Music - High note for Feis Rois

28th January 2011 at 00:00

Traditional music festival Feis Rois this month celebrated its 25th anniversary with a unique concert at Celtic Connections.

In the first half of the concert at Glasgow's City Halls, a new piece by Wick-born pianist and composer James Ross was performed by professional traditional musicians and six pupils of St Clement's School, a special school, in Dingwall.

This part of the concert was celebrating a recent partnership of the festival with Drake Music Scotland, which specialises in working with people who have disabilities.

The second part of the concert featured 25 musicians, each representing one year of Feis Rois. Sixteen of the performers are now professional musicians who originally participated in Feis Rois and went on to successful careers in the Scottish music industry.

They were joined by nine young Feis Rois musicians who recently participated in its Ceilidh Trail project. Feis Rois ambassador Julie Fowlis made a guest appearance.

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