Musicians gear up for 90th Isle of Arran Music Festival

Adjudicator Heather Gough amid the children from Shiskine Primary who won the Festival Salver in the choric speaking category last year.

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Musicians and dancers from all across Arran are practising their routines and polishing their performances in anticipation of the Isle of Arran Music Festival which is set to take place next week for the 90th time.

Taking place in Whiting Bay Hall from Wednesday March 20 to Friday March 22, the festival includes musical performances, singing dancing, recitals and for the first time this year the festival will incorporate Lamlash Burns Club’s Schools Burns Verse Speaking competition.

There are a great variety of classes to be enjoyed starting with Scottish country dancing, followed by choric and solo verse speaking on Wednesday.

Thursday is ‘traditional’ day with Lamlash Burns Club hosting the schools competition, followed by fiddle, then pipes and drums classes.

Friday is vocal and instrumental –  solos, duets and groups, including piano, brass and woodwind.  Friday evening sees the open section, but will take the form of a concert, including some of the winning performances from the previous classes.

Programmes are now available throughout the Island and visitors are warmly invited to go along to support the entrants and help to celebrate the festival’s 90 years.