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Friends of NESMS

Charity No. SC 014898

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The Friends of NESMS are looking for members to
join their Committee

Click the to read more about the upcoming meeting

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.

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Click on a poster below to read about previous Friends events:

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Scholarship Concert 


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

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June 2023

Eve Begg, Charlotte Slater, Laura Smith, Olwenn Stewart, Chenhong Zhu

with accompanist Blair Cargill.

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June 2022

Charlotte Hay, Aaron Magill,

Hannah Magill and Scott Manson

with accompanist Shirley Magill


June 2021

A pre-recorded online concert by Louis Kowal, Ruaraidh Williams, Chenghong Zhu

and Eve Begg

June 2019
Emma Barnett, Kirsty Campbell,

Isabella Cook and David Ferguson

with accompanist Harry Williamson


June 2018
Aaron Magill, Christopher Smith, Iona Baillie, Kara Taylor, Laura Smith, Malik Salloum and Matthew Crabb with accompanists Andrew Leadbetter, Colin Sinclair and Shirley Magill


June 2017
Ailsa Anderson, Alex Riddell, Eleanor Cozens,

Clara Daley, Kirsty Campbell, Siobhan Ironside

June 2016
Amy Birse, Kathleen Cronie, Anna Morrison,

Rachel Groves with accompanist Richard Bailey

June 2015
Adam Auchie, Ella Clapperton, Iona Fyfe,

Sam Garioch, Ngoni Masiyakurima


June 2014
Megan Cormack, Duncan Pirie, Tracy Lee,

Sophie Stammeijer, Emma Barnett

with accompanists Colin Sinclair & Ian Lovegrove


June 2013
Cara Garton, Lisa Abraham, Iain Hall,

Laura Cheyne, David Ferguson,

with accompanists Drew Tulloch & Richard Bailey

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