Strathallan School adds another thread to the bow

Traditional Scottish music lessons and tap dancing are just some of the new classes offered at Strathallan School this year.

The school started a traditional music and Scottish culture section.

The brand new program, which will include workshops led by Britain’s best folk musicians, kicked off this week with a violin workshop led by Jack Smedley of Glaswegian musician Rura.

Craig Muirhead, who will lead the newly formed department, said: ‘This is an exciting moment for Strathallan, we’ve had a Folk Band for several years and a very successful Pipe Band in the best part of a century, so it’s important for our students to learn about Scottish culture and It makes sense to offer them more opportunities to participate.’

A former Red Hot Chilli Piper, Craig is one of Scotland’s most experienced pipers, with millions of performances at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

“Personally, traditional music has allowed me to travel widely, from Bannockburn to Barbados.

“It gave me the opportunity to perform and share scenes with the likes of Rod Stewart, Lulu and Amy MacDonald, so I’m excited to see where our new chapter can take our students.”

Strathallan principal, Mark Lauder, said: ‘We are an end-to-end Scottish school in the heart of Perthshire.

‘This is evident from our alumni world champion pipers to our current students who represent Scotland every year. We are delighted to officially offer more opportunities for our students to get closer to the culture they love and around them.’

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