Young Fiddle Bursary at Alasdair Fraser’s Summer Camp

Do you know of a young fiddler looking for a place at the SMO Fiddle camp?

SEALL is offering to give one young fiddle player from the Skye and Lochalsh area the chance to attend the prestigious Alasdair Fraser Fiddle Camp at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in July. The bursary will cover fees and accommodation, Anyone between the ages of 18 and 26, who is on a low income and who has a basic knowledge of fiddle playing, is invited to apply, regardless of ability.

The course takes place between 21 and 27 July and includes a range of unique workshops, lively performances and the opportunity to get to know other musicians and participate in group work for all abilities. Classes are held daily and sessions/concerts are enjoyed nightly, with a huge final public cèilidh on the 27 July.

The camp, which runs alongside a cello course by Natalie Haas, holds the unique honour of being the only one taught by Alasdair in the whole of the UK, and each year students from Scotland and around the globe return to join Alasdair and Natalie in creating a unique experience on Skye.

SEALL production manager, Marie Lewis, said: “Twenty eighteen is the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People and a celebration of an inspiring and gifted generation of creative thinkers and high achievers.

 “The year, in particular, is about providing opportunities for young people to achieve and grow by showcasing their extraordinary contribution to communities, innovation, the environment and culture.

“We wanted to play our part in this celebration for young people in Skye and Lochalsh and came up with the idea of a bursary for Alasdair Fraser’s Fiddle Camp week. We are focusing on an independent young person who would benefit from the experience but whose income is too low to be able to afford the fees and accommodation.”

The course is attended by over 100 fiddle players from all over the world who come to play and learn the instrument in a fun, friendly and non-competitive environment.

Marie added: “This really is an excellent course. People return every year for the experience and the week gets booked up very early in the year. It is already fully booked.

“Alasdair brings people together to make music, regardless of ability. He has people who play in philharmonic orchestras playing alongside complete beginners and everyone feels as if they are a member of a big musical family. What is also good about this course is that it is very democratic. There is no selection process, no pressure to achieve and attendees here make friends for life.

“We would encourage applications from anyone from Skye and Lochalsh who is between the age of 18 to 26, looking for a very special chance to make music and friends in one of Scotland’s most beautiful environments.”

For further information and an application form, contact Marie on 01471 844207 or email marie@seall.co.uk. Deadline for applications is Friday, 18 May.