New chairwoman looks forward to 45th Lochaber Music Festival

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With the 45th annual Lochaber Music Festival set to begin get under way next month, the event’s new organiser is looking forward to another year of musical magic.

The annual festival, which takes place from Friday March 15 to Thursday March 21, will be steered by new chairwoman Catherine Cameron, who is proud to showcase the array of talent on offer in the area.

The festival has a huge range of competitions including vocal, instrumental, traditional, speech, country dancing and ensemble competitions, as well as the Rotary-sponsored Lochaber Young Musician of the Year.

Catherine Cameron. NO F09 Lochaber Music Festival Catherine Cameron

This year’s esteemed adjudicators, who will be travelling from all over the UK, giving competitors praise and constructive criticism to help them in their future performances, are Joan Foster, John Grant, Margaret Tomlinson, Donald John MacIntyre, Gillian Frame and Linda Gaul. The organisers are delighted that Peter Rose and Robin Versteeg return as the official accompanists, providing professional piano support to those who require it.

All the award winners from last year’s Lochaber Music Festival. Photo: Abrightside Photography. NO F09 Lochaber Music Festival

Local music teacher Catherine is the new festival chairwoman this year and is looking forward to her first year in charge. She said: ‘Taking part in the music festival is an extremely positive experience for local school children and adults alike.

‘We have so much musical talent in this culturally-rich area, with instrumental tuition and weekly class music lessons still part of everyday life for many children; accessibility to excellent private tuition, including the Lochaber Music School who serve a phenomenal number of families, teaching music from babies to their parents; and the existence of many community music, dance and drama clubs.

‘The performances at our festival provide a platform to showcase this talent, to encourage children to “keep playing!” into adulthood and to build their  confidence.’

She added: ‘The programme for this event will be published shortly – watch this space – and we would encourage you to come along and enjoy it.’

The traditional classes will take place on the Friday and Saturday of the festival and all other classes from Monday to Wednesday.  Should anyone decide to support the young musician competitions, they will happen on the evening of Tuesday March 19, and the final concert, featuring many highlights of the festival, as well as the prize-giving, will take place on the evening of Thursday March 21.

If you require any further details about Lochaber Music Festival, contact Catherine Cameron at chairperson@lochabermusicfestival.co.uk.

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Catherine Cameron. NO F09 Lochaber Music Festival Catherine Cameron

Lochaber Music School and Lundavra Primary School pupil Maya Lev at last year’s festival. Photo: Abrightside Photography. NO F09 Lochaber Music Festival 02

All the award winners from last year’s Lochaber Music Festival. Photo: Abrightside Photography. NO F09 Lochaber Music Festival