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'Since its inception, Caithness.Org has grown into a massive resource for information about Caithness. With local news, geography, history and entertainment, Caithness.Org continues to provide thousands of photos from many people, events and places around the county ... Arts.Caithness.Org is similar to the business index except it's for the Arts, covering everything from Painters to Pipe Bands. Also providing Arts news on the site and by RSS newsfeed.'

 

‘Devised by The Highland Council in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the Promoters Arts Network ... The BLAS Festival aims to play a role in celebrating the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland. BLAS will do this in part by creating the opportunities for young musicians to play and learn with leading artists in traditional music and Gaelic. BLAS will also widen the opportunities for communities to experience and enjoy live music and Gaelic performances which support their culture.’ Held Mid November at a wide range of venues across Highland.

 

Category Folk Festivals
Also indexedFèisean nan Gàidheal

‘Bute's newest family-friendly weekend festival, packed with Live Music, Food, Craft Beers/Ciders, Family Fun and Entertainment.’ Held Late July.

 

‘Every July the beautiful hebridean island of Islay is home to Cantilena's professional musicians and students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland who together bring their unique sound of chamber music to residents and visitors, with many of the concerts being held in the famous Islay Malt Whisky distilleries.’

 

Also indexedRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland

Ceol is a live music venture situated in the famous seaport of Campbeltown on Scotland’s historic Kintyre peninsula. Events are shared across two locations at the neighbouring Seafield and Ardshiel Hotels ... Ceol is a “must- visit” experience for genuine music lovers and a “must-play” stage for the finest musicians across the genres. Whether they are troubadours, exponents of blues, jazz, rock, folk or Americana music, Ceol is the place for them to be seen and heard in Kintyre.Many of our headliners will be well known and of international standing, others less so. However, the one thing we can guarantee is that the quality of the music will always shine through.’

 

Category Folk Clubs

'Students come from across the world to the school, held annually in July in Dalabrog, South Uist, to experience traditional music and dance in a community setting. Expert tuition in piping, fiddle, song, dance and the Gaelic language are offered over a backdrop of community events, including cèilidhs, concerts and guided walks.' Held Early July.

 

Comar is an exciting arts organisation based in Tobermory, merging the renowned An Tobar arts centre & prolific Mull Theatre. We specialise in visual arts, music, and theatre and are dedicated to making good things happen across art forms on and off our beautiful island home. As well as our producing and commissioning our own work, we host a varied programme of incoming shows - theatre, dance, gigs, comedy film, family shows, community events and more.’

 

'As an inspirational working space with accommodation, Crear & the arts charity space to create connects individuals & organisations across the arts worldwide through innovative residencies & collaborations, including writers retreats, masterclasses, recordings & public concerts. Our doors are kept open by all the wonderful weddings hosted throughout the year, in addition to support from public funding & private donations.'

 

‘A non profit making charitable organisation, promoting a diverse range of arts activity- visual, musical and cultural on the Black Isle. We have a beautifully restored venue - the Stables - where we host performances, exhibitions, craft fairs, ceilidhs, theatre productions and films. It's a terrific place for a wedding too!’

 

'A 2-day residential harp village in the beautiful seaside town of Cromarty on the Black Isle. The Harp Village will include a Saturday evening all-inclusive session in the Loft Studio of the Old Brewery - a great space for a session and wonderful acoustics. There are workshops all day Saturday and Sunday for recent beginner/elementary and intermediate/advanced ability levels. Other abilities can be provided for.' Held Mid September.

 

‘Taking place in venues mostly in the Sleat peninsula at the southern end of  the Island, the Skye Festival or ‘Fèis an Eilein’ is a celebration of island culture and performing arts with a strong focus on Scottish traditional music, all spiced up with Jazz, Theatre, and lots, lots more. Organised by SEALL, the festival hosts around 30 top quality events in music and innovative theatre, with a community-led fringe programme of house concerts, charity cafés, environmental days, food and drink, art exhibitions and ceilidhs.’ Held July - August.

 

Category Arts Festivals
Also indexedSkye Festival

’Fèis an Tairbeirt was established in 2016 by a group of volunteers who are keen to ensure that people of all ages in Mid-Argyll and Kintyre are offered the chance to learn to play an instrument and experience the joy of playing music together with others ... Fèis in Scottish Gaelic means “festival” or “feast.” It 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.‘

 

‘Fèis Latharna is an organisation that promotes traditional music and Gaelic culture in the Oban & Lorn area. The Fèis operates term time Saturday classes in a variety of instruments at all levels as well as a week long tuition festival every Easter.’

 

Fèis Rois enables people of all ages to access, participate in and enjoy the traditional arts and Gaelic language through a diverse programme of activities in Ross & Cromarty, across Scotland and beyond. Based in Dingwall, Fèis Rois is widely recognised as a national leader in the arts, particularly in music education. The organisation aims to give young people and lifelong learners the opportunity to experience and engage with traditional music and Gaelic culture in a way that supports them in developing their social skills and inspires them to reach their full potential.’

 

‘Four day festival set against the unique backdrop of the the Hebrides. Organised by the HCF Trust, this first festival was held in 1996 and now regularly attracts attendances of 14,000 over its four day run. Wild, but not a bit woolly, this festival has built up a fabulously loyal audience locally and from across the world, many of whom have Hebridean ties, many of whom just love coming here and joining in the great party. The festival is a not for profit event run by the community for the community, supported by local and national funding agencies, the goodwill of local businesses and community, and the many volunteers who give of their free time to make it happen.’ Held Mid July.

 

Category Folk Festivals
Also indexedHebCelt

‘One-stop-shop for music by and for young people in the Highlands ... See everything that's happening, go to What’s On for workshops, live music and festivals, or Opportunities for funding, jobs and CPD ... Planning, or know of an event or opportunity you think young musicians in the Highlands would benefit from or enjoy? Then Contact Us and we’ll post it ... The Highland Youth Music Forum brings together organisations and individuals who provide opportunities for young people (aged 0 – 25) to participate in music making activities across the Highlands. The Forum aims to strengthen links between the formal and informal music sectors, creating a dynamic Highland wide music partnership.’

 

Also indexedHighland Youth Music Forum

‘The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival has developed into one of Scotland’s major cultural festivals, and takes place annually in Oban, Scotland. The event has developed to include new special events and competitions, and the festival now offers over 1100 participants 125 competition classes in eleven disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, singing, woodwind & brass, highland dancing and choreography.’ Held Early May.

 

'The Inverness Music Festival and the Highlights concerts are organised and run by the Inverness Festival Association. Inverness Music Festival is a competitive music festival open to all ages and abilities. Performers are adjudicated on their performance.' Held Late February.

 

'Every year we have a diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. 2014 was our thirtieth year, so we must be doing something right! For the last number of years all of the Islay distilleries have held open days throughout the week of the festival, adding to the mix ...'

 

'Began in 1988 and has been staged annually on the First Weekend of May ever since – 2017 marked our 30th Festival ... The Festival continues to attract top class UK and international bands in mainly the Traditional New Orleans idiom. The Festival is a great supporter of young musicians who feature prominently in the annual programme.' 

Category Jazz Festivals
Also indexedBute Manouche

'Our wee festival is probably the smallest and most intimate traditional music festival in Scotland, as the island Village Hall where we hold our headline events has a capacity of about 150. Many of our festival-goers are regulars: we know them by name, and they're always welcome to have a blether while booking their tickets ...' Held Late June.

 

Category Folk Festivals

'All levels of player are welcome as well as listeners who just enjoy traditional accordion and fiddle music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Our audience always enjoy hearing good music. No reasonable offer to play will be turned down. It may surprise you but many of our members have never touched, let alone played an accordion or fiddle. Our Club night is a family affair, we have members from 8 to 80. All are made welcome ... The Isle of Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival is usually held annually Late May.

 

Also indexedIsle of Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival

‘Our purpose, as recorded in our constitution, is to organize and run a Music Festival on the Isle of Jura, provide opportunities for young people to learn/improve their music based skill and help them refine and develop those skills in the future. By bringing in top class musicians every year to perform and run workshops, the instruction and inspiration they provide is invaluable. Through our youth education programme we have been able to help through a small annual grant, a number of young people to fulfill their potential and follow their chosen path.’ Held Late September.

 

Category Folk Festivals

'The Festival aims to showcase and promote the song writing and musical talent in Kintyre. It also aims to encourage a new generation of local songwriters and musicians, by means of donations to local musical groups/organisations and the presentation of an annual memorial quaiche at Campbeltown Grammar School for original folk song ...' Held Late April.

 

‘We use all sorts of venues on Islay which have masses of character, however some of their facilities are limited. Doors will open 15 minutes before the concert time - generally there is nowhere to wait apart from outside. Let's hope for good weather ...’ Held Mid September.

 

Category Jazz Festivals

‘Founded in 1997 by local composer and singer, Patrick Stephen-Samuels. From its outset, the Festival has sought to bring internationally-renowned musicians to the Loch Shiel area, and to engage with the local community of music lovers. Year on year, the festival grows in scope and vision and is now established as one of the UK's most unique and exciting chamber music festivals.’ Held Mid April.

 

Founded in 1974: ‘The support given to the Festival by schools, teachers, competitors, parents and the general public is greatly appreciated. The committee and members would welcome added support from anyone interested in encouraging the competitors to continue developing their skills in their chosen discipline. Support can be given in many ways, especially by attending the various Festival Sessions throughout the week. Anyone interested in giving additional help should contact a member of the committee.’ Held Mid March.

 

‘Provides young professional musicians with opportunities to develop their practical music skills in a place of outstanding natural beauty ... There is an astonishing range of concerts and recitals to choose from, and audiences are welcome to sit in on rehearsals at the Aros Hall, Tobermory. Whether your taste is Mendelssohn or Mozart, Brahms or Beethoven, the festival brings to the island a chance to hear and learn in a setting of great natural beauty and interest.’ Held Early September.

 

'The MAAA has existed since June 1983. Its object is to encourage and promote the Arts in Mid Argyll - including Dance, Drama, Music, Opera, Poetry and the Visual Arts. The Association is a member of the Argyll and Bute Concert Tour Group ( ABCT) and co-operates with the music clubs of Bute, Kintyre, Cowal, Islay and Oban on the choice of fifty percent of the top  class professional musicians invited to perform.'

 

‘This Music Festival is committed to promoting and developing skills in singing, instrument playing and recitation, as well as showcasing a raft of local and visiting talent across the age groups. Particularly popular during the week are the concert-type competitions held in the evenings, when high standards of musicianship and entertainment are enjoyed annually by large audiences.’ Held Late March.

 

'Encourages the use and development of the Gaelic language and music through voice, choral, oral and instrumental competitions. Local residents and visitors alike are thrilled to hear the Gaelic language brought to life through ancient and modern songs and bardachd (poetry) and also the use of the language in conversation ... The Mòd is not just a competitive event it is a social gathering for all those interested in the language and music. A large number of those attending do so just as a member of the audience and many local residents have described the local Mòd as their big day out!' Held Early September.

 

‘Arguably the best free music festival in the world.’ Held Late April.

 

Category Folk Festivals

'An event for all the family which celebrates traditional and contemporary Scottish, Irish and Pan Celtic music. Based in Campbeltown, the event has a great mix of free outdoor events, concerts, ceilidh’s, music sessions, workshops, children’s entertainment, heritage trail walks, and parades in large venues to intimate halls. Past bands to appear at the MOK Fest are The Fratellis, The View, The Time Frequency (TTF), The Saw Doctors, Deacon Blue, Capercaillie, Idlewild, Ally Bain & Phil Cunningham, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Stranglers. If you fancy an adventure and good music in this is the event for you.' Held Mid August.

 

Category Folk Festivals

Event held on the Isle of Coll, a small Island close to the Isle of Mull: ‘A very special and important chamber music study & performance week for talented Young Musicians at the start of their professional careers ... The Young Musicians attend by invitation of the Trust which bears the cost in full. Attendance is for established chamber groups only ... The schedule allows for extensive rehearsal as well as much needed performing opportunities for all in the four public concerts during the week ... During the week there are a number of workshops with local schoolchildren, who benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of the young musicians attending the course ... We are also very happy for a limited number of audience members to listen to some of the “Master Classes” during the week.‘ Held Early July.

 

Meets ‘First Thursday of each month (Oct - April)‘.

 

‘The event was created following the open-air concert ‘DECADE’ in 2015 – the 10th Anniversary celebration of trad-fusion band Skerryvore that attracted 6000 people from all over the world to Oban. Such was the reaction and impact of the event, 98% of attendees requested that it became an annual event. From this, Oban Live was formed in 2016 with the aim of showcasing the very best Scottish and International artists as part of both the open-air concert and Oban Live Fringe events.‘ Held Early June.

 

‘We are a voluntary organisation dedicated to bringing top quality classical music and musicians to Oban. Most of our concerts are held on Sunday afternoons between October and March ... No charge is made for children and young people attending our concerts.’

 

Orkney Arts Forum supports the development of arts and culture within Orkney. The forum consists of representatives from artforms including music, visual arts, literature, drama, dance, storytelling, craft, architecture and new media, and film as well as key organisations and community groups. The forum meets quarterly to discuss the priorities for the arts in Orkney and acts as a consultation group for the arts development service within Orkney Islands Council.’

 

'Orkney is a group of around 70 islands, situated just off the northern coast of Scotland. The festival is based in Stromness, in Orkney’s West Mainland, where around two thirds of all events take place. Other venues and locations vary year to year.' Held Late May.

 

Category Folk Festivals

‘Traditional accordion and fiddle music has always been popular in Orkney, with musical talent and tunes passing from one generation to the next. The project helps to encourage and inspire involvement in traditional music, with a group of approximately 90 children and adults benefiting from weekly tuition. We would be delighted for anyone with an interest in music to take part, so please get in touch if you would like to get involved!‘

 

‘The Isle of Raasay Bass Clarinet Course has been held each April since 2009. A bassoon course has run alongside this course since 2013. Further courses for clarinet and flute are now held each October. We offer unique courses in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, set on a remote Scottish island, overlooking the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye.’

 

SEALL is a lively arts promoter based in the Sleat peninsula in the south of Skye. Every year we bring around 80 amazing acts to the area with a mixture of well-known names and lesser known, but rising talent. From traditional and classical music, to jazz, blues, opera and folk; from contemporary dance to ballet, from ceilidhs to theatre to stand-up comedy and literature ... SEALL was established in 1991 and our name has a dual meaning: “Skye Events for All”, and “Look” or “See” in Gaelic.’ SEALL delivers the two-month-long Fèis an Eilein (The Skye Festival) in July and August each year.

 

Also indexedSkye Events for All | Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

'Promotes the best in traditional Shetland music, holding events throughout the year, as well as the annual Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival usually held Early October.

 

Also indexedShetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival

'Founded in 2006. It brought together the work of two organisations (Shetland Arts Trust and the Islesburgh Trust) whose collective histories provide Shetland Arts with a local, national and international reputation for arts development and delivery, built over 20 years of work and innovation. Today, the purpose of SADA is to place the Arts at the heart of Shetland, to educate, promote, support and develop the practice and enjoyment of the Arts by all ... Mareel is the UK's most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre, operated by Shetland Arts Development Agency.'

 

Also indexedMareel

'The UK's most northerly folk festival, it is regarded as a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike. Organised by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the Isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.' Held Early May.

 

Category Folk Festivals

‘Shetland Arts' Fiddle Frenzy is a fiddle school focused on teaching the unique fiddle traditions of our islands, and to enable visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in Shetland culture and lifestyle. Around the daily classes, we programme nightly concerts to showcase our local artists, and a festival club to experience a Shetland session. Not forgetting the site seeing tours of course ... After taking a break for 2018, Fiddle Frenzy has been developed into Folk Frenzy, still with a significant fiddle focus but broadening the festival out to include other aspects of folk music and explore how the Shetland Fiddle tradition fits in with the rest of the traditional music scene elsewhere in the world.’ Held Mid July.

 

Also indexedShetland Fiddle Frenzy

Organized ‘Jazz and World Sounds’ regular events - including a Jazz Festival. More recently have promoted only occasional happenings.

 

Category Jazz Clubs
Also indexedShetland Jazz Club

'Skye Chamber Music (formerly Skye Arts Guild) is the Isle of Skye's only established chamber music society. We offer a varied programme of six or seven live performances by highly gifted professional musicians every year. Our seasons extend from the Autumn to the following Spring. The performances range from early music to contemporary, and the performers from solo instrumentalists to small chamber orchestras and choral groups.'

 

'Orkney's midsummer celebration of the arts. Founded in 1977 by a group including the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Festival has grown from small beginnings into one of Britain's most highly regarded and adventurous arts events.' Held Mid June.

 

Category Arts Festivals

The Music Festival has been ‘running since 1988 and held during September just when the nights are starting to draw in. We all need something to look forward to as autumn approaches.There will be a full programme of music, with a variety of bands playing in various locations throughout the village. Traditionally, on the Sunday on the fish quay an open air concert is held from 1.30pm to 6pm ... If you wish to be involved in the party come along and bring your instrument and join in on Friday or Saturday in the local bars. Impromptu sessions are encouraged. Local talent is showcased. It’s a great weekend’. Held Mid September.

 

‘A folk festival based on the Isle of Islay. The weekend accommodates people of all ages, including concerts, trad sessions, workshops and of course, a whisky tour!‘ Held Late November.

 

Category Folk Festivals

Meets ‘First Monday of each month (Oct - May)’ at 7.30pm.

 

‘Held at the grounds of An Talla overlooking Crossapol Bay, TMF boasts one of the most stunning festival backdrops in the world. Between the music pop down to the beach for a walk in the sand or a dip in the sea (if brave enough!) Formed in 2010, TMF has achieved 7 successive sell outs but is now capped at 2000 people to keep its intimate and family friendly atmosphere.’ Held Mid July.

 

'From singer songwriter to bands. Great live music on the Beautiful Isle Of Bute ... Transclyde Music is a group of volunteers who share a passion for live music and hold regular gigs throughout the year in a variety of venues here on the Isle of Bute. Since we formed in 2010, we have had the pleasure of hearing many fine musicians from across the globe. Our gigs have become so popular that we are now being approached by musicians who either want to visit for the first time, or those who have already played here and wish to return. This means that we always have a full and varied programme of superb music.'

 

Category Folk Clubs

'Saturday (Fortnightly) each month (Oct - April).’ Organize ‘special events in the summer’.

 

'So why is the UGF so special? Perhaps it’s the mix of music old and new, of electric and acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned performers and those, like the students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, just starting out on their careers. Perhaps it’s the location on Loch Broom and the drive up through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps it’s the informal air of the whole weekend: there’s no “us and them”, no VIP area. Everyone mingles, and you’re likely to find yourself sitting beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club – or even jamming with them on one of the trade stands ...' Held Early October.

 

'A week-long music break for amateur chamber music players. Under the expert guidance of a team of professional tutors, you will play chamber music, in pre-determined groups, during the mornings from Sunday to Friday. The emphasis is on "organised informality" so there will be plenty of opportunity to consult the coaches on any technical or musical issues you may have.' Held Early August.

 

Meets 'third Tuesday of each month (Sept - May)' at 7.30pm.

 

Formed in 1983: 'The past few years have seen Campbeltown Brass grow and develop into a three-tier organisation with a beginner, a junior and a senior (Contest) band. Many of the members of the Junior Band are also part of the Contest Band. Despite the average age of the contest band being so young Campbeltown Brass has always managed to compete successfully across Scotland, and the associated junior bands have consistently won their sections in the Scottish Youth Championships. Campbeltown Brass is one of the furthest travelled bands in Scotland. Every contest requires a minimum of a 300 mile round trip and frequently an overnight stay is required!' [National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain]

 

'We are a group of secondary aged pipers and drummers from Inverness and the surrounding area. We play at various events across the City of Inverness.'

'All the mystery and passion of Scotland's ancient musical heritage evoked by the voices and authentic instruments of the Highland consort, Coronach.'

 

‘The North’s friendly choral society! ...  Dingwall Choral endeavor to perform two concerts annually ... New members are always welcome. No auditions are required, however some choral experience is helpful.’

 

Category Choral Societies

'Was formed in 1954. Since then it has enjoyed many successes, both nationally and internationally. It participates annually in Scotland’s most prestigious Gaelic Festival, the Royal National Mòd, and has won many of the top choral awards, including the Lovat and Tullibardine shield on ten occasions.'

 

Category Gaelic Choirs

'We're a friendly, mixed choir, about 65 strong. We rehearse and perform in and around Helensburgh & Lomond on the west coast of Scotland. We have stunning views across the 3-mile wide Firth of Clyde, and 8 miles the other way, over the Black Hill, are the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond ... Our entry requirement is that you can sing a scale and a line of music in tune. If you can read music that will he an advantage and if not you will learn how to do that through practise during rehearsal.'

 

Category Choral Societies

‘To the delight of our audiences, drawn from local residents to regular visitors from over 50 miles away, we perform choral works of the highest standard with professional orchestras and soloists. In addition to our large-scale concerts, we also undertake a number of charity concerts in venues from Stirling to Haddington. If you are interested in the choir performing in your area, please feel free to contact us.’

Category Choral Societies

‘An established amateur orchestra which plays a range of classical music from early to modern music ... Membership is open to anyone who plays at Grade V level or above - there is a waiting list for some sections of the orchestra. The orchestra meet once a week at the Victoria Halls in Helensburgh from August to Easter. Funding is from members' subscriptions, donations and grants from Making Music and various charitable trusts. Gift Aid is increasingly a major part of funding. Concerts are performed twice a year (December and March) in the Victoria Halls, Helensburgh and occasionally elsewhere ... We encourage young and/or local soloists to perform concertos with us; including past and present members of the orchestra and students at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and also perform with professional soloists.’

 

‘In Scotland, brass bands can be found in almost every region and community, however it was identified that in the Highlands there was a huge gap where brass bands have either never been found, or brass music has fizzled out over time. The idea of Highland Brass was born out of discussions between Lorna Bias and Mark Bell, with the idea that a community brass band could be set up to service the Highland community. From these discussions a Brass Taster Day was organised for June 2013 ... and was a success with upwards of 30 players attending on the day. With such encouraging results a committee was formed to push the idea forward to inception.’

 

'The Highland Chamber Orchestra aims to provide appealing and affordable concerts with a wide-ranging repertoire, as a contribution to the overall musical life of the Highlands. In addition to performing concerts in Inverness, the orchestra serves those outlying areas which do not regularly benefit from live classical performances ... Four concerts are given annually, by musicians resident in the Highland area ... The orchestra welcomes new members – particularly in the string sections. We currently have a strong wind and brass section, but players of these instruments are welcome to make contact with a view to joining our "reserve" list. If you play to around grade 8 standard, we’d be pleased to hear from you ... '

 

’The Friends of Highland Young Musicians is a representative group of parents/carers who are able to voice opinions about Highland Young Musicians activities and plans, with a specific remit to raise funds where possible, to enhance the generous support afforded these activities by The Highland Council ... With members gaining places from all over Highland the HYM groups represent youth music making at the highest levels: Highland Regional Youth Orchestra; Highland Youth String Orchestra; 'snas; Highland Youth Wind Band; Coisir G; Highland Youth Choir; Highland Pulse.’

Also indexedFriends of Highland Young Musicians

'The largest choir in the Highlands of Scotland and draws singers from a wide area around Inverness. The Choral Society presents two main concerts every year, in Spring and Autumn.'

 

Category Choral Societies

‘Since our inception in 1977 Inverness Fiddlers have always been part of the local scene, playing for public events and for charities, retirement homes and other good causes. We also play for concerts and ceilidhs throughout the Highlands, and have close links with other fiddle societies in Scotland.’ The Inverness Fiddlers’ Rally is an annual event usually held Mid March.

 

Also indexedInverness Fiddlers’ Rally

‘Although history shows the formation of a pipe band on Islay in the early 1950’s, it wasn’t until 1992 that islanders decided to start the current Islay Pipe Band, which was duly formed and subsequently registered with the Royal Pipe Band Association in Glasgow ... The band travels to all the major competitions ... The band plays at numerous local events including Feis Ile, the Islay Beach Rugby Tournament and the Jura Music Festival.’

 

Category Pipe Bands

'Còisir Ghàidhlig an Eilein Mhuilich, the Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir, was founded in the spring of 1978, solely to compete at that year's mod when it was realised that Mull needed more representation at the National Mod ... "just for that year" ... Needless to say, it was agreed at the first Annual General Meeting that the Choir should remain in existence, and it has gone from strength to strength ...'

 

Category Gaelic Choirs

‘Based in Portree, on the Isle of Skye. We regularly play at functions across the north of Scotland, with our regular spot being in Somerled Square in Portree during the summer months.‘

 

Category Pipe Bands

‘On the 23rd November 1919, a pipe band was formed to parade through the streets of Kirkwall to commemorate the Armistice of 1918. Appearing only in civilian clothes, this was the first public appearance of what was to become the Kirkwall City Pipe Band (KCPB). One hundred years later, Kirkwall City is now a thriving and sociable band of around 70 pipers and drummers, including both learners as well as established players, with members ranging from their teens to their 70s.’

 

Category Pipe Bands

Lerwick Brass Band is Britain's most northerly, and Shetland's only, brass band. The Band was founded in 1863, and has gone from strength to strength since ... There are currently 27 members in the band, along with several other occasional members. There are no fees to join or play in the band. If you're keen to join the band, find out more, or just visiting the islands and have an interest in local music, then please come along to a practice. Everyone is welcome, and we have instruments for anyone to borrow.’

 

'Stornoway, the principal town of the Island of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland, is home of the Lewis Pipe Band. The Band parade in the town centre every Saturday evening from the end of May till the end of August, weather permitting! ... As well as competing, the Band plays at a variety of events and gala days throughout the Western Isles ... The Band is purely a voluntary body, and a registered charity, the Members receive no payment for their services, and it is totally dependent on public support for its continued existence.'

 

Category Pipe Bands

‘We are a juvenile pipe band based at Lochaber High School in Fort William. The band is a self financing group originally formed in 1970 ... We perform at Highland games, gala days, street parades and charity events in and around the Lochaber area. From mid June until the end of August, we perform on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in and around Cameron Square, Fort William.’

'A small chamber choir that is based in Orkney, a group of islands to the north of Scotland. It was founded in 1988 by Neil Price for the purpose of performing any choral music for a choir of such a size that would challenge and stretch its abilities. Although the aim is to achieve high standards, the choir is run informally, never losing sight of the fact that its main purpose is to provide recreation for its members. The choir performs frequently throughout Orkney and especially in St Magnus Cathedral, a magnificent building constructed by the Vikings in 1137.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs

‘Began in 2007 with support from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. It is one of a growing network of NYCoS Area Choirs across Scotland ... NYCoS Isle of Lewis Choir recruits annually from Primary 3 and 4 in the Western Isles area. Our free half-hour workshops are a fun and informal way to try out singing and games with others (where possible, with children from the same school). Our staff will then assess each singer's potential for membership to the choir.’

 

 

Also indexedCoisir Naiseanta Oigridh Alba | National Youth Choir of Scotland

‘Comunn Ciuil an Òbain (Oban Gaelic Musical Association) is the umbrella organisation of which Còisir Ghàidhlig an Òbain (Oban Gaelic Choir) is part. We have associate members who form Càirdean Còisir Ghàidhlig an Òbain (Friends of Oban Gaelic Choir) and they are non-singing supporters who help raise funds and promote the Choir, one of the oldest Gaelic Choirs in Scotland. We meet weekly, usually on Monday evenings, from 7.30-9.30. in Oban. Often, we have other practices, depending on events and performances. We take every opportunity to sing and attend local Mòds as well as the National Mòd when it’s practical but we sing primarily for enjoyment and the fun and friendship we have together.’

 

Category Gaelic Choirs

‘We have a full calendar of events where you can come and see us play, including competitions, local events and busking in the Station Square in Oban during the Summer ... OHS Pipe Band provides tuition, support and an amazing experience for youngsters in the area.’

 

‘The Peninsula Choir was set up in September 2010. We have a membership of almost 50. Week to week around 35 of us get together to sing and learn our new repertoire for the two concerts we put on in a season ...  The majority of the members do not read music ... We never hold auditions. All welcome. This is a community choir.’ The Choir are based in Cove Burgh Hall, which was bought by the local community from Argyll & Bute Council in 2001, determined to ‘make it the vibrant, focal hub "soul" of the communities of Cove, Kilcreggan and the wider Rosneath Peninsula in terms of adding distinct value to the everyday social and cultural lives and wellbeing of local residents’.

Category Community Choirs

‘Còisir Sgìre Phort Rìgh, the Portree District Gaelic Choir take their name from the main town on the Isle of Skye, however their members come from all parts of the island and beyond. The choir currently compete at the Royal National Mòd which is held every October in a different town throughout Scotland ... Lack of knowledge of the Gaelic language is not a problem as Gaelic tuition will be supported by the choir's Gaelic tutor. All new members will be made very welcome so please come along and join us ...’

 

Category Gaelic Choirs
Also indexedCòisir Sgìre Phort Rìgh

‘A singing group open to over 16s ... No experience is required, there's no audition process and no need to read music – just pop in and enjoy learning songs, a cup of tea and a chat, while improving your physical and mental health through music!’

Category Community Choirs

'Amateur orchestra, the members of which come from the Isle of Skye and in Lochalsh. Thus it serves a area of about 1000 sq. miles, with a population of only 13,000 ... There are two concerts a year ... Membership of the orchestra is open to anyone who can play an orchestral instrument from grade 4 and above and new members are welcome. (Difficult parts can usually be edited to suit the player, if necessary.) ... There is also a Skye & Lochalsh Schools' Orchestra the members of which are drawn from the area's primary and secondary schools, and some of these talented young players also play in the main orchestra.'

‘An amateur theatre group based in Oban, Argyll, Scotland. The reason for our existence? To put on Musical Theatre for the Oban and surrounding area ... We are a registered charity and our existence is a bit hand to mouth – Make money to put on a show – do the show – and if we are lucky just about break even and then repeat! ... We are always looking for fresh blood! We want to be training up producers and directors. Build up the instruments in our Orchestra. Give our set constructor a bit of a hand! Get young people involved in the theatre! If you feel it’s something you want to do why not contact us? We need you ...!’

 

‘When a few pipers and drummers from the Volunteer pipe band, later known as the Territorial Army Band, got together in 1913, Thurso Pipe Band was born ... The Band continues to flourish ... playing on Princes Street in Thurso during the summer months from June to September which proves very popular with tourists and the general public. The band also plays at galas, Highland Games and events throughout the North of Scotland while providing their services free of charge for a number of charities.’

 

Category Pipe Bands

Founded 2006: ‘We’re a group of “lapsed” amateur musicians based around the Inverness & Moray Firth area, who enjoyed playing music earlier in life and have decided to dust off their instruments & get playing again ... Every December the TTO holds its now-legendary annual Charity Christmas concert and we’ve raised thousands of pounds for local charities ... Are you an aspiring “Terrible”?! We have lots of opportunities for keen amateur musicians. As the name suggests, our attitude to music-making is about the joy of music-making and having a great time – all you need is enthusiasm and a sense of humour! We play a wide variety of music from Disney to Dvorak and Bacharach to Beethoven’.

 

‘Formed in January 1979 ... Based in the scenic location of Ullapool on Scotland’s West Coast, we are a community based competing Pipe Band under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Associaiton. We currently run two bands and have over 50 registered members.‘

‘A hub for creativity and the arts in the Outer Hebrides. We are a multi arts venue – at one and the same time a contemporary art gallery, a theatre, a cinema, a dance studio, a concert hall, a platform for poetry and literature, a studio – every space stretched to showcase the arts in multiple forms. Our work stretches across a national and international platform, yet our distinctiveness lies in being "of the place", rooted in who we are, and the creativity of Gaelic and the Outer Hebrides takes centre stage. Our mission is “to connect and inspire people in producing extraordinary, creative programmes, uniquely rooted in the place and reflecting the arts and ideas of our time”.'

 

'Whether you enjoy classical music, ballet, opera or world cinema, comedy, musicals, drama or contemporary dance, without Eden Court, you probably wouldn’t get to see it here in the Highlands ... We have built up the largest arts education programme in the UK and are seen nationally as experts in the important job of developing creativity in our young people.'

 

‘Set deep in the countryside, Lyth Arts Centre is housed in a beautiful old school building surrounded by trees and ancient stone walls. From the outside it still retains the character of a small Victorian village school, the former Barrock Public School, while the interior has been adapted and extended to become a multipurpose theatre venue and exhibition space. A year-round programme of Live Performances presents the best work of small-scale touring companies - often innovative and experimental. This includes drama, dance, jazz, folk, world, and new music. Most of the programme is devoted to presenting the work of professional British and international artists and performers and the centre also acts as a stepping-off point for local artistic activity. The main aim is to promote work of the highest standard.’

 

‘Provides a mid-scale performance venue capable of hosting major touring companies, music, dance performances and film shows ... We operate as a venue for your own learning requirements and can assist with a range of learning opportunities.‘

 

'A beautiful and historic venue in the unique setting of a Victorian spa village in the heart of the Highlands. Specialising in live music and entertainment, weddings, conferences plus its very own Bar & Restaurant. Come and see for yourself ...'

 

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