Fiona is a former Fèis Rois participant who returned home to Ross-shire to take up the post of Chief Executive of Fèis Rois in April 2009. Fiona graduated MA (Hons) Celtic Studies from the University of Edinburgh before going onto build a career in the arts in Scotland. She has worked for a number of traditional music organisations, including the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin, Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop and the Scots Music Group. She has experience of the formal education sector through her time spent working as a Cultural Co-ordinator for the City of Edinburgh Council. Fiona has been a specialist advisor (music) to Creative Scotland and a member of the Scottish Government’s Traditional Arts Working Group. She is former Chair of the Traditional Music Forum. When she is not busy writing funding applications and organising events, Fiona enjoys playing with her band, Highland Ceilidh.
Meet the Team
Marion is responsible for the day-to-day finances of the organisation. After several years working with the local enterprise company as a tourism training advisor, Marion undertook varied self-employed consultancy commissions including working with her local community as Community Economic Development Adviser. Additionally, she assisted small organisations throughout Ross-shire with budget and business planning. Marion has completed both a Certificate in Management and a Diploma in Small Business Financial Management.
Rachael is the Education Manager at Fèis Rois where she manages the organisation’s schools programme. Prior to taking up this post at Fèis Rois in September 2010 she was the Artistic Director of Firefly Arts, a youth arts company based in West Lothian. Rachael started at Firefly Arts as a trainee drama workshop leader, before she went on to the roles of Associate Director for Education and then Associate Director of Youth Theatre. Through the Richter Foundation, she has facilitated theatre workshops across Europe as well as co-delivering training for European youth workers. Rachael has a BA in Theatre and Media Drama from the University of Glamorgan and following the completion of her degree she became one of the first RANK foundation apprentices, where she was a youth worker for the RCDA Youth Service. Rachael was brought up going to the Gordon Gaitherin in Aberdeenshire, where she loved learning traditional music.
Catriona co-ordinates the Fèis Rois community classes that take place throughout Ross-shire. As a former Fèis Rois participant, Catriona grew up playing the fiddle and now also teaches classes on her return to the area. Catriona graduated in 2010 with an MA in History and English Literature at the University of Aberdeen. In summer 2016 Catriona travelled across North America, learning new tunes at fiddle camps in PEI, Boston, Nashville and California. In her spare time, Catriona enjoys playing music and exploring the beautiful Scottish Highlands.
Christian started working with Fèis Rois as Cultural Tourism Development Officer (Graduate Intern) and his main responsibility has been co-ordinating on the Ceilidh Trail project, which he took part in as a participant in 2013. Christian graduated from the BA (Hons) in Applied Music at UHI with main instrument bagpipes and is set to publish a duo album with fiddler Jamie MacDonald in Spring 2018. He is also a keen photographer and can be seen at most Fèis Rois events with his camera.
For almost 30 years Lara has worked within the arts and music industries in a variety of settings and sectors through which she has gained an extensive set of skills and an understanding of the many elements involved in development, planning, administrating and delivering of projects, events, tours, workshops, networks, conferences and festivals. She has worked for many organisations such as Faultline Festival (Inverness), Capercaillie, Showcase Scotland, Hi-arts, The Traverse Theatre, Dogstar Theatre, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, Blas Festival, Blazin’ in Beauly, Firefly Prodcutions and Eden Court Theatre amongst others.