High standard in Finzean School of Piping recital

The Finzean School of Piping gave a recital in the village hall.
The Finzean School of Piping gave a recital in the village hall.

The village of Finzean is fortunate in having a School of Piping, recognised as a Scottish charity, where children are taught traditional music on the great Highland bagpipe, writes a contributor.

Since 2010, Jenny Murray from Tillycroy, who is a pupil of the renowned Donald Morrison from South Uist and a highly skilful teacher, has inspired children to learn the pipes.

On May 8, the Finzean School of Piping gave a recital in the village hall which reflected the high standards which the pupils have achieved.

Ian Kinnear, from Edzell, the leading maker and player of the Scottish Smallpipes also played a selection.

The annual prizes and certificates of achievement were presented by Lady Alison Farquharson of Finzean as follows:

Junior Novice of the Year Shield - Gregor Wildgoose

Junior Piping Shield - Ben Pirrie

Senior Piping Shield - Tom Blackhall

Tom Ironside Trophy for Students of the Year - Finlay Shand

Donald Farquharson congratulated Jenny Murray and her students for an excellent and entertaining performance.

He said that it was encouraging that some pupils play in competing bands and have been very successful. They will be playing in major championships this year.

Some pupils have taken part in musical workshops and concerts with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Shotts and Dykehead, Field Montgomery of Alamein and Scottish Power, all famous bands.