Alasdair Fraser / Natalie Haas 2020
Alasdair Fraser / Natalie Haas Week, 25th July 2020
**Please note, our accommodation arrangements have changed for 2020. We now offer accommodation on a full-board basis only. Please see our accommodation page for details. Whilst our kitchen would not normally be open on Saturdays, dinner WILL be available on Saturday 25th July. Campers are welcome to purchase meals as before. The course fees remain unchanged from last year at £310 for adults, and £210 for students in full-time education and those aged 12 - 15. We would not normally offer a place to anyone aged under 12 years.**
If you intend to book a group of people on this course, please note that each delegate must create their own account and register in their own name. It is not possible to use the same login account to book different people. Please see our "How to Apply" page for guidance.
Returning students who have not logged on since this time last year and would like to check if their account still works may log on to "Student Journey" as verification that their account will be operational when the course opens for bookings. Should you have difficulties logging on, please contact the Service Desk via the link on the Student Journey webpage, or on 01463 279150 (+44 1463 279150 for international callers) or via email to Servicedesk@uhi.ac.uk. New students will be able to create an account during the booking process once the course opens.
We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment as this course is always oversubscribed. We will be requesting a non-refundable deposit of £100 (payable within 30 days of payment request) from each application to guarantee a place on the course. The remainder of the participant’s balance will need to be settled by 30th April 2020 at the latest, otherwise their place on course will be allocated to someone else who is on the waiting list. We have introduced this measure as we have previously received many late cancellations which deprives others from being able to join the course at short notice. We are more than happy to discuss flexibility in arranging payment if required.
If you have any questions regarding this, please speak to us at 01471 888 240/246 or by contacting us by email
For over 30 years now, Sabhal Mòr is again hosting its annual fiddle camp with world-renowned Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser alongside American cellist Natalie Haas and their team of tutors.
The camp holds the unique honour of being the only one taught by Alasdair in the whole of the UK, and each year, students from Scotland and around the globe return to join Alasdair and Natalie in creating a unique experience on the Isle of Skye.
The week is an energising and creative one, with several class levels supported by Alasdair, Natalie and their experienced and encouraging fellow tutors. The week includes not just classes, but a range of unique workshops, lively performances and the opportunity to get to know other musicians and participate in group work for all abilities. Classes are held daily and sessions/concerts are enjoyed nightly, with a huge final cèilidh on the last night of the week.
If staying at the College, we recommend arriving here on the evening of Friday 24th July to give you a chance to socialise and settle in for this intensive week’s instruction. The course opens with registration and a welcome from Alasdair on the afternoon of Saturday 25th followed by an informal familiarization session with Alasdair and Natalie. You will meet the course tutors and be introduced to some of the tunes you will be covering over the week, and it is usually at this stage that you will be briefed on the different levels of learning to find the one that is right for you.
Much of the learning is by ear and this method may influence the level you select. Most abilities will be catered for, although it is expected that students will have at least a basic knowledge of fiddle/cello. Please note: Sheet music may not be issued by tutors.
Formal instruction will begin in the classrooms on Sunday the morning of the 26th, supplemented by workshops in the afternoon and evening activities that take advantage of the unique camaraderie that evolves in the camp throughout the week. There’s course banquet and cèilidh on Thursday where the students can perform the groupwork they have been doing that week, and/or as individuals.
The course ends on the evening of Friday the 30th with a final concert with students and tutors, followed by another final cèilidh - which usually ends in the early hours of Saturday morning (1st August)!
**Please note, our accomodation for these courses is now fully booked. You may still make an application for the course itself and make your own arrangements for accommodation, or ask to be added to our waiting-list.**