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Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd

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Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd, also known as the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, is a residential specialist music school located in the Highlands of Scotland. The music school is based within the campus of Plockton High School and caters for High School aged students who gain entry by audition. Students attend Plockton High School for normal school studies.[1][2]

The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music
Scottish GaelicSgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd
TypeScottish Traditional Music School
DirectorMr Dougie Pincock
IV52 8TU
Council areaHighland


The music school is open to any High School aged student in Scotland. Entry is by audition in front of a panel during February or March and successful applicants start at the school in the first Scottish school term, usually August. Students receive tuition from world class tutors on two musical instruments ranging from Gaelic and Scots song to bagpipes, fiddle, accordion and clarsach. Students also receive four hours of groupwork per week, and at least once a month the music school holds Music Weekends where students receive extra tuition from visiting tutors or musicians, or attend and perform at events and concerts. The music school goes out on tour twice a year; once in March with the S6 students and then again before the summer holidays with the whole music school.[3][4]

Current Tutors[edit]

Current tutors at the music school are:

Sandy Brechin (Accordion), Iain MacFadyen (Bagpipes), Ingrid Henderson (Clarsach), Robert John MacInnes (Development Programme), Iain MacFarlane (Fiddle), Gordon Gunn (NC Course), Jack Evans (Guitar), Andy Thorburn (Piano), Rachel Walker (Gaelic Song & NC Course), Lorne MacDougall (NC Course), Wendy Weatherby (Scots Song & Cello), Mhairi Hall (Sound Engineering), Dougie Pincock (Flute and Whistle) [5]


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