This year’s concert tour by the S6 students of Sgoil Chiùil Na Gàidhealtachd covers the Central Belt of Scotland from east to west.
These tours are always a highlight of the session, and give the students a great opportunity to get out and share their music, not only with the audiences, but also with the many young musicians they meet at workshops or who provide support at the gigs.
The tour kicks off on Sunday 18 March with an afternoon gig at the Niel Gow Fiddle Festival in the beautiful and historic Perthshire village of Dunkeld & Birnam. The concert is at the Birnam Arts Centre and we’ll be sharing the bill with Patsy Reid and Alistair Paterson amongst others.
On Monday 19 March we will be heading over to the Kingdom of Fife to undertake school workshops during the day and we will round the day off with a performance at Falkland Community Hall.
Tuesday 20 March will see us spending the whole day at Riverside Music Complex in Glasgow. This will give everyone a great opportunity to find out more about all aspects of the music industry and we will also have the chance to do some recording. After a busy day there, we will be unwinding at a ceilidh at The National Piping Centre in aid of Friends of Plockton Music School (FPMS). This will be more of a social event than a conventional gig and is a thank-you from the Music School and the Friends Trustees for all the support we have had from FPMS in recent years. The S6 students of Sgoil Chiùil Na Gàidhealtachd will open the evening, and we hope to be joined by a few of the alumni for some tunes, songs, and maybe even a dance or two. We are looking forward to catching up with lots of former pupils.
Wardie Primary School in Granton, Edinburgh is our destination for Wednesday 21 March – we will spend all day working with pupils and then put on a concert in the evening.
On Thursday 22 March, after another busy day of school workshops around the Stirling area, we are delighted to be returning to the award-winning Tolbooth for an evening performance.
We’ll be travelling back to Plockton on the morning of Friday 23 April, for the last night of the tour - our S6 Leavers’ Recital which will take place at the atmospheric Eilean Donan Castle. This is a private event for invited guests and is always one of the highlights of our year.
Details for the public concerts are as follows:
Niel Gow Fiddle Festival, Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam, PH8 0DS. Sunday 18th March, 2:30 p.m. Tickets £15 from www.birnamarts.com, Tel: - 01350 727674.
Falkland Community Hall, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX. Monday 19th March, 8 p.m. Tickets £5 and are available on the door or from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW. Tuesday 20th March, 8 p.m. Entry by donation.
Wardie Primary School, Granton Road, Edinburgh, EH5 3NJ. Wednesday 21st March, 6.30 p.m. Entry by donation; reservations at email@example.com.
The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE. Thursday 22nd March, 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £8, free for U18s, from http://culturestirling.org/events/national-centre-excellence-traditional-music-final-year-students/.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Plockton High School, including Sgoil Chiuil na Gaidhealtachd and the Pupil Residence, was inspected by HMIe in November 2014 and the report was published in February 2015. The overall report was very favourable, and the Music School and Residence were particularly commended.
The report can be viewed by clicking here, and the accompanying Evidence Document here. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our students, tutors, staff and parents for the continuing support that makes such an outcome achievable, and in particular to express our gratitude for the support we receive from our colleagues in Plockton High School and the Pupil Residence.