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Contours of Cairngorm in Culloden with Feis Rois


Thanks to financial assistance from Enterprise Music Scotland, we have been offering string players the opportunity to perform Contours of Cairngorm with us in concert. The successful applicants assume the role of the string quartet, learning the art of ensemble playing at the forefront of the Scottish music scene. The experience will be extremely beneficial to all bowed string players interested in experiencing traditional music from a classical approach or vice-versa. As a result, instrumentalists from both backgrounds have found the process highly challenging, rewarding and enjoyable.

After three successful events at Perth Concert Hall, The Woodend Barn in Banchory, and An Tobar in Mull we are once again offering this fantastic performance opportunity to string players of all ages and levels of experience. Applicants will perform Contours of Cairngorm with us at Culloden Academy on 15th September. Click here for further information.

Who can take part?

If you play the fiddle, violin, viola, cello, and are of a Grade 4 standard (or equivalent), please do not hesitate in applying. We hope to attract all ages and abilities, whilst ensuring the project will be of equal benefit to all. You should be comfortable with reading music.

What will happen?

Saturday 14th September  : 11am – 4pm. Workshop with Mhairi, Michael and Fraser to learn Contours of Cairngorm.

Sunday 15th September : 9.30am – 1.30pm. String players will work with Patsy Reid and the other musicians will continue to work with Mhairi, Michael & Fraser. The concert will take place form 3-5pm and is open to the public.

How do I apply?

Simply fill in the application form, listing your performing experience and any musical qualifications you have. Please return the form as an attachment to [email protected]. Download the form cairngorm_application_culloden.

How much does it cost? 

The cost of the two-day workshop and concert, including a Contours of Cairngorm CD and sheet-music is just £35, and £25 for those still at school or over 60.


Sometimes it does you good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. My initial thoughts were, am I good/confident enough to play along with professional players? I am so glad that I made the decision to go for it. The day passed in a flash, and although hard work, it was a great learning experience for me. The concert was the culmination of the days hard graft, and I really enjoyed it, after settling into the initial few bars. Thanks for the opportunity to do something like this, and for the encouragement.” Dave Guy (Newtyle)

“Brilliant Contours of Cairngorm weekend in Mull with Patsy Reid, Mhairi Hall, Michael Bryan and Fraser Stone – a great chance to play amazing music with amazing people. If you play the fiddle, look it up, you’d love it. I’m going back!” Libby McGugan (Glenfarg)

“Thank you so much for running the course. I really enjoyed it! I learnt a lot and it was great to meet some new people too! It was great to get to perform as well. Thanks again!” Rachel Colbeck (Laurencekirk)

“Thank you very much for an amazing day on Saturday! I really enjoyed both the daytime workshop and taking part in the evening concert – even though it was a long day, I had a great time! Mhairi, Mike, Fraser, and of course, yourself, were all very inspirational and made it a fun day!” Ellie McLaren (Braemar)







Our wonderful string section hard at work at the Woodend Barn, Banchory – 20th April 2013. Photos by Sean Purser.


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