THE Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust has asked for guidance and advice on how it can create a bespoke support scheme for youth music education across Scotland so tuition to continue during the Covid-19 outbreak.

It wants to hear from youth groups and tutors about the best ways of teaching and how continuity of learning can be delivered remotely over the coming weeks.

The trust, which will fund the scheme, also wants to hear about innovations or good practice that is helping to deliver lessons others can learn from, or challenges youth groups are facing in terms of technology or software. The trust was established in 2018 in memory of Eilidh MacLeod from the Isle of Barra, who died along with 21 others in the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017.

It supports music education for young people, reflecting Eilidh’s own musical ability as a piper with the Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band.

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Founder and trustee Suzanne White said: “Eilidh’s trust is a small charity and limited in what we can do but we really want to play our full part in helping to deliver some continuity of learning and make sure this period can be a bit more manageable for young performers.

“We fully understand the need for tuition to continue so that creative skills progress and develop. It is also good for the young musicians to maintain a routine of learning in their chosen discipline, something we want to help facilitate.

“We want music groups, tutors and pupils to tell us what works and what won’t work and what Eilidh’s Trust can do to support youth music education throughout this period.”

The trust will only be able to support groups or programmes that fully comply with all regulations for safeguarding and protection of children. For more information email

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