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Keith Institute music plan


By Shelley Nicol

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A RENOWNED local musician is considering Keith Institute as a potential site to establish the first traditional music university outside Glasgow.

James Alexander.
James Alexander.

James Alexander, leader of the Fochabers Fiddlers and keen proponent of traditional music, outlined his plans at a Keith and Strathisla Regeneration Partnership (KSRP).

He said he was currently considering five possible venues but had been in discussion with Moray Council about the institute and had toured the building, as well as studying the detailed options presented in the feasibility study report by Forres-based LDN Architects.

Outlining his interest in the Keith building, Mr Alexander said: "I’ve been working on this for about five years alongside Moray College UHI.

"We need large premises for students from throughout Scotland and abroad. We need somewhere that can be converted into various teaching rooms and a concert venue. I’ve been to a meeting with the council about the building and had a good look around it."

Valery Dickson, chair of KSRP, said: "There would be an enormous support in the town for that."



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