The aim of the Hands Up for Trad Community Music awards is to showcase and celebrate the outstanding practice and great things going on in Scotland’s community music sector to the wider public and media.
Congratulations to Gael Music who have been nominated in the Community Music Project of the Year category. We asked them the following questions.
Tell us more about yourself.
Gael Music specialises in helping disadvantaged communities to learn more about local music and culture and in particular helping children and young people to carry out their own research to create our unique learning materials and repertoire for our public performances.
How long have you or your group organisation been involved in this work and tell us a wee bit about how it all started?
Gael Music has been running pennywhistle clubs at primary schools and working with around 450 children from primary schools in Aberdeen, Argyll & Bute, South Lanarkshire and Cumbria. Some participants go on to join our 5 folk academies for which we have provided free instruments and free tuition for around 90 children from disadvantaged communities over the past two years. Involving children and their families in youth-led research, collecting, learning and sharing traditional tunes and songs that are relevant to where they are living or growing up.
What have you or your group/organisation got planned for the next 12 months?
We would like to consolidate the work we’ve been doing for some of our top players from Helensburgh and East Kilbride via a new partnership with Royal Conservatoire Scotland in addition to also starting two new projects in West Dunbartonshire and the South Borders.
What has been the highlight of your or your group/organisation’s experience to date?
A recent performance at the Citadel in Aberdeen as part of the city’s instrumental music service annual lunchtime concert involved a class of pupils from Seaton primary school and some of out folk academy students based at the University of Aberdeen’s Music Dept.
How does it feel to be nominated for this award?
We’re incredibly proud of all the children and music tutors who’ve work so hard to help us deliver this project over the past two years.
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