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Traditional Arts education in Aberdeenshire.
The Aberdeen branch organise a monthly session and a number of other events throughout the year that promote Scots and Doric traditional music and song.
In addition to its annual festival in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, the festival has a well established outreach programme, involving young people from the surrounding area in the rich musical traditions of this part of Scotland.
SCaT’s aim is to promote awareness and growth of Scottish traditional culture, and to do so in a way which brings enjoyment, encouragement, enthusiasm and a sense of community. It organises weekly classes in music, song and dance in Aberdeen.
The Scots Music Group is an Edinburgh-based charity which builds communities through active involvement in traditional music. It teaches Scottish traditional music, song and dance, runs a wide variety of events, and supports its members to build their confidence and skills so they can take music out into the wider community. “Our members are building links, spreading goodwill, and involving people round about in the joy of traditional music, song and dance.”
Sangstream is a community Scots folk choir, based in Edinburgh. The choir has
60 members, and performs regularly at community and charity events.
It is open to all and meets once a week on Thursday evenings.
Sangstream recorded a CD ‘More than a Choir’ in 2012, celebrating both the
group’s singing and social activities.
Riverside Music Project began in 2005, and is a community group offering low-cost opportunities for all ages and abilities to come together to learn and play traditional music.The core of our activities are family sessions on Sunday evenings, at Stirling Rowing Club. Sessions are led, but informal. We encourage more able players to help beginners, and particularly support family and intergenerational learning.
Riddell Fiddles, based in the Scottish Borders,was established to allow anybody to learn the fiddle, by providing inexpensive fun-filled lessons for young and old alike. Riddell Fiddles has now branched out to include performances, and guitar accompaniment, run by Donald Knox. The emphasis is on performing with musicians working together and listening to each other. Fiddle Lessons and Guitar Accompaniment Classes are held in the Argus Centre, Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders, on Sundays.
The Academy has been teaching traditional folk, blues and acoustic music to students of all ages for over 4 years. They have over 13 teachers offering regular tuition in Fiddle, Singing, Guitar, Accordion, Piano, Wind & Sax; Drums from their teaching base in Melrose. Their continued success is due to offering top quality music tuition with some of the best tutors around as well as providing a warm, friendly and welcoming environment.
LMN is the largest provider of live music to the UK’s welfare, educational, justice and health sectors, with a unique resource of specially trained, young, professional musicians, including traditional musicians.
The Liltin Lassies is a fun singing group based in Dunblane. Classes are friendly, relaxed and sociable, and anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join! They sing many different genres of song, but specialise in Scots song and are taught by Amy Lord – a graduate of the Scottish Music Degree at the RSAMD (now RCS).
Glasgow Fiddle Workshop offers classes teaching a variety of musical instruments and song, mainly through the medium of traditional Scottish music. We use an extensive group of professional and semi-professional tutors who are highly experienced performers and educators. Monday and Wednesday classes take place at John Wheatley College. We also run occasional Come-and-Try sessions and Workshops in various places throughout the year to encourage wider participation and support of Traditional Music.
Based in Aberdeenshire, Gadie Music are committed to providing top quality music tuition at affordable prices to as many local adults and young people as possible. They offer community projects, workshops and tuition, schools partnerships, concerts and ceilidhs, and open traditional music sessions.
Tutored and organised by Jenny Gardner and Gica Loening, Fun Fiddle is based in Portobello, Edinburgh and offers weekly childrens and adults traditional fiddle classes for all levels. Fun Fiddle often takes part in local community events and we encourage all levels of players to perform together in public as well as at our own termly fiddle stramashes.
In the 19th century, the Dundee merchant Andrew J Wighton amassed a great collection of early printed Scottish music books. The collection is now housed in a purpose-built study centre and performance space in Dundee City Library. The Friends exists to help make the collection and the centre more accessible to the people of Dundee, Fife and Angus.
Based in Portobello, Edinburgh, FluteFling is an opportunity for adults to learn traditional music on flutes and whistles in a group setting. Led by Gordon Turnbull, the emphasis is on playing for enjoyment and is open to all levels and experience: to simple system wooden flute players, modern Boehm system instruments, low whistles and tin whistles. There are regular classes and occasional workshops throughout the year and students come together for informal musical gatherings.
Fèisean nan Gàidheal was established in 1991 as the independent umbrella association of the Fèis movement. It is a membership organisation that offers a range of services to its members including grant-aid, training, insurance, and instrument loans.
Providing access to top quality tuition and performance opportunities in traditional music and Gaelic language for young people throughout the Cairngorms National Park.
‘Fèis’ has come to mean a tuition festival, usually for children and young people, which celebrates the music and song culture connected with the Gaelic language. Rois is the Gaelic word for Ross-shire, the home area in which Fèis Rois is based. Fèis Rois organises popular weekend tuition events for young people (and adults) and is also a major agency for other traditional music work in the Highlands and beyond.
EYG was set up in 1995 to provide opportunities for young people from across Edinburgh to come together and learn skills in traditional Scottish music. It has now grown and , in addition to the hugely popular annual Easter event, EYG has a year-round programme for young people aged 9 – 25. These opportunities range from the weekly Craigmillar Ceilidh Club and Wester Hailes Music Mondays where young people can learn skills in singing, song writing, guitar, fiddle and keyboard to performance opportunities at international festivals abroad.
Based in Blackford in Perthshire, the group supports players from complete beginners onwards in fiddle, flute, small pipes, whistle, guitar, concertina and other instruments. It has performance groups including a ceilidh band and holds workshops, weekly sessions on Fridays and events throughout the year.
Angus Folk is a community singing group, with a passion for local and traditional songs and singing in general. They can be found singing in Kirriemuir each Tuesday at 7.30pm at East and Old Parish Church, Bank Street, Kirriemuir.
Curated by Christine Kydd, one of Scotland’s most respected and experienced freelance educators in culture, tradition and song, Ceilidhmakers is fun, creative and curriculum-enhancing, encouraging pupils to participate together and create songs exploring English and Scots language.
The Feral Choir is based at Castle Douglas, in the heart of Galloway, South West Scotland. We are a choir which actively encourages membership from a broad community. We use teaching methods that make music accessible to anyone, regardless of musical background. Entrance to the choir is without audition.
SeaSang is a new singing group formed to give community choir members the chance to sing more challenging music and also take part in singing in different settings such as theatre productions and multi arts events. The repertoire is based on Scottish traditional music and song - from all era's and encompassing all traditions. Contact: email@example.com
At Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop fiddle playing is taught traditionally, by ear; music provided but reading is not essential.
Adult (16+) classes are based in Strachur with occasional other events around Cowal / mid-Argyll.
Tutors are well qualified and experienced in Scots fiddle playing techniques.
All abilities catered for – total beginners to advanced; come along and try it!
Davno is a female singing collective based in Edinburgh and performing songs from the vocal traditions of Poland, Russia and Ukraine. In their approach they try to be as close to the old and traditional techniques of singing as they can, however, they sometimes enrich the songs with a touch of a more contemporary sound.
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