Music students from around Scotland for a weeklong celebration of music

UHI Outer Hebrides welcome students from around Scotland for a weeklong celebration of music

Students from the award-winning BA (Hons) Applied Music are gathering for the first time since the pandemic to celebrate their music at An Lanntair and the UHI Outer Hebrides Stornoway campus – culminating with a live music showcase on 21 April.The Outer Hebrides are renowned all over the world for their unique culture and landscape and it is wonderful to celebrate this event in Stornoway.

This will be the first time these UHI students have assembled since the start of the pandemic, and they have much to celebrate and share.  This residency is particularly important for our honours students, who each perform their own final concert – bringing with them other collaborators and musicians from their own communities across Scotland. 

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Applied Music Anna-Wendy Stevenson said: “The Outer Hebrides are renowned all over the world for their unique culture and landscape and it is wonderful to celebrate this event in Stornoway.  This week will be very much a festival of music making and celebration of community in all its forms – musical, learning, place-based.  I am very excited to introduce these talented musicians to the island, to new audiences and to the professional and inspirational arts environment of An Lanntair.”

Piper Conner Pratt will be bringing a band of 10 musicians and pipers eight of whom are drawn from his work with the ‘Piper’s Trail’ – the house band from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  Conner’s band will include BA Applied Music Alumnus Margaret Robertson MBE.

Conner was finalist in the national Helping it Happen Awards 2020 after performing more than 150 times for residents at local care homes during the coronavirus pandemic. He also played the pipes on his street every Thursday to support the NHS. Conner is representative of the commitment and entrepreneurial approaches demonstrated by our students -others are making the journey from Shetland, Ireland, Glasgow, Orkney, Dumfries, Inverness. 

2020 graduate Chloe Steele, who was raised in Uist, is the first islander, to complete the full journey through to honours on the course.  An Lanntair has chosen to highlight Chloe’s achievement with a dedicated concert ‘Chloe Steele and Friends’ on Wednesday 20th April 8pm.

Highlighting the best from all the performances during the week, the Music showcase concert on Thursday 21 at 7.30pm features a range of genres – singer-songwriter, traditional, rock, classical and will include a performance of the Community Land Scotland Commission ‘Land of Our Kin’ – composed to celebrate 10 years of the organisation.

There are a series of events and workshops open to UHI staff, students and the public. Keep an eye out for more details on UHI Outer Hebrides’ social media throughout the week.

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For more information, contact kathryn.lamontsmith@uhi.ac.uk

Visit: outerhebrides.uhi.ac.uk

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