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Young bands invited to create new music for chance to win £1000

By Garry McCartney

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Red Hot Chili Pipers in action.
Red Hot Chili Pipers in action.

A NEW music competition is being launched to blast Scotland out of the coronavirus lockdown gloom.

Young musicians across the country are invited to team pipes and drums up with other instruments to create inspiring music to cheer the nation and win up to £1000.

The competition is being run by the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Piper, Craig Munro, from the Chillis said: "We want bands of up to nine musicians to compose original pieces of contemporary music or create dynamic cover versions.

"For now this will have to be done online but if the lockdown eases bands maybe able to come together respecting any remaining restrictions that might still apply and film their pieces for judging."

SSPDT chief executive, Alexandra Duncan, confirmed cash prizes of £1000, £500 and £250 are being offered for the three best entries.

He said: "We know how badly people are missing playing together during this crisis and this is a great way of helping re-establish safe contact and then wake Scotland up with a blast."

bands need to film their entries using music or conference apps and submit them for judging by some of the country’s top musicians.

The winning band will also be the support act at a Red Hot Chilli’s gig and showcase their composition at next year’s Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships.

The deadline for entries is Friday, June 12.

Mr Munro added: "This is a great opportunity for young musicians to show off their talents. A line up can include keyboard, voice, guitar, violin or anything just so long as at least one bagpipe is at the heart of it."

For more information see https://sspdt.org.uk/wake-up-scotland/

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