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Short Courses :: Term 3

Enrolment is now open!

Four short courses take place in Term 3 at Boroughmuir.
Supported by Creative Scotland / Enterprise Music Scotland, they provide additional opportunities for students to enhance their skills in areas and topics which might not otherwise sustain a full course.

Courses include:
Ballad and Song with Aileen Carr
Composing Trad Tunes with Adam Sutherland
Session Etiquette with Mark Neal & Eilidh Steel
Folk Band 2014 with Rachel Newton & Laura-Beth Salter

Courses run on a Tuesday evening, starting 20th May for four weeks, to avoid clashing with other evening classes. Prices are £44/£36 concession for non-members, £38/£30 concession for members.
Full details and enrolment here.

STUDENT CONCERT 2014

Friday 28th March :: St Oswald’s Hall, Montpelier
Doors at 7pm :: Concert starts 7.30pm

Bring friends & family to hear what you’ve been learning!

Entry by donation :: Bar & Snacks :: Raffle (donations to the raffle are very welcome!)

If you’d like to help on the night selling raffle tickets or on the bar please contact the office – thanks.

Networking & Workshop Day for New Song Leaders

Saturday 22nd March :: 10am to 5.30 pm :: £10/£6(conc)

Christ Church Centre, Holy Corner, 6a Morningside Rd., Edinburgh

This informal and welcoming workshop day follows on from the Scotland Sings training workshops with Ali Burns, Katy Cooper and Mary McCann in 2013. People who are new to song leading are welcome, as well as more experienced song leaders who want to refresh their techniques. Useful for leading any kind of singing including informal community singing. We will bring and teach rounds and short songs, share warm ups, practice warm ups from the Scotland Sings Choir Leaders Manual by Ali Burns and Christine Kydd, and have practice teaching sessions, as well as socialising and singing together.

All details here!

Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to invite SMG members to attend the Scots Music Group AGM 2013. The AGM is being held on Sunday 2nd March 2014 (as permitted by our constitution) due to changes in our accounting period.

The AGM will be held in the The McWilliam Room in The Glasite Meeting House. Please note there is unfortunately no disabled access to this room which is on the first floor.

The afternoon commences at 3.30pm with refreshments and music by Ceilidh Caleerie. The formal AGM will commence at 4.00pm.

The meeting will finish with a short presentation by singer, researcher and music educator Jo Miller.

Jo has worked in music education for over 30 years. She taught at the RSAMD (now RCS) where she founded the innovative BA (Scottish Music) degree. Since the 1980s she has created materials to support the teaching of traditional music in Scottish schools. Jo has been a Youth Music Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council, and is a community musician in Stirling, where she runs the intergenerational Riverside Music Project and leads singing groups. Jo is currently a PhD student at Sheffield University, researching traditional music learning in community organisations. She is particularly interested in the long-term sustainability of such groups, and the role of mentoring. She is presently mentoring some of the SMG tutors and staff.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

AGENDA

• Minutes of the last AGM January 2013

• Report from Alison Carlyle, Chair of Scots Music Group

• Presentation of Accounts

• Election of Directors

• Questions and motions from the floor

Ceilidhs 2014

1 Mar: The Occasionals
29 Mar: Portobello Ceilidh Band
26 Apr: Da Hooley
24 May: Canongate Cadjers
21 Jun: Thunderdog Ceilidh Band

Purchase tickets on-line in advance here!

Short Courses

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Enrolment now open: Three of six short courses take place this term at Boroughmuir. Supported by Creative Scotland / Enterprise Music Scotland, the idea is to provide additional opportunities for students to enhance their skills in areas and topics which might not otherwise sustain a full course as yet. Courses include:

DADGAD Guitar with Tom Oakes
Gaelic Song with Patsy Seddon
Session Etiquette with Mark Neal & Eilidh Steel

We’re holding the courses on a Tuesday evening, starting Tuesday 25th February, to avoid clashing with other evening classes. Prices are £44/£36 concession for non-members, £38/£30 concession for members.

Full details and enrolment here!

Burns Social Night

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Songs and poems in honour of Robert Burns, hosted by “Sing Together”

Friday 31st January :: 7 – 10pm at Christ Church Centre, Holy Corner, 6a Morningside Road, Edinburgh

Entry £4/£3 concs. Proceeds to SMG funds.

Group and solo turns welcome! To book a performance slot please contact Scarlett at cscarlettmcg@yahoo.com

Please bring Scots nibbles and some drink to share – cheers!

BOROUGHMUIR TIME CHANGE :: WEDS 15 JANUARY '14

For one night only….this evening’s classes at Boroughmuir start at 7.30pm and end at 9pm as usual. This is due to Parent Consultations at the school.

Could we ask that you arrive as near to 7.30pm as possible and do not enter the classrooms before this time until we have the all-clear that the consultations have finished. Steve will be on hand at the school to manage this.

The school has advised that the parent consultations, while scheduled to finish at 7pm, sometimes over-run, and they are very keen to avoid SMG students entering classrooms while the consultations are still taking place. Thanks for your help with this.