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Funding and Governance

Founded in 1975 by Dorothy Hately, the North East of Scotland Music School is a Scottish charity based in Aberdeen.  Its aim is to provide, at the lowest possible cost, the highest possible standard of tuition for promising musicians.

NESMS operates as a non-profit-making company limited by guarantee.  Its income comes from student fees (heavily subsidized) and it actively seeks donations from trusts, commercial organisations and individuals, as well as applying for occasional local authority grants.  Supervision is provided by a widely drawn Council of Management, with specialist sub-committees to oversee fundraising and public relations, strategic planning, teaching and performance standards, and administration.

Neil Mackie

Prof. Neil Mackie


Dr. Murray McLachlan


Dr. Roger Williams MBE


Our Patrons

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Claire Bruce

Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie CH

Fiona Kennedy

Dr. Fiona Kennedy OBE DL

Paul Mealor

Prof. Paul Mealor FRSA

Lisa Milne

Lisa Milne MBE

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Peter Mitchell

Charles Skene

Prof. Charles Skene CBE

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 NYCOS (National Youth Choir of Scotland). We are an examination centre for ABRSM and Trinity, and are frequently used for NYOS, NYCOS and GYO auditions.

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