Advanced Fèis Week

17th-20th July 2018

Our Advanced Fèis Week gives intermediate/advanced players in S1-S6 the opportunity to develop their existing skills with two of Scotland’s top traditional musicians. Workshops will be delivered across a number of areas and in collaboration with our Main Fèis Week, participants will prepare a piece for our end-of-week showcase concert.

Please note: Participants of our Advanced Fèis Week must already have been studying in high school for at least 1 year. Pupils transitioning to high school from primary 7 are not eligible for these workshops.

About

An opportunity for individuals to develop skills in the Gaelic arts.

A Fèis is an opportunity for individuals to come together to develop skills in the Gaelic arts – song, dance, drama, and traditional music on a wide range of instruments. Tuition is accessible and fun, but professional and effective. Our Advanced Fèis will deliver a series of workshops in subjects like accompaniment and melody, groupwork, playing for dancing and more. Take a look at what your week may include here: Advanced Fèis Timetable 2018.
Across the week, participants work with their tutors and others in their class to prepare a piece for our finale concert. They will also take part in Gaelic language activities each morning, including our annual Fèis song – a song for everyone to learn together which is the finale of the participants’ concert. 
All of our tutors are experienced, professional musicians, skilled in working with young people. We also have a pool of supervisors and volunteers who help our events run smoothly. Young people are supervised at all times and we work in accordance with Child Protection and Health & Safety Guidelines. Our staff are all members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland.

Meet the Tutors

Two of Scotland’s finest musicians

Our Advanced Fèis Week for 2018 will be led by Anna Massie + Kristan Harvey. As part of the hugely successful group Blazin’ Fiddles, they have performed at home and further afield, from remote village halls to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
Kristan Harvey

Kristan Harvey

Kristan was brought up on a farm in Birsay, Orkney where she was immersed in the island’s rich musical heritage.  From the age of 8 she began learning classical music on both violin and piano, and from there went onto join the Orkney Traditional Music Project where she was introduced to traditional fiddle music.  After school, she left to study BMus Violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow aged 17 and was lucky enough to study under violinist Katie Hull, as well as fiddlers Alistair McCulloch and Pete Clark. 
 
In 2011 Kristan was named the winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award. Since then, she has performed at festivals across the UK and further afield, both a solo artist and alongside several bands. She has represented Scotland at a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for Young People in the Performing Arts, and performed with Rod Stewart at the opening of Glasgow’s Hydro venue in 2013.  Kristan’s most notable solo performances came when she appeared alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Proms in Park, broadcast live on television from Caird Hall and, in 2012 when she took to the stage at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium to perform a beautiful arrangement of Willie Hunter’s ‘Leaving Lerwick Harbour’ with Violinist Nicola Benedetti. 
 
Kristan currently enjoys playing with several bands, including Blazin’ Fiddles, and the Rua Macmillan Big Band as well as her continued role as a member of Live Music Now, with whom she has performed across the UK and Europe. Over the years she has also gigged with bands such as The Kris Drever Festival Quartet, toured Europe with dance show IrishCeltic and performed with indie pop group Belle & Sebastian, with whom she also appeared in a film directed by lead singer Stuart Murdoch. 
Anna Massie

Anna Massie

Anna Massie was the winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2003 Award. A talented multi-instrumentalist, she excels in playing the fiddle, mandolin and tenor banjo. Though perhaps most impressive is her guitar playing – equally at home either accompanying in her unique rhythmic style or flatpicking tunes, Massie’s dexterity shines through. 
 
She has performed twice at the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton. As well as solo performances, Anna also formed a trio featuring the impressive guitar and vocal talents of Jenn Butterworth and the outstanding accordion and border pipe playing of Mairearad Green. With performances at Celtic Connections, Shetland, Orkney, Hebridean Celtic and Tønder festivals as well as tours in the UK and Scandinavia, the past few years have seen these talented young women’s careers go from strength to strength. 
 
Highly energetic performances and a warm and friendly stage appearance have earned the band a growing fan base and nominations as “Best Up and Coming Band” at the 2004 Scots Trad Music Awards and the Horizon Award at last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2005 Anna was nominated as Best Instrumentalist at the Trad Music Awards. The band’s biggest achievement was being named “Best Folk Band” at the 2006 Scots Trad Music Awards.

Cost

 

£75

Price for 4 days
Includes 2018 Fèis T-shirt

£65

for 1st additional sibling

£55

for 2nd additional sibling

£45

for 3rd additional sibling

How to Apply

Applications close Thursday 31st May

All applications for our Fèis Week are processed through our website. Our form will allow you to register up to 4 children at one time and choose our Main Fèis Week or Advanced Fèis Week for each one. Places are extremely limited for many of our classes. It is important that you complete the online application form as soon as possible to secure a place. Applications close on Thursday 31st May.
A few notes on our application form…
  • • The form will capture all the relevant information we require from participants. Please ensure all fields are completed. 
  • • The form will automatically highlight any areas where data is missing.
For returning participants, we have made a number of changes to our 2018 application form. Find out more about the changes here: Application Form Changes.