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About the Trust

HIGHLAND MUSIC TRUST (Scottish Charity SC028065) is a Scottish charitable trust formed in 1998 by Eric and Helen Allan, and operated entirely by them from their home near Inverness and Culloden Battlefield. They have been involved with music throughout their lives, and currently play with Inverness Fiddlers and Scots music group Birl. Both retired, they have been able to combine their professional skills and interests in their voluntary work for the Trust.

They formed the Trust, with the help of a generous donation from a benefactor, to support the work of Balnain House, a traditional music resource centre in Inverness, helping in the production of the Athole Collection and others. Since Balnain House was, sadly, forced to close in 2001, the Trust has continued the work of making Scottish music available to all.

The welcome revival of interest in traditional music has encouraged high standards of teaching, performance and presentation, and it is vital that players have access to the sources of the music to allow them to develop their creative skills. Highland Music Trust contributes with its reprints of some of the great 18th and 19th century collections of Scottish music and the publication of contemporary compositions.

The music is reset in clear type by Helen, with Eric as project manager. All of their work is voluntary, with help from friends in the music world, particularly researcher Charlie Gore and fiddlers Jim Leslie and Duncan Dyker. Duncan and others were also featured in the Trust’s first CD recording Collectors’ Items. The Trust has received generous support for its printing costs from individuals, charitable trusts and public bodies.

The Trust now has two additional trustees, Jim and Moira Leslie, from the Black Isle, who are actively involved with Scottish music.

Contact: Helen or Eric Allan, Arras, Drumossie, Inverness, IV1 5BB, Scotland
Tel: 01463 717811   Email: hmt@heallan.com