Local musician wanted for SBC community music scheme

SCOTTISH Borders Council’s arts development team is looking for a talented musician to take part in its community music training programme.

The trainee, who will be based at Jedburgh Community and Arts Centre, will be assisted in developing skills in community music education for primary aged children and will work alongside traditional song and world music development officers Kaela Rowan and Shona Mooney, who will run ‘Jethart Folk’.

This project will involve 15 young people and will run on Tuesdays for 10 weeks, from September 20-November 29, in the Community and Arts Centre between 3.40 and 4.40pm.

The workshops will cover traditional music and song, music arranging, composition, creative music-making, voice work and performance skills. This will be followed by an autumn weekend school with several local concerts.

The trainee placement is designed to be a hands-on, practical experience which will enhance skills and confidence in music workshop leadership and project development within a community setting, learning new skills and sharing good practice.

Kaela Rowan, SBC’s arts development officer commented: “We are looking for a musician who would benefit from specialist music leadership training and is committed to a career in providing traditional music opportunities for young people. Candidates may be 18 or above, specialise in any music genre though a knowledge of Scottish or Irish traditional music would be beneficial, have gained music qualifications, or have learned their skills out-with formal education or training.”

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday, September 5 and commenting on the placement, Councillor Graham Garvie, SBC’s executive member for culture, sport and community learning said: “As well as creating a valuable training opportunity, the project aims to widen the facilities of traditional music-making for young people in the Borders.

“It also looks to provide an opportunity to deepen their understanding of traditional music from both our own and other cultures, to open up new possibilities for young traditional musicians to engage and collaborate with other young musicians in their geographic area.”