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Pupils from Highland schools in Alness, Kingussie and Fortrose learn about music industry in Inverness

By Calum MacLeod

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Steve Golby and Madeleine Lenthall lead the discussion.
Steve Golby and Madeleine Lenthall lead the discussion.

Young people from the Highlands tuned into potential career opportunities in the music industry at a special event at the Ironworks in Inverness.

As part of Monstersfest, the two-day rock music festival, secondary pupils and music students had the chance to hear from industry professionals about the different careers available – from sound recording and management to media and performance.

It was organised by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Inverness and Central Highland and supported by festival founder Mark Allison.

Andy Maxtone, programme manager for DYW Inverness and Central Highland, said: “This is the second year that we’ve held an event during Monstersfest specifically for young people to inspire them with the huge variety of careers in the creative industry.

“The Highlands are a hotbed of creativity, with the industry diverse and fast-growing and continuing to make an important contribution to the region’s economy and cultural life.”

Mr Allison said: "Throughout the years, we have all had opportunities that could take us in a new or different direction. In music as in life, you have to seize every opportunity you can and build on it. This was the common thread running through the talks during the course of the day."

Attending the event were a group from Alness Academy, Kingussie High School, Fortrose Academy and music students from North Highland College UHI's Alness campus.

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