The facility will lose over £300,000 worth of funding from Highland Council. Despite that, the local authority says it aims to secure its long term future. It is thought it will seek funding from the Scottish Government and other interested parties instead.
A large contingent of campaigners converged on George Square, Glasgow on Saturday afternoon 5 February for a music session to call attention to the campaign to save the teaching facility at Plockton High School.
Director Dougie Pincock was interviewed on the BBC and said that while he expected the Centre to take its share of any cuts he ‘hadn’t anticipated it would be all of it.’
He commented: “Plockton has been an integral part of Scottish Traditional Music for the past 10 years. It has started many of our best young musicians on the road to their career and provided training in traditional music and groupwork from some of Scotland’s finest musicians. Our young folk could not have gained this level of training anywhere else.”
Picture shows pupils from the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music based at Plockton High School in the Celtic Music Radio studio on Saturday morning, 5 February before heading to George Square to show their support against the funding cut and possible closure of the trad music school.