LOCAL EDUCATION AUTHORITY MUSIC
Highland Council Education Service has the awesome logistical
problem of providing a music service to an area 20% larger than the
whole of Wales with only 7% of the population. Yet this education service
provides a wide range of musical opportunities for its pupils and students.
A major feature of the year was the establishment of a Centre of Excellence
for Scottish traditional music which will recruit students from all
over Scotland. Other highlights included:
· workshops and performances by an a cappella group from Zimbabwe
and by groups drawn from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
· performance and outreach work by the full Scottish Chamber
Orchestra, for secondary schools (with taster sessions in primaries)
also applaud, not least because it provides an excellent basis for the
dissemination of live music, a comprehensive training and support programme
to meet the needs of community radio groups and their volunteers throughout
the Highlands and Islands. This is an inclusive programme covering people
from across the generations. Scottish vocational qualifications in radio
production are targeted at the unemployed or disadvantaged. As a result
of this programme, many of the community radio groups have developed
from part-time community initiatives into full-time broadcasting organisations,
creating both employment opportunities and improved access to music.
The Education Service also supported a full range of orchestras, ensembles,
bands and groups across most genres during the year.