Barga School

School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance                  Updated: 10 Feb 2017
2nd-9th September 2017 

Barga, Italy

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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 2-9th September 2017. Organised by Càirdeas nam Piobairean,  Hamish Moore’s fellowship of pipers.


Kathleen MacInnes– Gaelic song
Siobhan Miller – Scots song
Sarah McFadyen – Fiddle
Derrick Cameron (Cape Breton) – Guitar accompaniment
Melody Cameron (Cape Breton) – Step dance and Fiddle
Pat Ballantyne – Step dance
Gary West  – Pipes
Fin Moore – Pipes

Accommodation for Students.

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

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I have also been offered the use of Casa Cordati for rehearsing, teaching, sessions and a private concert if all the rooms are booked by students. Special rates will apply if all the rooms are booked. Casa Cordati is a magnificent building in Via di Mezzo and its majestic interior will be a fantastic and welcome addition to the school.

To book accommodation please email Casa Cordati directly rather than try to book through any booking sites because these sites will say that its fully booked. That’s because I have booked off the whole house for the school.

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Important .Please note that Casa Cordati is now fully booked with our students. 19/12/2016.


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


Hamish Moore – founder and organiser of the Barga School
Iain Richardson – web, Facebook and email



Monday 4th to Friday 8th September 2017: 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 one of the evenings.


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 in the Old Town, near the marker on this map.

The nearest airports are Florence and Pisa. Barga is around 1.5 hours drive from either airport. Depending on your arrival time, there may be opportunities to share transport from the airport with other participants – please see our Facebook page nearer the time.


To register and pay by cheque or via the web (subject to an additional booking fee), please click here.

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