more on how to get involved in this year’s project visit –

If you are interested in taking part, you can contact Scotland Sings on –

Young Scottish Jazz Musician 2012 – Semi Finalists Announced

May 28, 2012

ScottishJazzFederationThe very best in musical talents are preparing to compete in the semi-final of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on Sunday 17 June at 3pm.

The Ten Semi Finalists:

Liam Shortall – Trombone, Dumfries

Brodie Jarvie – Double Bass, Glasgow

Helena Kay – Alto Sax, Perth

Norman Wilmore – Alto Sax, Shetland

Mairi Chambeul – Clarsach, Kyle of Lochalsh

David Swan – Piano, Glasgow

Corrie Dick – Drums, Glasgow

Christopher Stylianides – Trumpet, South Lanarkshire

Ross Hodgkinson – Drums, Stonehaven

Peter Johnstone – Piano, Milngavie

This, the 6th year of the competition, is organised by the Scottish Jazz Federation and has been made possible through investment and sponsorship from Creative Scotland, Aberdeen International Youth Festival and Shell. The eventual winner will receive a cash prize plus support for study or a project of their choice donated by Shell, as well as much soght after appearances at Glasgow and London jazz festivals. The final will also be recorded live for BBC Radio Scotland’s Jazz House programme (92-95FM and on Digital).

Tickets for the semi-final are available now, priced £7 (concessions £5 – entry is free for under 16’s), from or from the Queen’s Hall box office on 0131 668 2019.

For further information, please contact the Scottish Jazz Federation at or call 01368 866895. Visit the Scottish Jazz Federation website at to keep up to date on events throughout Scotland or join them on Facebook and Twitter.

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