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Caithness News Bulletins March 2005
CAREERS SCOTLAND - LIMELIGHT EVENT
The event consisted of traditional / folk and rock music workshops and was aimed at 14 - 18 year olds with a growing interest in the world of music and in need of some direction, guidance and input to encourage their talent.
Denise Holden -Careers Scotland's Locality Manager-said," This was an example of one of the many experiences for young people which help them to plan their careers more effectively. The majority of the students who took part had never performed in a band or group before, but by the end of the day had the confidence and ability to perform on stage in front of a live audience. It was a very valuable experience for all concerned and most importantly - a lot of fun!"
The workshops highlighted the range of
careers available to potential musicians / performers and showed that
skills developed through music can be used in many diverse ways throughout
life, including valuable employability skills such as self-confidence,
communication, teamworking, enterprise and so on.
John Sinclair, former keyboard player
with Ozzy Osbourne for 17 years said of the event, "I feel very privileged
to be able to use my experience of the music business within a great team
of workers and with a great bunch of youngsters. Music is a great strategy
for building motivation and self-confidence"
The remaining workshop facilitators were Terry Small (a lecturer at Inverness College, guitar teacher and record producer), Robbie Dunsmore (a talented guitarist who has recently started up his own sound recording business), Michael Harcus (an accomplished musician who plays accoustic guitar, sings and writes folk/country and rock music) and last but not least, local fiddle expert George Pain (who works at Vulcan and heads up the Thurso Strathspey and Reel Society).
Feedback from the students was also very positive and as the day was such a huge success, Careers Scotland hopes to run similar events in the future.