Midlothian’s young musicians have Big Hearts

Big Hearts Music aims to encourage young people from all backgrounds and abilities into music.

Midlothian Young Carers – a group of children who have responsibilities at home that go far beyond anything that of an average child would face – have linked with the Tynecastle-based project.

Six young people, aged between 11 and 16, have been working on their music skills for about three months.

And last Friday, they had a 15-minute slot on a show called A Scottish Fantasia at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.

Keir MacCulloch, music project co-ordinator for Big Hearts Community Trust, said: “This was a brilliant experience for them. They have formed a band and have been working on guitars, base and drums. Some had musical experience and others didn’t.

“Their spot was around 15 minutes and they have made fantastic progress over the past wee while.

“They are an inspiring bunch of kids, and it is great to get some local acknowledgement for them.”