Scots Music Group runs traditional music and song classes for adults, informal sessions, monthly ceilidhs and other social events.
We are a community-based charity in Edinburgh.

Our Book of Remembrance

We wish to celebrate the lives of all those who have been an integral part of the SMG family.  Whether as students, tutors or members of our staff and board, we are grateful for all they did for us and join with you all in mourning their passing.

We invite you all to leave a comment, a note of remembrance, for Dave below:

Dave Leslie

We’ve set up this page where you can leave memories and stories. You can also respond to other comments.

Dave first joined SMG as a student in a beginners song class and was hooked. He attended many SMG song classes, was a Board Member from 2004-2006 & Treasurer from 2006-2009. Since moving office from St George’s West in 2012, until this February, Dave remained connected to SMG via a complicated telephone system  which, having set up for the office, couldn’t remove his contact details from….which amused Dave and the office staff for over a decade.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Dave’s death. He and I were both on the SMG board at a difficult time, when the Arts Council grant SMG had relied on was withdrawn and we had to adapt to the new situation. This included making redundancies, and as treasurer, Dave was both a safe pair of hands and a reassuring presence that we would weather the storm. Which we did…SMG is still here!

  2. It was due to Dave that I followed him as treasurer. I think followed was not exactly that, more that he convinced me that I was wrong
    Not to want the job! From the beginning he was always there to offer advice and support. Thank you Dave never forgotten

  3. I knew of Dave, having been to Sangstream concerts, before I started volunteering in the SMG office when my daughter started at primary school. He was Treasurer then, coming into the office regularly at St George’s West to catch up with the office staff and volunteers – Liz, who was doing the banking, and me. He was always cheerie and helpful.
    We happened to live fairly near each other and if we passed each other, usually when he was on his bicycle, he would always stop for a blether. My daughter fondly remembers “Dave on his bicycle”.
    Luckily I got to know Dave even better when I joined Sangstream. He was the kindest man and I miss him.


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