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I absolutely love the whistle lessons with Angus. I sit down and do a bit at a time. It is so clear, both the way he explains it, the clear way he shows it and how he tells you to practice that before moving on. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to begin to play some of these lovely tunes like Morag of Dunvegan and I see Mull. They are gorgeous and I AM SO GRATEFUL for these lessons THANK YOU SO MUCH.
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Overview

Singers at the Junior FèisWe have a packed diary of events here at Fèis Rois. Here’s a flavour of what we do:

February

Fèis Rois nan Oileanach Gàidhlig (The student Fèis): This is a residential weekend for Gaelic-speaking matriculated students from across Scotland to come together to use their Gaelic in an informal setting and to learn skills in traditional music, song and dance.

March/April

Fèis Rois Oigridh (The Junior Fèis): 150 pupils from P5 to P7 are taught by a team of professional tutors in lots of different subjects. These include many traditional instruments, drama, dance, Gaelic song and creative writing. This event, like the Senior and Adult Fèisean, is open to everyone from beginners to advanced players.

May

Fèis Rois Inbhich (The Adult Fèis): 300 adults participate in workshops led by world-class tutors. Recent tutors include flute tutor, Niall Keegan from Ireland, fiddlers Iain MacFarlane and Bruce MacGregor from Blazin Fiddles, and the wonderful singer and folklorist Margaret Bennett.

July, August and September:

The Ceilidh Trail: Young people aged 16-25 aspiring to have a career in music participate in this four-week Trail. They give around 20 performances to over 1500 people at many different venues across Ross-Shire, as well as travelling to major festivals, including Tartan Heart and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They also perform at the highly acclaimed Blas Festival.

October

Fèis Rois nan Deugairean (The Senior Fèis): 175 teenagers from S1 to S6 are taught by a team of 20 inspirational tutors who lead classes in nearly 20 different disciplines over 5 days. This year, popular new workshops included sound engineering and radio production. Listen here.

Year Round Activities

Drummers at the Junior FèisWeekly classes: Over 180 young people take part in our after-school programme in Ross-Shire. Young people can access 28 different classes at a range of levels each week.

Weekend Fèisean: 4 times a year, 30 young people from S3 to the age of 25 who are already playing their instrument or singing to a high standard, can take part in an intensive weekend course with a professional band. In addition to 10 hours of tuition, they also have the opportunity to perform alongside the renownedmusicians leading the course.

Youth Music Initiative (YMI): Fèis Rois delivers a portion of the Scottish Government’s YMI programme on behalf of Highland Council. This year, we will contract 25 tutors to provide 12 weeks of tuition in Gaelic song, tin whistle or group music-making to every P6 child in 108 primary schools in Ross-Shire, Inverness, Nairn and Caithness.

Traditional Music In Schools Project (TMIS):Fèis Rois works with Local Authorities across Scotland to provide bespoke traditional music projects that link to the experiences and outcomes for the Expressive Arts in the Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working with the City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian and Aberdeenshire Councils.

Additional Support Needs: Fèis Rois is currently working in partnership with national organisations, Live Music Now and Drake Music Scotland on two innovative new projects for three Highland Special Schools: Drummond School, St Duthus and St Clement’s Schools.

Agency: We provide young musicians to perform at a whole host of events from farmer’s markets to prestigious corporate dinners. Recently, we had young people performing at the Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon and at several Highland Homecoming events.

Special Events: Fèis Rois often works in collaboration with other organisations to create youth music performances. Most notable is our biennial Ceòlraidh concert, in partnership with the Faculty of Advocates. We have also created special performances for Blas, Celtic Connections and the Cambridge Folk Festival.

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