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Staff


The Centre is part of the Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service and operates in accordance with the education policies of national government and the local authority. The Director is line managed through the ECS service and is supported by a Steering Group consisting of Council education specialists.

Dougie Pincock - Director


 Dougie’s musical career started with piping lessons at primary school from John Garroway, and continued with lessons at the College of Piping with Angus J. MacLellan and privately with Duncan Johnstone. After a successful career in junior piping competitions, Dougie became involved in the folk music scene in 1979 when he joined the Glasgow band Kentigern. At the same time, he became involved in the Irish music community in Glasgow through his friendship with the great fiddler Jimmy McHugh and his family. In the mid-1990s, Dougie was involved as a tutor in the early days of the B.A. (Scottish Music) course at the RSAMD, and at the National Piping Centre, eventually becoming a staff instructor there. Dougie was appointed the first Director of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in May 2000.

Rhona Sharp - Admin


Rhona joined the Centre staff full-time in August 2010. Her background includes working for Scottish Opera, initially in Press and Publicity, then later in a second stint in fundraising and sponsorship, organising corporate events. She was involved in the early stages of development of the globally renowned Tramway in the South Side of Glasgow, a cutting-edge venue that showcases contemporary visual and performing art. Rhona was central to the development of Tramway's education programme.


Robert John MacInnes - Development Programme


Robert was a student at the Music School between 2010 and 2016, the only student to complete the full six high school years at the centre since its opening in 2000. Robert joined the staff in 2018 as a tutor on the newly launched Development Programme. He also manages the social media pages, along with assistant tutoring during the normal day to day schedule of the music school. Robert has a wide range of music tutoring experience, in schools and groups as well as one to one. He has been involved in numerous Scotland wide music and language projects, including the roll out of Gaelic and music into primary schools under the new L2 Government scheme. Robert is also a radio presenter.


“The Director and his staff have been a great source of support to me, and I really appreciate it.”
S6 student

“Something I’ll never forget: great people, great gigs, great tutors!”
S6 student

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