The Gordon Duncan Experience, Horsecross Arts’ unique celtic big band for young people aged 14-18 is currently seeking new players. The band is based in Perth but membership is now open to anyone resident in Scotland. They’re looking for a high standard of musician in any instrument and no prior knowledge of traditional music is necessary.
The band plays contemporary compositions rooted in traditional music including several by the iconic Perthshire composer and piper, Gordon Duncan, and specially commissioned pieces, written and arranged exclusively for the band’s 30-strong line-up.
The GDE musical directors are Corrina Hewat and David Milligan and they are backed up by a superb team of instrumental tutors including Patsy Reid and Steven Blake and will soon be bolstered further by the addition of 4 Apprentice musicians as part of the Traditional Music Talent Hub, which has been largely built around the GDE.
The band will play at the Scots Trad Awards in Fort William in December and they are currently setting up more shows for the New Year.
The application form is very simple and can be downloaded from this page: http://www.horsecross.co.uk/community/
Gordon Duncan, from Pitlochry in Perthshire, was widely regarded as one of the most skilled and innovative traditional music performers and composers of modern times. While steeped in the art of traditional highland piping, his approach to his music was always imaginative, fresh and at times radical, to the extent that his influence can be heard within an entire generation of younger musicians across Scotland and well beyond. Gordon died in December 2005, aged 41. You can read more about Gordon here: www.gordonduncan.co.uk