This year’s concert tour by the S6 students of Sgoil Chiùil Na Gàidhealtachd will see them head south – a long way south – to the heartland of the Scottish Borders. There’s also a visit to the Big Smoke of Glasgow, to raise funds for the Friends of Plockton Music School and meet some old friends of their own.
The tour runs from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th March, and the venues are Eyemouth Hippodrome on March 27th ; Kirkhope Hall, Ettrickbridge, on March 28th; Stichill Village Hall, on the 29th; and The National Piping Centre, Glasgow, on the 30th. The students will also do a number of schools workshops in the daytime.
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.
Sgoil Chiùil Na Gàidhealtachd is extremely grateful to Kelsey Jubin, Creative Learning Assistant at the Children and Young People’s Service of the Scottish Borders Council, who has provided invaluable assistance in setting up the tour.
The concert at the National Piping Centre is a fundraiser for the Friends of Plockton Music School, a charitable trust which provides financial support for the touring and recording activities of the Centre. The bill that evening will be shared with former students of the Centre, and topped off by the exciting quartette of Innes Watson, Mike Vass, Innes White and Michael Ferrie. For more information on the Friends of Plockton Music School, visit www.fpms.org.uk.
Details for the concerts are as follows:
Eyemouth Hippodrome, Harbour Road, Eyemouth, TD14 5HS. Monday 27th March, 7:30 p.m. With support from Julep and Berwickshire High School Folk Group. Tickets £8/£4 from www.eyemouthhippodrome.org or 01890 750099.
Kirkhope Hall, Ettrickbridge, Selkirk, TD7 5JJ. Tuesday 29th March, 7:30 p.m. Post-show dance with Ian and Robin Lowthian. Admission £6 on the door, or in advance from Linda Elmitt on 01750 52257.
Stichill Village Hall, Ednam Road, Stichill, Kelso, TD5 7TD. Wednesday 29th March, 7:30 p.m. Tickets £8/£7/£4 from George Anderson on 01573 470707 or email@example.com.
The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW. Thursday 30th March, 7:30 p.m. Featuring former students of the Centre. All proceeds to Friends Of Plockton Music School. Admission £8/£6 on the door.
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.