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"The Voyage of the Hector", Ensemble Weekend with John Somerville

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Voyage of the Hector - more information!

To help you decide if you'd like to attend the workshop, please read a little more about it below.

  • The Voyage of the Hector

    As well as having a fantastic opportunity to come and make music, it is also a chance to learn about the history and context of the Voyage and learn about the people that were on the ship. In 1773, 207 people, most of whom had been forced out of their homes as victims of the notorious Highland Clearances, boarded the ship Hector at Ullapool, destined for Pictou in Nova Scotia. Only 189 of them arrived, after a journey which lasted several weeks more than planned and was full of great suffering and drama, but also hope and strength of spirit. In 2014, Fèis Rois and Creative Scotland commissioned John Somerville to compose a suite of music inspired by this journey. The suite has been performed at Celtic Connections, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Celtic Colours in Canada, and the National Celtic Festival in Australia.

  • What will be happening and how do I know if it is suitable for me?

    During the weekend, based at King's Pavilion at the University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX, you will have the exciting opportunity to play under the direction of the incredibly talented John Somerville himself. The workshops will run from 9:30am - 4pm on the 19th and 10am - 5pm on the 20th which includes a sharing concert where it is hoped movements from the piece can be showcased. There will be music for all traditional instruments, and for musicians at an upper intermediate and advanced level. Sight reading ability desirable. You can purchase the tunebook and CD in advance at

  • More questions?

    If you have any further questions, please email or John himself at


  • How do I sign up to the SC&T Online Classes?

    1. Sign up for your class. (there are 16 to choose from!) If you've not used Thinkific before, you'll be asked to create a new account - keep those login details somewhere safe. 2. Start your course to complete Registration & Download the Information Document containing relevant information. 3. Get EXCITED for the term to start in September and tell all your friends and family about it!

  • Why does my course have 13 lessons?

    There are currently 3 Welcome and Registration lessons and 10 lessons for each week of term. This is still only 10 weeks of term, don't worry!

  • How much do the SC&T Classes Cost?

    The SC&T Weekly classes cost £10 per class. This can be paid in one lump sum (£100) or in 3 monthly instalments (£33.33). If you are unable to pay this but would love to be involved, please get in touch at We also offer a student discount of 20% - please get in touch for a coupon for your dicount.

  • Where can I find the Zoom Details if I'm doing an online course?

    Find and start your instrument course. You'll be asked to complete a few registration questions. Once Completed, you'll be taken to the next lesson which will be the Information document. You'll see a downloadable PDF document with everything you need for the classes. If you've already completed registration and are looking for the info document, log into your Thinkific account using the sign in button at the top right hand corner. Resume your instrument choice course and find the lesson called Information document - you'll be able to download the document again.

  • I've already taken part in a SC&T class, can I take part again?

    Yes! Our tutors are ready with new material to teach you this term, so everyone is welcome, whether you're just joining us or returning for another term.

  • Some classes say 'online', 'Live online option', or 'online option' - what does this mean?

    Totally online - We have 2 classes this term which are totally online - melody online and accompaniment online. These will be held over zoom and no participants will meet in person. Live online option - there are 2 classes which are going to have an option of joining the class virtually through a live zoom link. The participant will be able to see the tutor live during the lesson and have an opportunity to interact with the tutor and class during the evening. The classes running this option are Whistle 1/2 and Flute. These classes will also be recorded and uploaded to Thinkific at the end of each lesson so can be watched back at a later date. Recorded online option - this is where the tutor shall record the lesson in their class and then upload the recording that evening to Thinkific. There won't be the live element of the online option, it will just be to watch back the recorded lesson at a time that suits you.

  • The classes have numbers after them - what does this mean?

    If a class doesn't have a number next to it, it means all players are welcome but a level of experience is recommended and it isn't suitable for total beginners. 0 - Total beginner 1 - Beginner (with a little experience) 2 - Intermediate 3 - Advanced

  • I have another question

    Email us at or send a message to our facebook page - @ScottishCultureandTraditions-SC&T

  • What is the Autumn Term common music for?

    It is for everyone to have a go at in their own time then come together at the end of term concert and all have a go at it together!

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