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Ceilidh Trail’s young musicians perform free at The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery

There’s a rare treat in store for lovers of traditional Scottish music and song when a group of outstanding young musicians perform FREE at The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff on Friday, August 4, 2017, from 12-1pm.

The six youngsters are stopping off at Scotland’s most visited and oldest working distillery as part of the 2017 Cèilidh Trail organised by the Fèis Fhoirt cultural tourism initiative.

The Cèilidh Trail is a platform for visitors to Scotland to experience traditional Scottish music in a wide variety of settings. Running over the peak July/August tourist season, the musicians entertain in a range of venues including pubs, restaurants, village halls and tourist attractions the length and breadth of Scotland.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager of The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome this fantastic group of young musicians to Crieff. This is a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to enjoy some beautifully crafted songs in both the Gaelic and Scots languages as well as lively folk tunes played on fiddles, accordions and other traditional musical instruments.”

Fifteen outstanding young musicians from across Scotland auditioned for a paid summer job touring on the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail 2017.

These young people are aged 17 – 19 and many of them are studying at some of the country’s leading music schools, including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

This project provides a professional development opportunity and a stepping stone between studying and launching a career as a performing artist.

In addition to 70 performances in Scotland, the superb young musicians on the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail 2017 have been invited to showcase at Cambridge Folk Festival in England (July 27 – 30) and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, France (August 4-13).

For further information on The Famous Grouse Experience and to book your tour, visit www.thefamousgrouseexperience.com

The Enchanted Forest announces 70,000 tickets to go on sale for 2017’s Oir an Uisge show

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi-award-winning sound and light show, has announced it has released 70,000 tickets for this year’s event, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Friday, June 16.

The 2017 show, entitled Oir an Uisge, Scots Gaelic for ‘Edge of the Water’, is reflective of the changing scenery of Faskally Wood in Pitlochry where the event is held annually. It will open to the public on Thursday, September 28.

Proceeds from the first night will benefit three charities – Tayside Mountain Rescue, Alzheimer Scotland and Giraffe.

Just over 70,000 visitors attended last year’s show which was a 13% increase on the previous record-breaking year. Tickets have been made available already by private pre-sale to previous customers and demand has been brisk with over 20,000 tickets snapped up. Saturday nights are all but sold out and customers are advised to book early this year to avoid disappointment with organisers predicting that the event will sell out before opening night for the first time in its history.

The Enchanted Forest employs Scotland’s premier creative talents to produce a state-of-the art show set against the stunning natural backdrop of Faskally Wood near Pitlochry every October.

Organised by The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, the event is renowned for its use of dazzling visuals, innovative design and an original music score.

Now in its 16th year, The Enchanted Forest has won numerous awards, most recently being crowned winner of the coveted Best Cultural Event at the UK Events Awards in London last winter. The event also holds the current title of Best Large Event and the Chairman’s Award, and is three times winner of Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards.

Ian Sim, Chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said:

“Every year The Enchanted Forest lights up the countryside of Perthshire and boosts our local tourist trade. But it also lights up the lives of the Scottish community through our charity donations, and as a charitable trust that is what we are here to do. We’re delighted to be able to direct proceeds towards three highly important organisations in Tayside and Scotland. As the show goes from strength to strength, so our charitable net widens, which is extremely heartening.”

The three chosen charities have expressed their delight at being picked as this year’s Enchanted Forest beneficiaries.

Giraffe was established 11 years ago and operates on behalf of people across Perth & Kinross and more widely in Tayside. Its work supports people with severe and complex barriers, such as learning disabilities, autism and mental ill health, to make the transition into meaningful work.

Gareth Ruddock, Giraffe’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“We are ecstatic to have been chosen as a charity partner for The Enchanted Forest. Primarily, the funding will be used towards supporting our fantastic client group but additionally, being associated with and working with such an excellent organisation as The Enchanted Forest, will inevitably raise the profile of our organisation and the work we do, as well as helping in raising awareness of the benefits of employing our clients.”

Stuart Johnson, Tayside Mountain Rescue Team Leader, continued:

“The majority of funds raised for our charity are donated by the good will and generosity of people who live in our operational area. We are humbled and appreciative of all donations which go to designated expenditure and operating costs. We are delighted to be chosen as one of The Enchanted Forest charities and thank everyone for the financial support given towards the life-saving work TMRT deliver. Our voluntary team members are the fourth busiest of 28 mountain rescue teams in Scotland.”

Fiona Lewis, Corporate Fundraiser at Alzheimer Scotland, added:

“Alzheimer Scotland is very excited to be supported by the award-winning Enchanted Forest. We are sure guests will enjoy being dazzled by the woodland wonderland whilst raising funds for our vital support services.”

The 2017 show is led by the multi-award-winning creative team of Zoe Squair as producer, Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes as lighting designers, and RJ McConnell and Jon Beales providing sound design and composition.

Tricia Fox, marketing manager of The Enchanted Forest, commented:

“Demand for tickets grows year on year and I cannot emphasise strongly enough that people should buy tickets in advance to ensure they secure a chance to visit this year.”

The Enchanted Forest takes place from Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, October 29 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Tickets will be on sale to the public from Friday, June 16 at 10am at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Tickets for the Charity Night on Thursday, September 28 will also be available to book by visiting www.enchantedforest.org.uk/charity

More information on The Enchanted Forest is available on www.enchantedforest.org.uk

 

Enchanted Forest celebrates a shimmering 15th show

The 15th annual Enchanted Forest launched tonight in a shimmer of light, original music and some of the country’s top creative talent.

A select audience of press and VIPs gathered in Faskally Wood, Pitlochry for the opening of what is now a must-see on the UK’s tourist calendar and a cultural and financial boost to the local Perthshire community.

Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, switched on the lights for this year’s show, called SHIMMER. For The Enchanted Forest’s most ambitious display to date, organisers have not only lit up Faskally Wood but raised the creative bar with a show that provides fantastic light displays, original music and extra surround sound. Making a shimmering entrance this year will be a giant interactive puppet, a walk-through ‘wall’ of light and a stunning light show on the loch.

This year’s event, which runs from 29th September to Friday 30th October, is once more headed up by the multi-award-winning creative team of Derek Allan as producer and creative director, Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes as lighting designers, and RJ McConnell and Jon Beales providing sound design and composition.

More than 65,000 tickets went on sale this year and organisers The Enchanted Forest Community Trust are reporting sold-out shows already, with an additional 3000 tickets going on sale to the public earlier this week to meet demand. Extended to a month-long run last year due to its popularity, The Enchanted Forest brings in an estimated £2 million to the local economy every year. A special charity night takes place on Thursday 29th September, with a percentage of proceeds going to Kidney Kids Scotland, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation Scotland.

Ian Sim, acting chairman for The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said:

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating the fifteenth anniversary show of The Enchanted Forest and we’re particularly proud of all the work that’s gone into the SHIMMER show. The Enchanted Forest not only illuminates our Perthshire countryside every Autumn, it also lights up the local community. Monies raised by the show help a host of community projects and a dedicated charity evening raising money directly for well-deserved causes. And of course it’s a celebration of some of the cream of the crop in the U.K. arts world.”

Opening the show, Cabinet Secretary Angela Constance said:

“I’m delighted to be opening The Enchanted Forest in its 15th year and to see this award-winning show go from strength to strength. This is an event that is a great equaliser, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds from across Scotland and beyond, into the forests of Highland Perthshire.

“It’s incredible to think that it started as a three-night event with 1500 people and now attracts more than 60,000 visitors. In that time The Enchanted Forest has, remarkably, reinvented itself each year with a new theme. Yet it remains true to its original aims: of bringing people outside; celebrating the outdoors and the arts; and giving back to the community through the funding of valuable local projects.”

For more information and to book tickets visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk.

Enchanted Forest reveals new creative talent behind shimmering new show

If you caught this year’s Edinburgh Festival opening ceremony, you’ll have got a taster of another of Scotland’s favourite annual spectacles: The Enchanted Forest.

Perthshire’s multi-award-winning sound and light show in the woods is set to shimmer this October with its most ambitious display to date. Among the creative talent is 59 Productions, the team behind the Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time, which launched this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. The spectacular public artwork saw Edinburgh Castle and Castle Rock transformed into a vast canvas for digitally animated projections inspired by the city’s past and set to a specially compiled soundtrack by rock band Mogwai.

Now in its 15th year, The Enchanted Forest sound and light show at Faskally Wood, Pitlochry prides itself on raising the creative bar with a changing theme each year. While the details of this year’s show, SHIMMER, are still under wraps, visitors can expect a host of new creative talent and shimmering displays including a larger-than-life character and a walk-through ‘wall’ of light.

59 Productions, one of the UK’s leading digital animation companies, has opened the last two Edinburgh Festivals. Other credits include the War Horse musical and the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. 59 Productions is working on a projection which, promises creative director Leo Warner, will stay close to the theme of an enchanted wood. For Leo it’s a welcome return to the Pitlochry area. 59 Productions’ very first video installation featured at Pitlochry Festival Theatre in 2003.

Vision Mechanics, a Leith-based design agency with clients that include National Museum of Scotland and Scottish Opera, is behind one of the larger-than-life characters that will appear at this year’s show, designed by creative director Kim Bergsagel. “We build big stuff and we try and make interactivity an element so people can get involved,” said Symon Macintyre of Vision Mechanics. One of Vision Mechanics’ most recent art projects, Drift, was installed on beaches in Norway and recreated the feelings of being adrift and alone at sea, inspired by the true story of Betty Mouat, a Shetland crofter who was cast adrift in the North Sea for eight days.

Also involved in this year’s Enchanted Forest are digital artists Squidsoup, who are building an immersive, walk-through light installation that builds on previous works they have exhibited around the world. “My background is in digital media but I’ve always been frustrated by the screen and the fact that you can’t go in there and touch anything,” explained Anthony Rowe, founder and creative director of Squidsoup.

This year’s Enchanted Forest event, which runs from Thursday 29th September to Friday 30th October, is led by the multi-award-winning creative team of Derek Allan as producer and creative director, Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes as lighting designers, and RJ McConnell and Jon Beales providing sound design and composition. Last year the show attracted a record 62,000 visitors and smashed box office records. This year, more than 65,000 tickets went on sale. Organisers The Enchanted Forest Community Trust are advising customers to book early to avoid disappointment.

The event, which extended its season due to popular demand, brings in an estimated £2 million to the local economy. It was recently shortlisted in two categories of the Scottish Event Awards, and beat off stiff competition from Scotland’s top tourism businesses to win the coveted Scottish Rural Award for Tourism & Hospitality 2016.

Ian Sim, acting chairman of The Enchanted Forest, said:

“The exciting, and challenging, thing about The Enchanted Forest is that it changes theme each year. We’re particularly proud of the creativity that is going into the SHIMMER show. We think this will definitely light up the woods and we encourage both locals and tourists to make the trip to The Enchanted Forest to witness the magic for themselves.”

For more information and to book tickets visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk.

Enchanted Forest Community Trust Funds 25 Local Projects

The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, organisers of the award-winning sound and light show in the woods, have awarded £10,000 to a range of local projects in Highland Perthshire, from pipe band uniforms to the upgrade of a bookshop, to yoga classes for the elderly.

This is the third year that such a fund has been available and the highest number of projects that have been helped.

This year’s Enchanted Forest, now in its 15th year, is set amidst the stunning Autumn woodland of Faskally Wood in Perthshire. The 2016 show is set to be the biggest yet, with 65,000 tickets now on sale. The spectacular sound and light show runs from Thursday 29th September to Friday 30th October at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

Scotland’s premier sound and light show is a three-time winner of Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards and was recently crowned winner of the Rural Tourism & Hospitality Award at the 2016 Scottish Rural Awards. This year’s show, SHIMMER, will use dazzling visuals and an original music score.

Ian Sim, acting chairman of The Enchanted Forest, said:

“Last year more people visited The Enchanted Forest than ever before. That means we were able to fund a host of exciting local community projects. We’re delighted that our show helps make all of these projects possible, and visitors should feel proud that, just by visiting the show, they have done their bit to give back to the community and benefit the local area.”

This year’s Enchanted Forest will again run for an extended season, due to popular demand. Organisers are encouraging the public to book early to avoid disappointment.

For tickets for this year’s show visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk