Instruments are being finely tuned and voices well-rehearsed in preparation for the Rotary Club of Rothesay’s annual Young Musician of the Year, to be held later this month.
The competition sees musicians and vocalists from Rothesay Academy perform in front of a panel of judges at the Townhead joint campus - and a packed audience - in the regional heat, before winners are selected in the solo instrumentalist and solo musician sections to move onto the district finals.
Last year’s winners were singer Rosa Edwards and oboist Robin Brandon-Turner, who went on to perform at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow in February of this year.
Rotarian Donald Kinnear said: “This is a great opportunity for the public to hear and support our young and talented musicians and is a chance for the competitors to perform in public, never an easy task but always stands them in good stead for the future.”
While the judges make their decision on the winners, Academy Swing will give a short performance under the direction of Mr Tony Spencer, who will also be providing accompaniment to the competitors where required.
* The competition will be held on Thursday, November 21, at Rothesay Joint Campus. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Tickets are £5 (£1 for students) and can be obtained from The Card Shop, Bute Naturally, Musicker and Port Bannatyne Post Office, or at the door on the night.