Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd.
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Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the web site of Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd, the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music. 2018 marks our eighteenth year of operation, and eighteen busy and exciting years they have been. Right now, there’s no reason to believe that the next one will be any different.

Since the Centre was established at Plockton High School in May 2000 with funding from the Scottish Executive's Education Department, with assistance from Highland Council, we’ve established ourselves as a place where talented young traditional musicians can come and develop their skills.

Our students learn playing and singing (both live and in the studio), composing and arranging, the history and context of traditional music, stagecraft, music technology, and all the other diverse skills which go to make up a modern professional musician. We have a busy performing schedule, and we make a CD every year.

Our leavers are well equipped for further study in music, or indeed a career in music if that’s what they want. But it’s important to know that we don’t consider ourselves merely a hothouse for professional musicians. Many of our leavers have followed other career paths, but what’s important to us is that they take their music with them wherever they go in life. After all, that’s how a tradition survives and thrives.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our site and that it might inspire you to come and see us in the flesh!

All the best,


Dougie Pincock, Director NCETM

"Successful learners, effective contributors, confident individuals, responsible citizens – we produce all those. One of the things that makes me proudest is not just the musicians that we turn out of here, but the people.”

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