Barga School


School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance                  Updated: 30/10/2018
31st August – 7th  September 2019

Barga, Italy

Exciting News. We are offering a course in the 2019 school on Story Telling with Daniel Serridge. As well as his  specialised course it is hoped that there will be creative integration with the rest of the school.

Register for the school by emailing Hamish on

Learn and share Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance in a beautiful hill town in Tuscany. Join us for a week-long School with world class tutors from Scotland and Cape Breton. This year’s School will be held in Barga, Italy, from 31st August – 7th September. Organised by Càirdeas nam Piobairean,  Hamish Moore’s fellowship of pipers.

Tutors for 2019

  • Kathleen MacInnes– Gaelic song.
  • Anna Wendy Stevenson – Fiddle
  • Gary West – Pipes.
  • Anna Murray – Pipes.
  • Hamish Moore – Pipes.
  • Frank McConnell – Step Dance and Quadrilles.
  •  Christine Kydd – Scots Song.
  • Daniel Serridge – Story Telling.

Accommodation for Students

Adele has again offered the beautiful Villa Gherardi to the school for student accommodation –

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The course fee for all participants is £250, which covers the full week’s tuition.
Travel, accommodation and meals are not included.

A deposit of 50 pounds can be paid at time of registration. Balance of 200 to be paid by beginning of June. In the event of cancellation the deposit will not be refunded but will be honoured for the following year.


Hamish Moore – founder and organiser of the Barga School


Most people plan to arrive a couple of days before the school starts and this gives folks a chance to relax, meet fellow musicians, re-connect with old friends and enjoy Barga before classes start.

Classes will be held from Monday 2nd September to Friday 6th September 2019: Each day’s tuition will include classes of your first and second choice plus an integrated class at the end of each day. A tutor’s concert will take place on the evening of Friday 6th September and a student concert that afternoon.


Barga dates back a thousand years and is a walled hill town of astounding beauty.  As well as being surrounded by natural, spectacular mountain scenery its architectural glory is a joy and its narrow streets and lanes make pedestrian transport the norm. This all adds to the incredible charm of the town. Find out more about this unique place here:

Accommodation and Travel:

We have secured places at the Villa Gherardi Hostel. Please contact Adele Pierotti directly to enquire about accommodation at the hostel:
Alternatively, Barga is well served with excellent self-catering accommodation properties. The classes will be held at various studios in the Old Town.

The nearest airports are Florence and Pisa. Barga is around 1.5 hours drive from either airport.

I organise a private bus to meet tutors. Students are very welcome to join this bus if they are on the same flight as the tutors. Once I have booked flights I will post details and open bookings for the bus.

Travelling to Barga by public transport can be either by train or bus. The closest train station is Barga Gallicano from where a taxi can be booked for the final 5 Km’s of the journey. Buses on the other hand will take you right to the old town of Barga without the need for a taxi.


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