Lochaber Rotary is delighted to hear that Ruairidh Poll of Lochaber High School has been selected for the flagship National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Jazz Orchestra after a demanding audition process.
Thanks to the Kenneth J Macpherson Memorial Trust for Young Musicians of Lochaber, now administered by Rotary, Ruaraidh was able to attend the Access Course for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra last year and had improvisation lessons with the inspirational performer and educator, Sue McKenzie. The Trust was set up in 1995 in memory of the late principal Teacher of Music at Lochaber High School.
S5 student Ruairidh, said; “We spoke a lot about stylistic things like having a great swing feel and the importance of articulation. It was super to learn techniques for better structuring and developing solos and different ways of implementing contrast.