Plockton School of Music : Peter Peacock comments on its future

16 March 2011

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Peter Peacock has commented on the future of Plockton School of Music.
He was speaking after the Scottish Government announced that the School, which has been under threat of closure, would continue to train Scottish musicians of the future through a partnership with the West Highland College (WHC) UHI.

An additional 200,000 a year from 2012/13 to 2014/15 from the Scottish Government will enable the College to link up with the National Centre for Excellence, opening up its facilities to WHC students.

The move will see further education courses in traditional music and other events delivered at the school, with other uses also under consideration.

However, Mr Peacock said the school should never have faced such an uncertain future in the first place.

He commented: "When I was education Minister and the school was established with extra government grants, the money was ring fenced specifically for that purpose.

"We would not have changed that and the school would never have been put through this unnecessary and anxious time as its future was threatened.

"I hope what has been agreed is the firm guarantee that is needed to keep this excellent facility going, without further threat.

"It has been an outstanding success and deserves continued support.

"Having established the national centre of excellence in traditional music, and having witnessed its brilliant success, its future funding would be guaranteed by Labour


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