Media release: Music masterclasses being hosted in Moray


TWO of Scotland’s most prominent musicians are holding masterclasses for Moray’s music students next week.

Trombonist, John Kenny, and violinist, Francis Cummings, will be taking classes at the Moray Music Centre orchestra rehearsals on Saturday February 2nd.

John Kenny is a multi-faceted performer whose repertoire extends across many genres, including contemporary solo, modern jazz and early music. He is also believed to be the first person in modern times to play the Carnyx, Scotland’s 2,000-year-old Celtic Boar-headed horn that originates from Clochan, near Buckie.

Francis Cummings is director of music for Sistema Scotland, a charity founded by Andrew Lloyd-Weber that aims to change lives through music. He is also a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Head of music instruction for Moray Council, John Mustard, said it was great to welcome two world-class musicians to Moray.

“Students get so much out of sessions with players of this calibre, I feel it truly inspires them,” he said.

“John and Francis have played for audiences around the world, so to bring them here for our young musicians is a coup. They’ll also be available after the rehearsals to chat with students and parents.”

The Music Centre orchestra, which is made up of young musicians from all Moray’s schools, will be presenting a performance at Elgin Town Hall on Saturday March 17.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.

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