Mark is an expert adviser and writer in education and the creative and cultural industries in Scotland and Europe. He is Reader in Music and Creativity at The University of the Highlands and Islands, and a renowned composer.
Fèis Rois is governed by a Board of Directors that meets four times a year. Our AGM takes place each November and members of the public are welcome to attend. Check our news page for details of the event nearer the time.
Current Board Members
Malina is Manager of a large Programme of Projects within Children’s Services of Highland Council. Having lived abroad after graduating from University, Malina returned to the Highlands where the musical culture was a huge pull. A keen singer and songwriter Malina enjoys both solo and choral singing with Inverness Gaelic Choir, Acclaim Choir and her band. She has also been a keen attender of the Adult Fèis for over 10 years.
Fiona is a principal accountant at Highland Council, having spent a year working in Sydney, Australia and previously at EY Inverness. Fiona learned to play fiddle in school and took part in many school ceilidh bands and choirs at Culloden Academy, and now occasionally attends Inverness Fiddlers and takes part in the Fiddlers Rally most years. She has a keen interest in many types of music including traditional, country and bluegrass and really enjoys supporting live music in the Highlands.
Conal McDonagh is a piper from Poolewe, Ross-shire. He was a member of the Ullapool & District Pipe Band before securing a place at The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, during which time he was a regular member of the annual Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trails. In 2012, Conal was awarded the scholarship for exceptional musicianship in his entrance audition to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Influenced from a young age by both his Scottish upbringing and Irish heritage, Conal plays the Scottish Highland & Border pipes as well as the Irish Uilleann pipes and the whistle. Conal has performed with a number of up and coming, and well-established artists alike, including Inyal, Hannah Rarity, Duncan Chisholm and the RSNO.
Shannon is currently in her second year at the University of Glasgow studying Medicine, having previously graduated with a degree in Pharmacology. She is very involved with Gaelic at the University and has, in the past, been a part of the Gaelic Residency Scheme “Taigh na Gàidhlig” for 2 years. She has also played a role as a committee member for the Ossianic Society and through this work at the University, she received the Daily Record award for Gaelic Ambassador of the Year in 2016. In her spare time Shannon also works together with friends on a Gaelic and Irish Gaelic blog website ‘Ceangael’. Shannon is a former Fèis Rois participant who plays the tin whistle and is a former pupil of the music school in Plockton.
Norman has been teaching Gàidhlig and Gàidhlig medium subjects in Dingwall Academy since 2003. He has a performing background as a Gàidhlig singer, piper and occasional song writer. He is very much looking forward to a spell on the board and hopes in particular to contribute to the commitment Fèis Rois has to ensuring Gàidhlig has a clear and fundamental place in its work.
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