Making music in the Western Isles

Young Musicians Hebrides continues to develop new opportunities throughout the Western Isles, extending music making workshops to include the whole family – making music together!

With funding from The Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice, the organisation is conducting a “hands-on” music programme for families in Lewis and Harris on three Saturday afternoons in March and April.

They are inviting families in the communities of South Lochs, Harris and Ness to explore their musical potential and take the opportunity to learn some musical skills with experienced tutors.

The workshops are open to family groups of at least one adult and one child, and will be suitable for absolute beginners to existing learners. Players of all ages and stages are welcome to bring their own instrument, and a range of percussion and other instruments will be provided for beginners. The workshops are open to everyone who is interested in music whatever their ability; the only stipulation is that children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

The workshops will be led by Christine Hurley, music teacher in Harris, supplemented by a team of YMH tutors, including Martin Myers who is YMH Ensemble Director.

Each session will begin with some inclusive, welcoming activities - games with simple rhythmic and melodic patterns - which will be used later when families form into smaller groups with a friendly tutor and other friends or families, to create some unique and special sounds together.

Workshops will be held on Saturday 12th March in Lochs, Saturday 19th March in Ness and Saturday 23rd April in Tarbert, costing just £2 for concessions, and £3 for adults.

To find out more or book your place at a workshop, please phone 01851 705557 or email