Who We Are


Do more, go farther musically
... at NESMS

with top quality specialist tuition for all age groups


Founded in 1975 by Dorothy Hately, the North East of Scotland Music School is a company (SC 058254) limited by guarantee with charitable status (SC 000197). Its work is supervised by a widely drawn Council of Management, with specialist sub-committees to oversee fundraising, teaching and performance standards, and administration.

Prof. Neil Mackie CBE FRSE
Dr Murray McLachlan FRSA
Barbara McFarlane

Patrons: Claire Bruce
Eileen Croxford FRCM
Dame Evelyn Glennie CH
Dr Fiona Kennedy OBE DL

Prof. Paul Mealor FRSA
Lisa Milne MBE
Peter Mitchell
Prof. Charles Skene OBE

Friends of NESMS

NESMS is supported by an active Friends group.  Friends commit to organise, help with and attend money-raising activities and concerts, and where posible to support pupils and provide performance opportunities.  Some Friends also offer to accommodate visiting tutors.

Many different skills and backgrounds can be brought to assist the group and a close knowledge of music is not required and new Friends are always welcome (see Our Friends).  


Wider Links

There is a close relationship with the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Music School in Dyce.  Many of our pupils are involved in the Grampian Youth Orchestra, the Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) and/or NYCoS (the National Youth Choir of Scotland).

Meet the Office Team

gráinne cullen

gráinne cullenManager

Gráinne graduated from University College Dublin with a 1st Class Honours degree in English and Greek and Roman Civilization. She won a scholarship to study for a Masters in English and American Literature at the University of Delaware, USA.

Gráinne has worked in Dublin and London as well as in Aberdeen. She was an editor for Picador Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, and a conference producer for the Institute for International Research. She has been a teacher of English language, literature and academic writing, and has also worked as a freelance editor, mainly with PhD students from the University of Aberdeen.

Gráinne has volunteered for numerous schools and charities in Aberdeen including Airyhall School Board, Cults Academy PTA, Cults Scouts and Audio Describers Aberdeen. She joined NESMS in May 2013.

reg pringle

reg pringleAssistant Manager (Finance & IT)            

An alumnus of George Heriot's High School, Reg studied Hispanic Languages and Literature at Edinburgh University (MA 1964, MLitt 1966) before moving to St Andrews University and a career in academic librarianship. In 1988 he moved to Aberdeen to take up the post of University Librarian and during his time there was Project Director of Grampian Information, a member of the Scottish Library and Infomation Council, and Chairman of the United Kingdom Advisory Panel on Library and Information Planning.

Following early retirement in 1996 he worked first in Adult and Community Education and then from 2000 to 2004 as a Lecturer in Software Engineering and Office Technology at Aberdeen College (Dip. Comp. 1999). He joined NESMS in March 2004 but continued in-house and outreach teaching of computing and IT skills at the College on an occasional basis until 2014.

kathleen cronie

kathleen cronieAssistant Manager (Timetable & Events)

Originally from Dingwall, Kathleen first studied for an MA in French and Gaelic Studies at the University of Aberdeen before moving on to graduate Bachelor of Music from the Ian Tomlin Academy of Music at Edinburgh Napier University.

While studying for a Master of Music Degree at the University of Aberdeen she won a James Lobban Conducting Scholarship to work with Aberdeen Bach Choir, and was awarded both the Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary and a King's College Chapel Scholarship.

Currently a singing teacher, Kathleen is also studying for a PhD in Conducting and Vocal Technique.

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