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Holyrood Week: Day One

21st July 2014

The Duchess of Cornwall tries out Clarissa Dickson Wright's motorbike during a Royal Voluntary Service event

The Duchess of Cornwall tries out Clarissa Dickson Wright's motorbike during a Royal Voluntary Service event

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have begun their annual visit to Scotland today, where among other engagements, they were treated to some music when they visited a workshop at a jazz summer school.

The summer school, part of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, is a week-long intensive course covering practical approaches to improvisation and performance.

It is designed to develop jazz playing skills for musicians of all ages and abilities and includes instrumental and ensemble coaching from professional jazz musicians and educators.

Those attending include Artscape's Youth Band, a South African group comprising young people from the townships of Cape Town. The band is provided with learning and development opportunities through music.

Their Royal Highnesses, who are known as The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, visited Edinburgh Napier University Jazz Summer School, where the workshop took place.

Fiona Alexander, Producer of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, said: "We are honoured and delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay have chosen to visit the Jazz & Blues Festival.

"We hope they will enjoy gaining an insight into one of our community projects and also hearing some of the diverse music that we present at the festival from both international and homegrown talent."

The Prince will also visit Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh.

The 100-year-old tapestry studio is now homed in a renovated Victorian swimming pool which also hosts exhibitions and houses a cafe and shop. His Royal Highness has a keen interest in preserving traditional skills, and runs a number of workshops in the traditional craft and skills
centre at Dumfries House in South East Ayrshire.

Later, The Duchess watched a baton handover and attended a reception to celebrate the success of the Royal Voluntary Service's Scottish Baton Pass Challenge.

It began on 22nd April  and will cover 2,500 miles across land and water in 92 days, involving Scots aged two to 103

The Royal Voluntary Service Scotland is running its own baton pass challenge to celebrate the power of volunteering. The Duchess of Cornwall became the President of Royal Voluntary Service in December 2012.

The Duchess of Cornwall, together with The Prince of Wales, was Patron of  the RVS's search for the UK’s Diamond Champions - older people who give their time to improve the lives of those around them ”“ which demonstrates her commitment to recognising the vital role volunteers play in society.