Published: 12/03/2018 07:00 - Updated: 09/03/2018 13:37

Inverness Music Festival standards receive top marks

Written byVal Sweeney


Sandy Scott Brown
Cellist Sandy Scott Brown won the Curtis Craig Competition at this year's festival.

ORGANISERS of the Inverness Music Festival have turned their attention to next year’s event after the curtain came down on the 2018 competition.

Over 10 days, hundreds of performers have showcased their talents in a wide range of classes from stringed instruments to dancing.

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

"It has been difficult sometimes for the adjudicators to choose the winners," she said.

She is inviting feedback on how the festival can be improved and broadened out for next year.

"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.

The festival owns or cares for 90 shields, trophies and cups. There are also six levels of certificate awarded to  competitors – fair, moderate, merit, commended, distinction and outstanding.

The event culminates with the winners of certain classes taking part in the premier competitions for the Curtis Craig Trophy and the Elizabeth Davis Quaich.

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