The Gaitherin is a charity which works with young people through the medium of music (traditional and contemporary), dance and drama.
Youth work is a very important part of the Gaitherin where every child is encouraged, valued and supported. Whilst it helps to enjoy music, it is not necessary to already play an instrument.
Two Gaitherins are held each year. The Gaitherin for primary school aged participants is in the Easter holidays and the Gaitherin for the secondary aged participants is in the October holidays.
The Gaitherin runs all day from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and culminates in a concert for family and friends on the Friday evening.
For some participants there is a residential option. 24 participants (usually the older ones for each Gaitherin) can choose to stay at the Sir Arthur Grant Centre near Monymusk where evening activities and more youth work takes place.
The venues are usually either Inverurie Academy, Kemnay Academy or Alford Academy, depending on where is available.