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Junior Fèis

COVID-19 Statement – 13/03/2020

In light of yesterday’s updates from the Scottish Government and the UK Government regarding delaying the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19), the Board of Fèis Rois and I have taken the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Junior Fèis event.

Although schools still remain open at this time and the government are only banning gatherings of more than 500 people, we recognise that a residential course with people staying in close proximity to each other is not a regular cultural event. The situation is changing daily and we feel it is easier to take a decision now rather than being forced to do so very close to the event.

Community is at the heart of everything we do at Fèis Rois and we feel certain that we have taken the right decision for the health of your children, that of our team, all of our older relatives and of our fellow community members in Ullapool.

I know your child will be very disappointed to hear that the Fèis is not taking place. If your child is currently in P7 or S1 they can enrol later in the year to take part in Fèis Rois nan Deugairean, which we are still planning to hold between 19th – 23rd October.

We will begin the process of issuing full refunds / returning any cheques we have received this week and not yet cashed. We will have everyone reimbursed no later than Friday 27th March.

Thank you for your understanding.

Fiona Dalgetty, Chief Executive

Fèis Rois Oigridh is a fun five-day residential event for young people who are in P4 – S1. Taking place in the first week of the Easter holidays, you can choose three different classes from a huge list, including various musical instruments, Gaelic song, Highland dancing, drama and art.

Everyone takes part in Gaelic language activities each morning, including the whole Fèis song. Every year, we choose a different Gaelic song for everyone to learn together – this is the finale of the participants’ concert. You have two hours of your first choice class, and one hour of your second and third choice classes each day.

All of our tutors are experienced, professional musicians, skilled in working with young people. We also have a pool of supervisors and volunteers who help our events run smoothly. Young people are supervised at all times and we work in accordance with Child Protection and Health & Safety Guidelines. Our staff are all members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland.

We are committed to making traditional music accessible to all to eliminate barriers for participation. If you would like to talk in confidence about support for learners with disabilities or specific access requirements for your child, please contact Fiona or let us know in the booking form.

I have been 3 times and it gets better every time!

2019 participant

The tutor team for 2020 includes:

Fiona Black (Accordion); Ailis Sutherland (Bagpipes); Corrina Hewat (Clarsach); Artair Donald (Drama); Rona Wilkie (Fiddle);  Barry Reid      (Guitar); Mike Bryan (Guitar ); Catriona Hawksworth (Keyboard); Dave Martin (Percussion); Rachel Newton (Step Dance);  Claire Mann (Whistle) ;  Tutor TBC (Fiddle ); Tutor TBC (Art)

It’s an amazing experience and I absolutely love it!

2019 participant

The music tuition is based in Ullapool High School and the residential accommodation will be in various bed and breakfasts in Ullapool.

We offer classes at the following levels:

  • CB = complete beginner – a chance to try something for the first time.
  • IB = Improving beginner – you have been playing for less than 6 months / you already have some limited experience, for example some scales, a basic tune, a few chords
  • LI = Lower Intermediate – you have been playing for around 6-18 months / you have already learnt a few tunes/songs/chords and want to improve on your technique and repertoire.
  • UI = Upper Intermediate – you have been playing for longer than 18 months / you know common tunes/chords/songs and want to improve your playing
  • I = Intermediate – any level of intermediate
  • A = advanced – you are fairly confident in your technique and repertoire and want to take your playing to the next level.

In addition to daily tuition from 9.30am – 4pm, there is a packed programme of fun evening activities, including sessions, a concert from your tutors, a ceilidh and a finale concert in the Macphail Centre when you can show off what you have learned throughout the week to friends and family.

We also provide lots of different lunchtime activities, including sports, arts and crafts, and, of course, music sessions!

Residential: £330
Includes all accommodation, meals, 20 hours of professional tuition and five nights of evening activities.

Second child residential: £280
As above for additional child(ren) from the same family.

Non-residential: £190
Tuition, lunch and access to all evening activities.

If you wish to pay in instalments please make your booking, choose pay by cheque, and then contact “mailto:fios@feisrois.org” to discuss a payment schedule.

Fèis Rois is fortunate to secure public funding to support our events. The real cost of each place is £500.

For families on low incomes, assistance with the cost of a child/children attending Fèis Rois courses may be available from the Highland Children’s Trust.

If you would like to chat in confidence about seeking financial assistance please contact Fiona.

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