Published: 15/03/2018 19:00 - Updated: 14/03/2018 09:00

Music festival talent on song

Written byHector MacKenzie


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Dingwall pupil Hamish Drennan won the Curtis Craig Memorial Quaich for piping.

TALENTED musicians from Ross-shire again made their mark at the Inverness Music Festival as the curtain on another year’s competitions came down last week.

Organisers have now turned their attention to next year’s event after hundreds of performers showcased their talents over 10 days across a wide range of classes from stringed instruments to dancing.

Festival chairman Jean Slater said the standard of entries had been "fantastic".

She is inviting feedback on how the festival can be improved and broadened out for next year. She said: "I would be interested to hear from members of the public who attended, or people who have participated, so we can discuss their comments and start to look ahead to next year," she said.

"We will look at the festival as a whole and see if we can make it more up to date."

Although the overall number of entries was down this year, there were increases in some classes including Gaelic and Scottish idiom.

Ms Slater outlined the importance of the event in providing a platform for performers – especially younger ones.

"When you look back over the years, some of the youngsters who have been in the festival are now doing amazing things in the world of music," she said.

The organisers are also keen to hear from would-be volunteers to help out in various roles to ensure the smooth running of the festival. About 30 are needed each day.

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