Who we are

Children's Orchestra

Young Musicians Hebrides (SC026059) is a voluntary sector organisation whose main aim is to provide music tuition and group music making activities for young people. Established in 1995 as a children’s orchestra, since 2002 we have been running projects to build a team of local tutors to teach a range of instruments and activities. Based in Stornoway, we are developing new opportunities to extend music making for children and adults throughout the Western Isles.

Promoting Access, Developing Excellence - is the key theme that informs all our initiatives.

Our mission is simple: to provide more and varied learning opportunities for all age-groups in all musical styles. Inclusion is a vital aspect of developing our services but rurality, lack of transport and availability of skilled tutors present us with significant challenges to achieving our aims.


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What we do


We focus on group music making to develop social as well as musical skills and we aim for everyone to have fun learning to work together so that they get the most out of making music with others.

Individual tuition

Individual tuition gives students the opportunity to pursue their music further and achieve their full potential. Music theory and aural training, are included, and examinations are offered when appropriate.

Working in partnership

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Young Musicians Hebrides tutors and students can provide a wide range of services for other organisations;


Grant-aided projects are used to pilot new ideas and acquire training. Examples of these projects include our Rock Roadshows, Summer Schools, and ‘Ciste Chiùil’ which provided a programme of music activities and training in Gaelic pre-school groups across Lewis and Harris.