Strathnairn Music Initiative
The Strathnairn Music Initiative has a vision to create and embed a local music hub for residents of Strathnairn.
This charity run initiative provides the community with musical opportunities where people from across ALL generations, social classes and income brackets are able to meet and play, sing, learn and enjoy music together throughout the year.
We have been operating from September 2016, bringing together residents who are experienced and/or beginner musicians, in local venues, to promote and embed a more active music community as well as preparing new generations to join in. The music initiative focuses two aspects:
1) Group Instrumental and Fun Music Sessions for the non or less experienced players
2) Open Music Sessions for players with prior music experience
Information on these sessions can be found on this website. This site also contains links to important documents such as the Strathnairn Music Initiative Handbook including information on trustees, the Charity Constitution, the music facilitators resume, copy of the newsletter articles, trustees meeting minutes, members meeting minutes.
Concert 1st April 2017
The first community concert of the Strathnairn Music Initiative was held on 1st April in Farr Hall. It was certainly an organisational feat bringing together the five busy tutors and their learners in different musical disciplines for this music bonanza, which was very much a success. Performances featured individuals and groups, using rhythm, voice, keyboard, guitar, ukulele, drums and fiddle. The ages ranged from pre-school to retirement, and experience from beginner to more experienced. We heard a range of music, from nursery rhymes to Scottish traditional, to classical, to blues, to classic rock.
Tim Raynes, as the Master of Ceremonies, introduced each act beautifully, and the performances were expertly led by the tutors; Ben Hesling, Sarah Smith, Monica Neeling, Valerie Gage and Marc Rollins-Mckie. The performers showed very little sign of nerves as they took to the stage, and were obviously well rehearsed. The singing group that have been meeting at Farr Hall on Thursday evenings also performed three songs in a range of genres, and joined with participants and tutors for the ensemble rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, in which the audience were also encouraged to participate.
The afternoon concluded with a performance from the Scottish country dancing teams of Farr primary school led by Judy Macinnes, and was followed by a raffle.
The Strathnairn Music Initiative team are extremely grateful for all those who used a considerable amount of their time to make the concert happen, to the donations of drinks and cakes for the break and for the raffle prizes. Warm thanks also go to the community members who assisted with drinks and cakes and selling raffle tickets.
The money raised will contribute to the running costs of the music initiative. We look forward to the next concert!
The Strathnairn Music Initiative trustees wish to thank the Strathnairn Community Benefit Fund and Music For All for the generous funding that has allowed the project to go ahead.