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On Wednesday 28th May 2003 there will be a feast of traditional music on offer in Wick when traditional music students from the North Highland College in Alness will put on a show in the Pipe Band Hall, High Street, Wick. The students are tutored by local Caithness musicians Bobby Coghill and Karen Steven.

The performances will include piping duets, fiddle and keyboard solos, tunes on the box and a 9 piece ceilidh band! There will be some songs traditional Irish, contemporary Scottish and some country for good measure, there will also be a special guest appearance by the North Highland Juvenile Pipe Band whose piping tutor is again Bobby Coghill.

The evening starts at 7.30pm and admission will cost 3 which will include tea or coffee and biscuits during the interval.

North Highland College relocated its full-time music provision to the Alness Outreach Centre in August 2002. There are currently around thirty students enrolled on a range of courses covering traditional and modern music. The students come from all over the country and the age range is everything from school leavers right up to pensioners. At level one there are no prerequisites and therefore the course is open to complete beginners, while at the HNC level, students are expected to be of performance standard. The traditional instruments offered are currently accordion, fiddle and bagpipes. With various opportunities to perform in and around Scotland and to apply onto higher education courses upon successful completion of the NC or HNC, North Highland College provides an opportunity for individuals to develop their practical and academic music skills. Subjects on offer include solo and group performance, music theory, recording, composition and music business studies in addition to many other subjects. Courses are available on a full or part-time basis. For further information or an application form contact, North Highland College, Music Department, River Wynd, Teaninich Industrial Estate, ALNESS, Rosshire, IV17 0PE or telephone 01349 882545.