Top traditional music school to star at Trust's annual gathering

Highland capital hosts John Muir Trust's AGM and Members' Gathering

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This weekend 150 delegates and guests of the John Muir Trust are gathering in Inverness to debate the future for wild land in the Highlands.

The weekend will kick off with a civic reception in the Townhouse in Inverness city centre on Friday evening, which will include a sell-out concert by Plockton-based National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music. Last year, the school recorded a ground-breaking CD – The Snow Is Melting Into Music – celebrating the spectacular wild landscapes managed by the John Muir Trust.

A group of ten pupils from Dochgarroch Primary School will also attend the event, where the provost of Inverness, Helen Carmichael, will present them with John Muir Award certificates to mark the bushcraft and conservation work carried out by the school on the banks of the Caledonian Canal.

Following the business of AGM in the Ironworks, delegates will divide into groups to visit significant cultural and natural landmarks, including the Fyrish Monument at Alness, the Abriachan community-owned forest near Loch Ness, Culbin Sands on Findhorn Bay, and Aigas Field Centre near Beauly.

The event will be rounded off with a special presentation by renowned Cairngorms-based wild life photographer Peter Cairns – “SCOTLAND: The Big Picture”.

Chair of the John Muir Trust Peter Pearson said: “The Trust is proud of its strong links with the Highlands, the wild heart of Scotland, which stretch back a third of a century.

“We’re delighted to be holding this year’s AGM in the vibrant and picturesque capital of the region, and we’re honoured that the Provost of Inverness, Helen Carmichael, has laid on this civic reception to mark the occasion.

“We have serious discussions to get through, but we’re also looking forward to seeing the fabulously talented Plockton music school students in action and getting a taste of the famed Inverness craic, which might just include sampling a few local ales and whiskies."