We have lots of activities and workshops happening in 2022, scroll down to find out more:

What's Coming up at SC&T Youth 2022:

Day Event/ Activity Online/ F2F Who for? Time Further Info (
30th Aug Term 1 - Weekly Group (11wks) F2F All 6:30-8:30pm 11 week term in person at Aberdeen Uni. 3 classes running from 6:30-8:30pm - Beginner tutor - Kirsty Campbell, Intermediate tutor - Laura Harrington, Adv tutor, Sharon Hassan
19th Sep Student Session F2F Students 7pm-10pm A social session in partnership with UOA Folk in Trad Society  for students to socialise, form new friendships and enjoy some music.
21st Sep WayWORD Festival Songrwiting workshop F2F All 10:30am - 12pm With Cameron Nixon and Chamber Music Scotland -
25th Sep WayWORD Festival Gaelic Song Workshop F2F All 10:30am - 12pm With Eva Brownlie -
26th Sep SC&T Adult Evening Classes start F2F and Online option Students Mon and Tues Evening, 7pm-9pm

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6th Oct Aberdeen Uni Composition Workshop 1 (Online) O Students 7pm-8:30pm Partnering with Aberdeen Uni, Hamish Napier will lead 3 composition workshops. 2 online and 1 in person. Focus is on learning about composition, composing their own tune, arranging and then performing.
20th Oct Aberdeen Uni Composition Workshop 2 (Online) O Students 7pm-8:30pm As above
3rd Nov Aberdeen Uni Composition Workshop 3 (In person) & Evening Concert F2F Students 4 hr workshop plus evening Concert Cumulation of the work created as part of the composition workshops. Performance will be part of Aberdeen Uni's concert series.
29th Nov Scots Song Singing Workshop 1 (Online) with Elphinstone Institute O Secondary & Students 7pm-8:30pm Series of singing workshops with local North East singer and Elphinstone Institute Director, Dr. Tom McKean. An academic focus as well as musical.
6th Dec Scots Song Singing Workshop 2 (Online) with Elphinstone Institute O Secondary & Students 7pm-8:30pm As above
15th Dec Scots Song Singing Workshop 3 (In person) with Elphinstone Institute F2F Secondary & Students 7pm-8:30pm As above
Dec TBC End of Term Concert performances F2F All 2pm - 4pm End of Term Concert for the weekly group.
Dec TBC SC&T Student Christmas Ceilidh and Session F2F Students 7pm-10pm A social event for students to make music, dance, socialise and form friendships..

SC&T Youth and Aberdeen University are delighted to present: 

Composition Workshops with Hamish Napier:

Comp workshops

This opportunity is open to all students aged 16 - 26 with some previous experience of playing an instrument or singing. No prior composition experience is necessary! 

Dates & Times:

  • Thursday 6th October 2022, 7pm - 8:30pm on Zoom

  • Thursday 20th October 2022, 7pm - 8:30pm on Zoom

  • Thursday 3rd November 2022, 12pm onwards at MacRobert Building, Aberdeen University, King St, Aberdeen AB24 3FX. Includes a 4hr in person workshop, refreshments and an evening concert. 

Workshop 1:
Hamish will introduce you to his compositional approach and his unique take on the modes and harmony of Scottish music.  You’ll start collectively writing a new tune together with Hamish, as he steers your ideas and suggestions towards a finished tune (and chord sequence).  He introduce you to composition tools such as hand written scribbles, capturing ideas on your smartphone voicememo app, transcribing recordings in Sibelius notation software and using his 'Napier’s Modes’ infographic sheet. The discussions in the workshop will give you more of an idea about what you might compose yourself - and help you to make decisions (the main challenge of the composition process). 
Workshop 2:
Having started your composition (a tune or a song), Hamish will take a look at your rough sketches, recordings and ideas, and help you to form them into something more complete. This will be a great opportunity for giving and receiving valuable feedback. You’ll gain a huge insight into your piece through hearing about the trials and discoveries of your fellow composers.
Workshop 3 and Concert:
All the composers come together in person to ready their pieces for performance later that evening. It’s all about simplifying, simplifying and simplifying at this late stage!
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About Hamish Napier:

Hamish Napier is a Scottish folk multi-instrumentalist, educator and composer inspired by the heritage and nature of his native landscape. He was born and brought up in Strathspey. For 17 years he lived and worked in Glasgow and Boston’s vibrant, multi-genre music scenes. On returning home 4 years ago, he began his 'Strathspey Pentalogy’, an ambitious 10-year project to produce 5 landscape inspired albums. The River (‘16) and The Railway (‘18) received 5-stars in national newspapers. The Woods (’20) was awarded 'Album of the Year' in the Scots Trad Music Awards - he has previous nominations for Community Composer, Live Act and Tutor of the Year.

Hamish has collaborated with leading artists such as Eddi Reader, Karen Matheson (Capercaillie), Julie Fowlis (Brave), Duncan Chisholm (Wolfstone), Blue Rose Code and Martyn Bennett. He has worked on national TV/radio as both performer and presenter, and appeared at festivals, theatres, music camps and universities throughout the UK, Europe and America.

Hamish's work often includes elements of Gaelic & Scots language and is modelled on traditional reels and jigs. He strives for a balance between tradition and innovation, celebrating and respecting Scotland’s rich musical heritage while transcending boundaries, with jazz, electronic and classical techniques. Hamish combines wooden flutes, fiddles and pipes, with a modern rhythm section and pioneering music production.

His work is often interdisciplinary: syncing his music to landscape films or incorporating poems and stories. Hamish produced a film 'Strathspey Stories' that premiered at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. He also gathered and recorded 10 hours’ worth of local stories for the ‘Badenoch The storylands’ smartphone travel app, for Cairngorms National Park – a huge project developed over 9 months during the 2020/21 lockdowns.

Hamish was music lecturer and tutor on the BMus Traditional Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for many years – specialising in flute, piano, music theory, ensemble work and composition. He has taught at dozens of music camps in North America and Europe including Haapavesi Folk Festival Music School in Finland and the Pacific Institute of Celtic Performing Arts in Canada. From 2013-2015 he was the musical director for the Ceol Mor Big Band at Aberdeen International Youth Festival. The 20-piece youth trad band performed several new compositions and traditional North East tunes and songs atAberdeen Music Hall, The Lemon Tree and at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections.


SC&T Youth Weekly Group

Starting Tuesday 30 August  2022 for 11 weeks

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Do you want to be part of a fun and exciting Scottish Traditional Youth music group and have the opportunity to perform around Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and beyond?

  • Term of 11 classes starting Tuesday 30th August
  • Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  •  MacRobert Building, Aberdeen, AB24 3FX
  • 3 groups - beginner, intermediate and advanced but all working towards collaborative sets to play together
  • Participants work with tutors to arrange performance sets
  • All abilities welcome
  • Ages 6-26
  • An online option to learn the sets independently and join in for performances
  • £2 per class (£22 in total) or £11 in total for joining us online

Please get in touch by emailing Laura and Kirsty at if you have any questions at all.

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Save the date for the SC&T Youth Camp 2023!

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We’re still on cloud nine after the Youth Camp this year and can’t wait for the next one! As always, it is funding dependant, but we very much hope to see you next year.
July 10th - 14th, 2023



SC&T Youth 2022/23 - Exciting News! 

We are absolutely thrilled to let you know SC&T Youth has received funding from Creative Scotland to continue our exciting Scottish Traditional music project for another year!  Based primarily at the University of Aberdeen, we have a full year round programme of in person and online events coming up including: 

❗️Taster Sessions (Starts May 22nd)

❗️Follow on videos

❗️Summer Weekly Sessions (Starts May 31st for 4 weeks)

❗️SC&T Youth Camp 2022 (11th – 15th July 2022)

❗️Weekly Classes

❗️Performance opportunities (Including Stonehaven Folk Festival & Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival)

❗️Student Sessions 

❗️Busking Trails


❗️Online workshops

❗️& more!


The majority of our events are absolutely FREE and only the weekly classes have a very small fee of £2 per class.  Bursaries are available if required.


We are so passionate about promoting opportunities for young people aged 6-26 to be involved in Scottish Traditional music and we have events suitable for ALL abilities.  Please do share the word and we look forward to seeing you soon!


A big huge thank you to Creative Scotland and also our fantastic partners for this project:


✨ Scottish Culture and Traditions - SC&T

✨ Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA Aberdeen)

✨ Stonehaven Folk Festival

✨ Music from Scotland

✨ University of Aberdeen

✨ ShmuFM

✨ Live Life Aberdeenshire

✨ Big Noise Torry

✨ Elphinstone Institute

✨ WayWord Festival

✨ Portsoy Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

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What else does SC&T Youth do? 

- Summer Youth Camp

- Weekly Classes

- Taster Sessions

- Workshops

- Performance Opportunities

- SC&T Youth Consultation Group

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch at






Term 2 SC&T Youth End of Term Concert 

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Term 1 SC&T Youth End of Term Concert 

Watch the Concert again HERE   


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