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Enthusiastic Fèis Rois participants
The tutor was inspiring, professional and able to stimulate the children. She is aware of all the necessary skills required to play/learn the fiddle and has the necessary skills to deliver this in a child-centred approach. I could see the enjoyment the children got during the class. The atmosphere had a real buzz as the children were clearly having a great time.
Marie Fielding, Scottish Arts Council Advisor
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Clasaichean seachdaineach (P4 - S6)

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Young musicians in Avoch.Around 200 young people from across Ross-Shire take part in an exciting programme of after-school classes provided by Fèis Rois.

Groupwork is offered at a range of levels from complete beginner to advanced player.

Participants have the opportunity to collaborate with other classes and perform at end of term ceilidhs and concerts.

If you have enjoyed a block of tin whistle at school, or if you tried the fiddle for the first time at the Junior Fèis and really enjoyed it, why not come along to our weekly classes where you can continue to make music with other young people?

We offer classes in the following areas:


Term 1 (6 week term)

  • £36 for one child to attend one class each week
  • £66 for two classes
  • £96 for three classes
  • £126 for four classes

Term 2 (6 week term)

  • £36 for one child to attend one class each week
  • £66 for two classes
  • £96 for three classes
  • £126 for four classes

Term 3 (10 week term)

  • £60 for one child to attend one class each week
  • £114 for two classes
  • £168 for three classes
  • £222 for four classes

Term 4 (8 week term)

  • £48 for one child to attend one class each week
  • £90 for two classes
  • £132 for three classes
  • £174 for four classes

Two classes - this might be one child attending two classes or two children from the same family attending a class each.

Three classes – this might be one child attending three classes or a combination of two or three children from the same family attending classes.

Four classes – this might be one child attending four classes or a combination of children from the same family attending classes.

Term Dates for 2015/2016

Term 1: Week beginning 24th August to week ending 9th October No classes week beginning 21st September (6 weeks)

Term 2: Week beginning 26th October to week ending 4th December (6 weeks)

Term 3: Week beginning 11th January to week ending 25th March No classes week beginning 15th February (10 weeks)

Term 4: For Lochcarron and Ullapool only Week beginning 11th April to week ending 20th June No classes week beginning 2nd May or 6th June (8 weeks) For all other areas Week beginning 18th April to week ending 10th June (8 weeks)

Class Concerts and Ceilidhs

A big part of the Fèis Rois weekly classes programme is to help support young people to build their confidence and skills to perform in the community.

We hold community ceilidhs in a suitable local venue at the end of the June term when family and friends are invited to come along to the End of Term concert and listen to the classes performing and sometimes they join in with a song, tune or dance too.


Fìdhlearan aig Fèis na h-òigridhHow old do I have to be to join a Fèis Rois class?
You have to be from P4 – S6 to take part in most of our instrumental classes.

How do I join?
You have to get in touch with the Fèis Rois office before you can come along to class. You can do this by emailing allison.watson@feisrois.org or calling us on 01349 862600. It's important that we have all your emergency contact details and any information you think we need to know regarding special circumstances and additional support needs BEFORE you child joins our tutors at one of our classes. If we dont have this information we can't accept your child in the class.We would really like to hear from more young people aged 16-24 with additional support needs who dont enjoy learning in a large group. It might be that we can look at a more gradual transition into small group learning beginning with a period of one to one teaching.If your young person's needs are very specific then please dont hesitate to get in touch.

I don’t have my own instrument, does that matter?
No! Fèis Rois has an instrument bank of around 100 instruments. We hire the following instruments to young people wishing to take part in our classes:

  • Fiddle - £7.50 per month
  • Guitar - £7.50 per month
  • Accordion - £10 per month
  • Clàrsachs - £15 per month

We do have a waiting list for some of our larger, more expensive instruments, such as clàrsachs. Please contact us if you would like to hire an instrument so we can arrange a time for you to visit the office to collect your instrument and complete the Hire Instrument Agreement and Standing Order Forms.

Class Levels

  • Level 1: Complete Beginner - You will be completely new to this subject
  • Level 2: Improving Beginner - You will have been playing for 6 – 12 months and have a basic understanding of technique and a few tunes under your belt
  • Level 3: Lower Intermediate/Intermediate - You will have been playing for 1 – 2 years and know a good number of tunes, songs, dances or steps
  • Level 4: Upper Intermediate+/Advanced - You will have been playing for a minimum of 2 years and have a good grasp of your instrument. You will know different kinds of tunes, dances, songs or steps. You will be starting to use gracenotes

Fèis Rois can offer financial assistance to families on low incomes. Please contact Fiona Dalgetty at the Fèis Rois office to discuss this in confidence. Fiona can be contacted on 01349-862600.

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