Talent Fund boost for teen

Arthur Coates is currently a fiddle and piano student at Aberdeen City Music School
Arthur Coates is currently a fiddle and piano student at Aberdeen City Music School
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An Insch teenager has been awarded funding from Young Scot and Creative Scotland to nurture and develop his creative talents.

Arthur Coates (14) is a fiddle and piano student at Aberdeen City Music School.

He also plays guitar, pipes and whistles and often performs with the North East Folk Collective in areas throughout Scotland.

Arthur has already recorded a CD of his original compositions and arrangements, highlighting his influences and Scottish roots.

He will use the funding to travel to auditions and develop his performance playing skills.

Since entering the award, Arthur has been collaborating with four other local young musicians with exciting performances at Portsoy Boat Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Donotter Castle, Lossiemouth Folk Event and at Hootenanny in Inverness.

In this round of funding, Young Scot and Creative Scotland awarded just under £3,000 to projects and individuals across Scotland to deliver their ideas.

Arthur said: “I’m so passionate about my music and It’s incredible to have this support from Young Scot and Creative Scotland – this a chance to make my ideas a reality.

“I dedicate all my time to my music so this funding will make travelling to auditions much easier.”

The Nurturing Talent Fund aims to support young people’s creative work regardless of geography, affordability and disability.

It is part of the Scottish Government’s Time to Shine youth arts strategy, which seeks to change the way the arts is viewed and help Scotland become an international leader in young people’s creativity.

Louise Macdonald, Young Scot’s Chief Executive, said: “Young people like Arthur are at the heart of Scotland’s continuing success as a creative nation. They have aspirations to unleash their creativity and reach for the stars.

“The Fund helps young people get started or move to the next level regardless of their background, location or personal challenges and I’m looking forward to listening to Arthur’s CD.”