Friends of NESMS
Charity No. SC 014898
Please consider becoming a friend of NESMS
The North East of Scotland Music School (NESMS) has existed for almost 50 years and is a musical resource almost unique to a British city. Instrumental and singing tutors from around the country are regularly brought to Aberdeen to teach North East students of all ages for a modest fee. Many of these teachers come from Conservatoires and can thus bring students on to an advanced level of performance.
Much of the high standard of musical performance in the North East is directly attributable to NESMS and an enlightened Education Department. Unfortunately, recent budget cutbacks have caused major attrition to music education in the area's schools. The need to support NESMS now is really quite urgent.
NESMS is not an organisation with deep pockets. It is a charitable setup very dependent on the generosity of donations and sponsorship. Where possible, Friends attend and help with money raising activities and concerts. Friends also endeavour to support pupils and provide performing opportunities.
Many different skills and backgrounds can be brought to bear and a close knowledge of music is not required. Some volunteers accommodate visiting tutors thus saving NESMS significant hotel (and often taxi) costs. This is greatly appreciated and those who participate will find that musicians make easy and entertaining house guests.
The annual membership fee is a very modest £15. Please consider joining us.
The annual Friends Scholarship concert has taken place in June at Craigiebuckler Church for many years. This concert provides a platform to highlight those NESMS students holding named and/or full scholarships and provides a wonderful evening of music for Friends and family.
Below are reviews of the concerts from the past decade.
The next Scholarship Concert will take place at Craigiebuckler Church in June 2024
Eve Begg, Charlotte Slater, Laura Smith, Olwenn Stewart, Chenhong Zhu
with accompanist Blair Cargill.
Charlotte Hay, Aaron Magill,
Hannah Magill and Scott Manson
with accompanist Shirley Magill
A pre-recorded online concert by Louis Kowal, Ruaraidh Williams, Chenghong Zhu
and Eve Begg
Emma Barnett, Kirsty Campbell,
Isabella Cook and David Ferguson
with accompanist Harry Williamson
Aaron Magill, Christopher Smith, Iona Baillie, Kara Taylor, Laura Smith, Malik Salloum and Matthew Crabb with accompanists Andrew Leadbetter, Colin Sinclair and Shirley Magill
Ailsa Anderson, Alex Riddell, Eleanor Cozens,
Clara Daley, Kirsty Campbell, Siobhan Ironside
Amy Birse, Kathleen Cronie, Anna Morrison,
Rachel Groves with accompanist Richard Bailey
Adam Auchie, Ella Clapperton, Iona Fyfe,
Sam Garioch, Ngoni Masiyakurima
Megan Cormack, Duncan Pirie, Tracy Lee,
Sophie Stammeijer, Emma Barnett
with accompanists Colin Sinclair & Ian Lovegrove
Cara Garton, Lisa Abraham, Iain Hall,
Laura Cheyne, David Ferguson,
with accompanists Drew Tulloch & Richard Bailey