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Macdonald Aviemore Resort to host Highland Heartbeat


The Macdonald Aviemore Resort is delighted to announce a series of live show’s and unique talent workshops featuring Highland Heartbeat this summer.

The Resort’s main auditorium will be home to Highland Heartbeat on 21, 22, 29, 30 July and 4, 5, 18, 19 August 2010.

Highland Heartbeat is a television and live concert music show, soon to be broadcast on BBC2, highlighting the best of Scottish talent. The live show consists of singers and musicians specialising in both traditional and contemporary Scottish Music which aims to touch hearts by weaving together audiences through beautiful songs, music and landscape.

Fiona Kennedy, daughter of the late and hugely popular singers Calum and Anne Kennedy and creator of the Highland Heartbeat show, said: “Highland Heartbeat is a vibrant showcase for Scotland, highlighting both traditional and contemporary music and aimed at a wide ranging audience who love a good night out! This small country of ours is brimful of talent and it’s very exciting to be involved with the Macdonald Aviemore Resort to produce this live show on home turf.”

Highland Heartbeat began in 2008 when the American television company, PBS, approached Fiona asking her to find outstandingly talented young singers from Scotland for a television special which would broadcast coast to coast across America. The singers come from Shetland, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Motherwell and are the winners of a Scotland wide auditioning process.

Phil Cunningham, musician, BBC presenter and judge said: “I am genuinely delighted and amazed at the talent on the show.”

Summer 2010 will also see Highland Heartbeat produce a series of special talent workshops. The workshops, which are open to the public, will offer attendees the chance to learn songs from the show, have professional singing tuition, choreography and breathing lessons. Everyone taking part in the workshops will have the opportunity to join the group on stage during one of the highly anticipated live shows.

Gerry McGee, chief executive, Macdonald Aviemore Resort, said: “We are thrilled that Highland Heartbeat will be performing at the Resort this summer. The hugely talented Scottish musicians are sure to put on a show to remember. The talent workshops are a fantastic way of showcasing young talent and we look forward to finding the next big thing at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort’s answer to The X Factor.”

The Macdonald Aviemore Resort lies in the heart of Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park. Ideal for those looking to enjoy weekend breaks in the Highlands general Highland breaks, the Resort includes four hotels and 18 luxury woodland lodges, a selection of high quality restaurants, an Aviemore travel guide, The Spey Valley Championship Golf Course, The Vital Spa, Spey Valley Cinema, Gym and child friendly Spey Valley Leisure Arena with swimming pool, flumes, wave machine and the Aviemore Adventure Club.

About Macdonald Hotels:
First established in 1990 by Donald Macdonald and colleagues, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts operates over 40 hotels across the UK and 10 resorts throughout the UK and Spain, including Aviemore hotels and wedding venues in Aviemore. Macdonald Hotels employs over 4,400 staff and operates in excess of 4,500 hotel rooms. Its focus is on developing its strong portfolio of four and five star hotels, with each offering its own character and individuality underpinned with the quality and attention to detail expected of the Macdonald brand. In particular, the company prides itself on the seasonality and provenance of its food within the hotels, from breakfast through to dinner, as well as its wide range of specially selected wines. As testament to the excellent level of service the Group provides, it has on numerous occasions won several prestigious accolades, most notably the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2007-08 and the National Customer Service Awards for Leisure and Tourism.

PR Contact:
Eilidh Macleod
PR Account Executive
Scotia House
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01786 435182


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