Travellers who reach Inverness Airport in the lead up to Christmas this year will enjoy music from a “Pop-up Piano” installed by a local charity to raise funds and provide seasonal entertainment to visitors.
The initiative is organised by Highlands-based youth music charity, the Liam Colgan Music Fund (LCMF), which was set up in memory of the young Inverness-based musician and song-writer who tragically died in Hamburg in 2018.
The Fund is dedicated to helping aspiring Highland musicians and others keen on pursuing ambitions in the music and creative industries.
Sean Fleming, one of the trustees of the Liam Colgan Music Fund said, ”We trialled this project last year and it was such asuccess that both the Inverness Airport management and Loch Ness Pianos,who provided and installed the piano for us, want to repeat it and help raise money for the Fund.”
Since its official launch in October 2020, the Fund has helped establish a variety of projects including two awards for music graduates at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI); work experience placements for students; organising song-writing workshops and sponsored a stage at the local Woodzstock Festival to showcased the finalists of the Fund’s Young Songwriter of the Year Award.
The Fund also completed an online survey of young musicians’ needs across the region and earlier this year the Fund announced it had received a donation from the BRIT Trust in support of its work, the first organisation in the North of Scotland to be awarded this accolade.
Graeme Bell, Inverness Airport General Manager, said the airport is excited to hear the piano play once again in aid of the Liam Colgan Music Fund charity this winter.
“Live music during the festive period is a real treat for the terminal, for both our passengers and staff. We are so happy to welcome the piano once more and from such a good cause too. Visitors to the terminal are welcome to play and donate to the Liam Colgan Music Fund.
"It’s an opportunity to help support aspiring Highland musicians and get that warm festive feeling. I’m sure the rota of local pianists organised by the charity will be such a treat for everyone, and will encourage folk to donate.”