Senior Fèis

Dates for 2018
Monday 22nd – Friday 26th October

Fèis Rois nan Deugairean is a great week for young people in S1-S6. The course gives you a chance to improve your playing on your main instrument, to practise your singing, as well as try something new. There is a focus on group work and if you’d like to, you have the opportunity to play as part of an ensemble.

You’ll choose two different classes, one for the morning and one for the afternoon and the evenings are jam-packed with fun activities. Classes include instrumental tuition, sound engineering, Gaelic song, songwriting, percussion and group work.

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.

It was fun and I loved the musical experience.

2017 participant

Full details of tutors for the 2018 Senior Fèis will be posted soon.

The tutor team in 2017 included Lauren MacColl, Hamish Napier, Sally Simpson, James D Mackenzie, Cheyenne Brown, Steve Fivey, Mairearad Green, Megan Henderson, Katie Mackenzie, Barry Reid, Kim Richards, Ewan Robertson and Innes White.

There is a good atmosphere and you learn lots of tunes and meet new people.

2017 Participant

Full details of the class timetable for the 2018 Senior Fèis will be posted soon.

The music tuition is based in Ullapool High School and the residential accommodation will be in various bed and breakfasts in Ullapool.

We offer classes at the following levels:

  • CB = complete beginner – a chance to try something for the first time.
  • IB = improving beginner – you have been playing for less than 6 months / you already have some limited experience, for example some scales, a basic tune, a few chords
  • LI = lower intermediate – you have been playing for around 6-18 months / you have already learnt a few tunes/songs/chords and want to improve on your technique and repertoire
  • UI = upper Intermediate – you have been playing for longer than 18 months / you know common tunes/chords/songs and want to improve your playing
  • I = intermediate – any level of intermediate
  • A = advanced – you are fairly confident in your technique and repertoire and want to take your playing to the next level

In addition to daily tuition from 9.30am – 4pm, there is a packed programme of fun evening activities, including sessions, a concert from your tutors, a ceilidh and a finale concert in the Macphail Centre when you can show off what you have learned throughout the week to friends and family.

We also provide lots of different lunchtime activities, including sports, arts and crafts, and, of course, music sessions!

Residential: £325
Includes all accommodation, meals, 20 hours of professional tuition and five nights of evening activities.

Second child residential: £275
As above for additional child(ren) from the same family.

Non-residential: £185
Tuition, lunch and access to all evening activities.

Fèis Rois is fortunate to secure public funding to support our events. The real cost of each place is £466.

For families on low incomes, assistance with the cost of a child/children attending Fèis Rois courses may be available from the Highland Children’s Trust. We may also be able to accept payment in instalments.

If you would like to chat in confidence about seeking financial assistance or paying in instalments, please contact Alison.