Free music masterclasses are coming to Perth and Glasgow


A Perth-based Celtic big band for youngsters, the Gordon Duncan Experience is running free 2-hour masterclasses in Perth and Glasgow this summer for school-aged musicians.

School-aged instrumentalists equivalent to Year 3 and above from anywhere in Scotland are invited to join Music Director Patsy Reid at one of two summer initiation sessions – at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on Thursday July 21 and at the Perth Theater on Friday July 22.

Music reading skills are not a prerequisite for the free 2-hour masterclasses that aim to break down stylistic barriers in music and train musicians who will be skilled, versatile and sensitive listeners. Sessions will cover melody, rhythm, accompaniment, chords, theory and learning music by ear – all the skills needed to develop as a musician. All instruments are welcome.

After the Summer Taster Sessions, musicians can audition to join the Gordon Duncan Experience as it prepares to take the stage at Ar Ceòl d’Ar Cànan – a celebration of Gaelic and music in Perthshire for the Royal Festival National Mòd, held at the Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 15 October 2022. The band will also collaborate on a final “stramash” alongside stellar and well-known musicians Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, Margaret BennettPatsy Reid, Mhairi Hall and Jenn Butterworth, plus local bands such as The Tayside Young Fiddlers, Perth Gaelic Choir and more to be confirmed.

Music Director Patsy Reid said:

“The Gordon Duncan Experience is a great opportunity for young people to come together with other like-minded musicians and share the joy of learning, rehearsing and playing together as part of an exciting and eclectic band. We know from experience that the Gordon Duncan Experience has sparked the musical journey of many young people, teaching them valuable skills, bringing a real sense of fun and camaraderie, and forging friendships for life on the go. of road.”

Auditions will take place on Zoom on Sunday, July 24, with a possible second audition date on Sunday, August 21 to accommodate those unable to make it to the first date. Musicians do not need to have participated in the initiation sessions to apply for the audition.

To register for summer trial sessions or the audition process, contact the Horsecross Arts Learning and Engagement Team at [email protected].

Launched by Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theater in 2010 in honor of the late great piper of Pitlochry Gordon Duncan, The Gordon Duncan Experience performs and creates music rooted in Scottish traditions with influences from jazz, rock, pop and classic. Young musicians who have come through its ranks have performed at high profile events and shared the stage with some of Scotland’s finest artists, many of them continuing their education and pursuing careers in music and performance.

For more information on the Gordon Duncan Experience and the many opportunities it offers young musicians, visit the learning and engagement pages on the Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theater website at

The Gordon Duncan Experience is supported by The Northwood Charitable Trust.

Horsecross Arts is supported by Creative Scotland, Perth & Kinross Council and The Gannochy Trust.


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