National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music faces financial cut

THE National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music could face disaster as Highland Council propose to the removal of its funding to the institution, based at Plockton High School, Isle of Skye.

The move is part of a wide-ranging cuts package planned by Highland Council.

The National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music has proved an integral part of Scottish traditional music for more than 10 years and has provided a pathway for many, including Feis participants, to further study in their chose musical discipline and, for those who chose it, a career in music.

A campaign in opposition of the withdrawal of funding has been organised in a bid to save the school, and has been supported by Highlands and Islands MSP Peter Peacock who raised the matter at education questions in Parliament yesterday (Thursday, February 3).

Mr Peacock said: “What has been created at Plockton is something very special indeed. I am sure there is a way forward to keep the school fully intact.”

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