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Final Week for Applications to the Gordon Duncan Experience

The experience, which gives young musicians an opportunity to play with some of Scotland’s top pros, is closing the window for applications on Sunday 14 February.

Young musicians, aged between 14-21, can audition not join the free ‘online composition masterclass.’

The experience performs in the honour of, Pitlochry piper, Gordon Duncan’s memory. Ross Ainslie who has performed and recorded with Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica and more, was a mentored by Duncan.

He said: “I’m delighted to be involved with these composition masterclasses, Gordon was my mentor and biggest inspiration in music and especially composing so it’s great to be able to share some of my experiences with the musicians in The Gordon Duncan Experience.”

Ross Ainslie will also be joined by several other tutors who are steeped in the richness of traditional Scottish music.

A spokesperson for the Horsecorss Arts said: “Introduced to folk music at an early age whilst growing up in the Scottish Highlands, piper and accordionist Mairearad Green is often seen on stage alongside Anna Massie, Mike Vass, Tryst and King Creosote.

“Scottish folk music instrumentalist, educator and composer Hamish Napier is inspired by the heritage and nature of the Scottish landscape. His Strathspey Pentalogy, an ambitious 10-year project to produce 5 locally-inspired albums is already gaining 5-star reviews and awards.

“Hamish’s compositions strive for a balance between tradition and innovation, transcending boundaries to enhance Scotland’s rich musical heritage with influences and techniques from other musical genres.”

Ross, Mairearad and Hamish will be joined by Ali Hutton and Ailie Robertson.

Mairerad Green

Mairearad Green said: “I grew up listening to Gordon Duncan albums and he just made the pipes sing! He is such an inspiration as a piper and even more so as a composer.  I remember meeting Ross Ainslie at a session in The Ceilidh Place in Ullapool when we were both teenagers and there was that instant joint repertoire with Gordon tunes amongst others.

“Composition is one of my favourite aspects to being a musician and I am delighted to be taking a masterclass for the Gordon Duncan Experience.

The level of new talent coming through is incredible and it is brilliant to think what new tunes will be in the Scottish music repertoire in years to come.”

Ailie Robertson

In his honour, the Gordon Duncan Experience was launched by Perth Concert Hall and the Perth Theatre in 2010.

There, some of Scotland’s top talent meet to perform music rooted  in Scottish traditions with influences from jazz, rock, pop, blues and classical.

Now they’re asking young musicians to take to the stage and share the show with these top performers.

Blair Thomson, Head of The Northwood Charitable Trust who are funding the project said: “The Northwood Charitable Trust is delighted to support the important role that The Gordon Duncan Experience plays in music and welcomes Patsy Reid to her new post as Musical Director.”

Competition is expected to be tough for the 20 available places, with applications to audition closing on Sunday 14 of March. Anyone interested in the project should contact Horsecross Arts Creative Learning Co-ordinator (Music) Emma Neck eneck@horsecross.co.uk for further information.

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