UHI BA Applied Music Showcase – An Lanntair

80 students and staff from around the University of the Highlands and Islands visited Stornoway in the last week of April to participate in the BA Applied Music residency.

This was a return visit after the highly successful residency April 2016. Several concerts took place at An Lanntair – showcasing all the musical genres which this degree embraces – from rock, pop, traditional to classical. Honours performances – each 45 mins in duration filled Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, each demonstrating the high level of skill and musical talent which the Applied Music degree is both attracting and nurturing.

One of the highlights of the Wednesday night showcase concert was the screening of short film clips which students had composed music to as part of the new module ‘Sound and Vision’ devised by staff member Roisin King. As well as the essential assessment schedule, there were workshops and talks on music industry, music promotion, psalm singing, step dancing, song writing and recording.

Students visited the Gearanan Black Houses and Carloway Mill and attended a poetry reading and discussion with Anne Frater - all of this engagement will form the basis for new composition ‘Rhythms of the Hebrides and Sounds of Stornoway’ which will be premiered at the Blas festival in Inverness in September.