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Senior Fèis

We are excited to announce that we will be running our first ever Satellite Fèis Rois nan Deugairean in Dingwall, Tain and Ullapool from 18th – 22nd October!

Although we have had to cancel our residential Fèis Rois nan Deugairean 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are delighted to be able to offer a scaled back but mighty version so young musicians across the region can still experience a fantastic music week with an incredible line-up of tutors.

In order to allow us to offer a great week of music, song and Gaelic language, we have decided to safely bring together smaller groups of young people for a non-residential week in three different locations.

The dates remain the same: Monday 18th October – Friday 22nd October and we will offer workshops from 11am to 4pm each day. We are delighted to be able to offer places for this event for free. However, if you would like to make a donation to Fèis Rois, you can do so here.  As places are limited, we recommend booking as soon as possible to secure a place; please click on the links below to register.

Dingwall Community Centre, Dingwall – Group work with Hamish Napier, Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

This week will focus on group work so is perfect for young people who are keen to play as part of an ensemble and learn how to play with a variety of instruments. Open to young people from P6 to S6, all instruments are welcome (intermediate to advanced level). A maximum of 30 places are available, please book here.

Tutors – Mairearad Green (pipes and accordion), Anna Massie (fiddle & guitar) and Hamish Napier (piano, whistle, flute).

Venue – Dingwall Community Centre, Old Academy Buildings, Tulloch Street, Dingwall, IV15 9JZ

Duthac Centre, Tain – Fiddle & Guitar with Barry Reid and Innes Watson

In Tain the focus will be fiddle and guitar but all instruments welcome. Open to young people from P6 to S6 of an intermediate to advanced level, the week will also feature an Introduction to Sound Engineering with Barry Reid. A maximum of 30 places are available, please book here.

Tutors – Innes Watson (guitar), Barry Reid (guitar & sound engineering)

Venue – Duthac Centre, Shandwick Street, Tain, IV19 1DY

Macphail Centre, Ullapool – Gaelic Medium Fèis (For young people from P4 – S2)

This week is open to young Gaelic speakers from P4 – S2. The week will include drama, song, fiddle and group work, with no previous experience required. This fabulous GME Fèis will be led by fluent Gaelic speakers, Artair Donald, Rona Wilkie and Mischa Macpherson. A maximum of 30 places are available, please book here.

Tutors – Rona Wilkie (fiddle & Gaelic), Mischa Macpherson (Gaelic song & harp) and Artair Donald (Gaelic & Drama)

Venue – Macphail Centre, 5 Mill St, Ullapool, IV26 2UN

We ask that young people take a packed lunch and snack 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 and 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.

It was fun and I loved the musical experience.

2017 participant

Although we are not able to go full steam ahead with Fèis Rois nan Deugairean this year, we are excited to be able to offer young people a fantastic musical experience in three different locations across the Highlands. We will ensure that we run the event as safely as possible but we want to make sure that all our young people have a brilliant week and are able to relax and enjoy their time with us. We are really looking forward to welcoming young people to our special event this year and hearing them make music together again!

The safety and wellbeing of all our young people, tutors and staff is of the utmost importance and to ensure we can protect everyone attending the event, here are a few precautionary measures we will be putting in place:

  • If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or the cold or are feeling unwell at all, please do not attend.
  • We would ask that everyone (participants, tutors and staff) please take a lateral flow test 24-48 hours before attending and another test during the week.
  • Everyone will be asked to wear masks whilst entering, leaving and moving around the building (unless exempt). When young people are seated in workshops they will be able to remove masks.
  • All workshop spaces will be fully ventilated, with windows open.
  • Everyone will be seated at least 1m apart during workshops.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available through the workshop spaces and everyone will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly.

If you have any concerns, please contact Fiona.

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