Arran Fiddle Club
During the 2021/22 academic year there will be no charge for weekly fiddle classes as part of Fèis Arainn’s contribution towards the recovery from COVID. Participants will still need to be registered and this can be done by filling in the form below. If you wish to make a donation towards cost of classes you can tick the appropriate box and you will be sent details of how this can be done using Paypal. We are aiming to offer primarily face to face teaching but this may be blended with online lessons when our tutor is unable to come to the island or if there are changes in Covid restrictions.
Fiddle playing has long been an important part of Arran’s cultural life and the Arran Fiddle Club is helping to ensure it continues to be so by offering tuition to the island’s children. From modest beginnings teaching a handful of children fifteen years ago we now teach around 45 children; which accounts for about 10% of the total child population of the island
The Club now works as part of Fèis Arainn and receives funding from Fèisean Nan Gàidheal to offer year round teaching supplementing the tuition received at our annual fèis. As well as regular weekly classes throughout term time we provide to a number of additional activities including; residential courses, trips and performances. These activities are important to give our pupils the best possible teaching experience and keep them motivated. We now have children participating at all ages and abilities from primary school learners to children who take part in preforming on and off the island.
Our guiding principle is to make sure that the life of every child who participates in our activities is enriched by the experience. While we aim to offer them the opportunity to develop their full potential to play music we also want them to be able to develop an appreciation of music and Scotland’s rich musical heritage in a way that makes music an enjoyable and sociable activity.
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