As the organisers of NAFCo 2018, the Elphinstone Institute invites you to join our Fiddle Camp

An exciting opportunity for young musicians (not just fiddle players!) to meet, learn and perform at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2018!

Up to 100 young musicians from the UK and abroad, aged 10-25, will come together to participate in workshops, sessions and other activities and will showcase their work at the NAFCo Gala Concert at His Majesty’s Theatre on Saturday 14 July, and the NAFCo Final Stramash on Sunday 15 July.

Participants will develop their musical skills at dedicated workshops with leading international fiddle players, engage in cultural exchange with musical peers, attend NAFCo 2018 workshops and concerts, participate in the arrangement and performance of a newly commissioned piece by noted Scottish fiddler and composer, Patsy Reid, and take part in performances at NAFCo 2018, including the Gala Concert.

The NAFCo 2018 Youth Fiddle Camp activities include:

  • Daily workshops with composer Patsy Reid on a piece of music commissioned for NAFCo 2018 Youth Music Camp.
  • Daily workshops with other fantastic NAFCo Guest Artists from Scotland and beyond
  • Welcome ceilidh & session on Tuesday 10 July
  • Performing in the premiere of the commissioned piece at the NAFCo Gala Concert on Saturday 14 July.
  • An all-access NAFCo festival workshop pass and additional NAFCo event tickets, including the all-ages Festival Club for all participants.
Who can take part?
  • Young instrumentalists, not just fiddle players, interested in traditional music.
  • Groups or individuals
  • Age 10-25*
  • Unfortunately the fiddle camp is not suitable for complete beginners. Individuals should be able to learn by ear and/or read music, and have a small repertoire of standard session tunes.

  • Fiddle camp registration is free and includes all fiddle camp workshops, as well as an all-access NAFCo workshop pass for the other festival workshops.
  • Lunch and refreshments provided during the fiddle camp workshops.
  • Fiddle Camp Participants must finance their travel to/from Aberdeen, accommodation, evening meals, and some local travel.

  • Subsidised accommodation is available to participants at Aberdeen University Student Halls.
  • Single rooms are available in shared flats, with communal kitchen/social spaces and facilities.
  • Single Rooms £15 B&B per night for participants, £30 approx. B&B for accompanying adults

If you are interested in being part of the NAFCo 2018 Youth Fiddle Camp, register your interest before 15 June.

Due to limited places, groups and individuals who can attend all 5 days of the Fiddle Camp will be prioritised.

If you have any questions, please get in touch:
For more information about the festival please visit

* Individuals/groups under age 16 (age 18 for individuals staying in Festival accommodation) must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other designated responsible adult when attending NAFCo 2018.

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* 1. Please provide your contact information for the lead person below. We will keep your information safe in accordance with the new GDPR rules and will only contact you about the Fiddle Camp. If you would like to be added to the NAFCo or Elphinstone mailing list, please see Q8 and 9.

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* 2. Age range of young people in group

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* 3. Which instrument(s) does the group play?

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* 4. If you chose 'Other', please let us know which instruments the group plays.

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* 5. Will the group attend all 5 days (11-15th July) of the fiddle camp? If the group is not available for the full camp but are still interested in participating please contact to discuss your involvement.

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* 6. Are you interested in hearing more about the subsidised accommodation? If so, we'll send you an email about it shortly. Please note, participants under the age of 18 who intend to use the accommodation must be accompanied by an adult. We are unfortunately unable to provide subsidised accommodation for the accompanying adult(s). Subsidised accommodation for participants will cost £15 per night B&B. Rates for accompanying adults will be approx. £30 per night B&B. Rooms will be located at the University of Aberdeen student halls at Hillhead.

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* 7. Would you like to be added to either of the following mailing lists?

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* 8. If you answered Q9, how would you like us to contact you?