Arran School of Music is appealing for public support to help keep music lessons free

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

Formed five years ago, the band offers bagpipes, drums and clarsach lessons for 9-18 year olds and they recently formed a ceilidh band.

Many students have progressed from a beginner level to a performance level, and students are loaned instruments if they don’t have their own.

Pupils at the school have been hugely successful and the development group have competed in the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) competitions.

Many student pipers and drummers have also had the opportunity to perform alongside the Arran Pipe Band at the Brodick Highland Games.

The lessons inspired the children, with some of the clarsach students taking music as their subject and winning Scottish Qualification Awards.

Arran School of Music President Quinton Black said: ‘As a charity, all projects are funded through funding applications and donations.

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

“Our tuition fees, tutor salaries and travel costs are around £800 a week.

“Other costs incurred are maintenance and replacement of instruments and travel and accommodation costs for performances and competitions.

“We hope that with the support of the community and parents, our projects will become sustainable on a more local level.

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

The Arran Music School band will perform at the British Championships in Greenock on Saturday 21st May and will perform locally at all three co-ops and at Brodick Castle on the evening of Thursday 2nd June.

These will be streamed live on Facebook.

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