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Craig Muirhead chosen as judge for BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award

Congratulations to our piping instructor Craig Muirhead, who has been invited to judge the semi final of BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician Award.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 7th October, is an important one on the music calendar in Scotland. It aims to encourage young musicians to keep their tradition alive, while maximising their potential in the pursuit of a career in traditional music.

Craig is himself a semi finalist at the Awards, and is highly regarded within the traditional music community.

Simon Thoumire, Creative Director of HandsUpForTrad, said:

” We are delighted to have esteemed piper Craig Muirhead judge at the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award semifinals. As a previous semi finalist it is brilliant to have his expertise back involved and also it is great for the current semi finalists to a previous participant doing so well in his career.”

Each year the winner is provided with high profile performance opportunities and the advice they require to launch a career in traditional music.

The ‘Award’ takes the form of a competition which includes a residential weekend in October at Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire for 12 semi-finalists. There are  workshops and advice on all aspects of working in the traditional music business plus a public concert with performances by the semi-finalists. From this concert, six finalists are chosen by a panel of judges to go forward to the grand final. This is held each January at a prestigious concert at Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow where one of the six is judged to be BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award winner for that year.

The competition is organised and run by Hands Up For Trad for BBC Radio Scotland. Hands Up for Trad are an organisation dedicated to increasing the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music through information, education and advocacy.