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Great opportunity for young guitarists

Issued: 9 Sep 2010

The quest is on to find the Highland's most talented young guitarists with an exciting opportunity to perform during the Ullapool Guitar Festival.

The Highland Council, in association with the Ullapool Guitar Festival, have launched a new competition- Highland Young Guitarist 2010 - and invite guitarists who attend Highland Schools to come along to the Spectrum Centre in Inverness on Saturday 25 September to perform a solo programme of music of their choice in front of an audience. A panel of judges will select an overall winner and a runner up who will both be given interval performance times at the Festival which runs in Ullapool from 8th to the 10th October.

As well as getting this live performance opportunity and Festival passes worth £130, the overall winner will be presented with a Tanglewood Rosewood `reserve' TRD VS E guitar and the runner-up will be given a Freshman guitar.

To be eligible to enter guitarists must currently attend a Highland Council school and be competent enough to present a 20 minute programme during the Ullapool Festival intervals should they win.

The Highland Council's Music Development Officer Norman Bolton said: "This really is an ideal chance for guitarists to come along and demonstrate their talents. The judging panel will be able to give constructive feedback and both the overall winner and the runner up will not only receive amazing prizes but will gain incredible experience when they perform during the Ullapool Guitar Festival. Anyone interested in coming along to perform at the Competition Day should prepare a programme of between 2 and 4 pieces lasting no longer than 15 minutes in total. All entrants should be able to demonstrate variety of guitar styles and should be soloists. They will also need to complete and return an application form by Friday 17 September."

The Guitar Competition Day at the Spectrum Centre starts at 1pm and is open to the public so anyone interested in coming along to hear the performances is very welcome.

Application forms for entrants are now available from Highland secondary schools or by contacting Norman Bolton on 01349 863441.

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