Merlin Academy Of Trad Music are the eleventh recipients of Hands Up for Trad’s Business Limelight Award. The “Limelight’s” are a monthly initiative (launched in October 2012) that recognises the outstanding contributions made by businesses and organisations who contribute, shape and influence the arts and cultural sector in Scotland today. Merlin Academy Of Trad Music supply top quality music tuition to all ages and abilities in the Borders

Company name
Merlin Academy Of Trad Music

What is your principle company activity?
We supply top quality music tuition to all ages and abilities within a
safe and welcoming environment. We offer tuition in Fiddle, Accordion,
Guitar, Mandolin, Piano/Keyboard, Whistle, Sax, Singing and Percussion

When and where did the company first start trading?
We started trading in March 2012 at our current address.

What made you want to work in Scottish culture?
We all have a keen interest in Trad music and identified the need to
provide a facility which could promote Scottish traditional music to
the local community.

Can you tell us of any particular company highlights?
We now have 200 students per week and 10 outstanding tutors including
Iain Fraser (fiddle), Paul Chamberlain (Accordion/Piano & Steve Fivey
(drums & percussion. We hold an annual summer school where the
participants have supported our patrons, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, as
well as performing at the Innerleithen Music Festival this year

What are your company’s plans for the future?
We are commited to growing our student numbers and instruments taught
while still maintaining top quality tuition. We are also looking to
expand our on site music café where students can relax with a coffee
and maybe a tune or two.

How will you celebrate receiving Hands Up for Trad’s Business
Limelight award?
We will make an announcement to our students and local press then
probably a wee session with a dram or two!!

Andy Gray
Merlin Academy Of Trad Music
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