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Our Board

Fèis Rois is governed by a Board of Directors that meets four times a year. Our AGM takes place each November and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Malina MacDonald-Dawson

Chair

Malina is Manager of a large Programme of Projects within Children’s Services of Highland Council. Having lived abroad after graduating from University, Malina returned to the Highlands where the musical culture was a huge pull. A keen singer and songwriter Malina enjoys both solo and choral singing with Inverness Gaelic Choir, Acclaim Choir and her band. She has also been a keen attender of the Adult Fèis for over 10 years.

Appointed May 2016

Fiona Callum

Secretary/Treasurer

Fiona is a principal accountant at Highland Council, having spent a year working in Sydney, Australia and previously at EY Inverness. Fiona learned to play fiddle in school and took part in many school ceilidh bands and choirs at Culloden Academy, and now occasionally attends Inverness Fiddlers and takes part in the Fiddlers Rally most years. She has a keen interest in many types of music including traditional, country and bluegrass and really enjoys supporting live music in the Highlands.

Appointed August 2017

Norman MacArthur

Norman has been teaching Gàidhlig and Gàidhlig medium subjects in Dingwall Academy since 2003. He has a performing background as a Gàidhlig singer, piper and occasional song writer. He is very much looking forward to a spell on the board and hopes in particular to contribute to the commitment Fèis Rois has to ensuring Gàidhlig has a clear and fundamental place in its work.

Appointed November 2017

Shona Henderson

Shona is Assistant News Editor at the BBC and works out of the office in Inverness. She has worked at the BBC for over 20 years and first started to work for them in Glasgow. Shona was born and brought up on the Isle of Harris and is a native Gaelic speaker. She is interested in Gaelic poetry & song and how music unites individuals.

Appointed May 2018

Ruairidh Gollan

Ruairidh is currently studying Applied Music with the University of the Highlands. Playing the fiddle and accordion, Ruairidh has grown up with Fèis Rois taking part in the Ceilidh Trail and other projects including KIN & the Community and The Boy & the Bunnet. Alongside attending the music school in Plockton, playing with Gizzen Briggs and promoting music with Sutherland Sessions, Ruairidh’s experiences means he has a wide perspective of music in Scotland which will hopefully help contribute towards the continued growth of Fèis Rois.

Appointed May 2018

Duncan Chisholm

Duncan Chisholm is one of Scotland’s most recognised and accomplished fiddle players and composers. Born and brought up near Inverness, Duncan has spent most of his life developing his unique musical voice. Duncan’s well-established musical career has taken him throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, through his solo work, his work with Julie Fowlis and with Wolfstone. In 2015 Duncan was appointed director of ‘Kin and the Community’, a youth based project led by Fèis Rois which aims to empower young people in a creative environment with skills in ethnology, film making and music composition.

Appointed November 2018

Jennifer Marshall

Jennifer is a solicitor, and she spent a number of years working in commercial law firm in the Central Belt. She returned to the Highlands recently to work for Highlands and Islands Airports as a procurement advisor. She speaks Gaelic and is interested in pipe music and Gaelic song.  She has been involved in Fèis Rois as a teenager and adult for more than twenty years.

Appointed December 2019

Chloë Bryce

Originally from Easter Ross, Chloë developed her grasp of Traditional Music through her involvement in the Fèis movement. She attended Fèis Rois’s residential Fèisean growing up and went on to perform across the UK and internationally as a participant on the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail. Chloë studied Fiddle and Gaelic Song at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music and recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with First Class Honours in Traditional Music. She is currently based in Glasgow where she works as a freelance musician, while also undertaking a Masters of Education in Learning and Teaching in Gaelic Arts. Chloë has a deep regard for the old traditions embedded in Highland culture and is committed to contributing to the preservation of the music, language and culture of her home area. 

Appointed November 2020

Alex Urquhart-Taylor

Alex is a piper and director of a web development company, as well as being on the board of a community renewables project. As a young person Alex was a keen participant in many of Fèis Rois’s activities, including the Junior and Senior Fèisean, Masterclasses, the Ceilidh Trail, and many other projects. Alex views his participation in Fèis Rois’s activities as fundamental to his love and understanding of Scottish music, language and culture and hopes that by being on the board, he will be able to help many more people have the same opportunities and experience.

Appointed November 2020

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