Arran Music School appeals for public support to help keep music lessons free

The Arran Music School pipe band rehearse in the Arran High School hall.

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The Isle of Arran Music School, which provides traditional music tuition to around 100 students each year, is appealing for support to help the charity continue to provide its services free of charge.

Established five years ago, the group offers piping, drumming and clarsach tuition for 9-18-year-olds and they have recently formed a ceilidh band.

Many of the pupils have progressed from beginner on to a performance level, and pupils are loaned instruments if they do not have their own.

Pupils at the school have enjoyed huge success and the development band have taken part in the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) competitions.

Many of the piping and drumming students have also had the opportunity to appear alongside the Arran Pipe Band at the Brodick Highland Games.

The lessons have inspired children with some of the clarsach students choosing music as a subject and achieving Scottish Qualification Awards.

Chairperson of Arran Music School Quinton Black said: ‘As a charity, all projects are financed by funding applications and donations.

‘Although we work in partnership with schools, we receive no direct funding from North Ayrshire for tuition costs.

‘Our costs for tuition, wages and travel expenses for the tutors are roughly £800 per week.

‘Other costs incurred are upkeep and replacement of instruments and transport and accommodation costs for performances and competitions.

‘It is hoped that with community and parental support, our projects will become sustainable at a more local level.

‘If you are able to support the costs of the charity in any way and help sustain our successful projects through a donation or are a business interested in sponsorship, please email or contact us through Facebook Messenger, Instagram or Twitter or we can be contacted through Arran High School.’

The Arran Music School band will be performing at the British Championships at Greenock on Saturday May 21, and will be preforming locally at all three Co-ops and Brodick Castle on the evening of Thursday June 2.

These will be streamed live on Facebook.