Outreach & Schools

Scots Fiddle Festival Outreach Project

The Scots Fiddle Festival Outreach Project, delivered on behalf of the Festival by former SFF Artistic Director Eilidh Steel,  has been running for four years.

Working each year with a new group of young fiddle players aged 12-18 in the two months leading up to the festival, who then perform at the Saturday night concert at the festival.

The project provides valuable experience, and a great opportunity, for those young musicians aspiring to, or considering the possibility, of becoming professional/semi professional  musicians.  Some may also be considering going into further education in traditional music.

Participants work with professional musicians to build repertoire, develop skills and gain confidence in arranging, learning by ear, working as a group, talking to audiences, learning to use microphones, as well as the experience of recording at a top Edinburgh recording studio and performing at the festival where they learn about sound checks, meet the technical crew and play support to top artists.

It gives not just instrumental tuition, but also provides the fundamentals of performance and recording, giving a stepping stone to aspiring students.




Scots Fiddle Festival Schools Visits

Each year the Scots Fiddle Festival visit a number of schools in and around Edinburgh to talk about the festival, we play some music and get the pupils and teachers involved in singing and clapping along, give them time to ask questions, to educate and share our passion for Scottish music.

We also provide an information pack for teachers with resources to use with their pupils. These visits take place during the second week of November and last around half an hour. They work best for the whole school or larger groups of pupils. If you are interested in us visiting your school, please contact info@scotsfiddlefestival.com

“Thank you so much for a brilliant performance and for really engaging the children with your talk as well. Superb!!”      – Mrs Gallagher, Sciennes Primary School

“I would just like to thank you on behalf of the staff and pupils
who attended the session today – It was wonderful!”  
​- Mrs Dunn, St. Davids Primary