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Music from Distant Hills

Sunday 10 December, 2017

Leadhills Silver Band has launched its new community project Music from Distant Hills. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under the World War I Then and Now scheme, the band was granted £10,000 to run a two-year project culminating in a world premiere of a new brass band composition by renowned Scottish composer Alan Fernie. Working directly with the band, Alan has taken local research as inspiration for a brand new piece of music to commemorate the end of World War I. The piece, written specifically for Leadhills Silver Band, will then be offered to community bands throughout Scotland. 


Explaining the importance of the funding, the head of the HLF in Scotland, Lucy Casot, said: “The impact of World War I was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £15 million in projects - large and small - that are marking this global Centenary; with our new small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in the Music from Distant Hills project to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people, in particular, to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

A spokesperson for the band told BB: “The project has its origins in an old sepia photograph of Leadhills Village Band taken in the early 1900s. It captures the members of the lead mining band proudly grasping their beautifully engraved instruments dated 1907. Seen in light of the events to shortly follow, the photograph took on a poignant role as war affected and altered these individual lives and the life of the villages of Leadhills and Wanlockhead. This exciting venture is a chance to investigate these events in the context of our local heritage and commemorate that era of our history. The first part of the project has seen band members research WW1 in conjunction with Leadhills library, established in 1741, and Wanlockhead Mining Museum. Working with local members of the community we are investigating and learning about our heritage through memory sharing workshops, guest lectures, poetry and art workshops.”