Praise for response to logo competition

Prize-winner Madeleine Lenthall with art teacher Jenni May, left, and Ceilidh Collective committee member Megan Albon .
Prize-winner Madeleine Lenthall with art teacher Jenni May, left, and Ceilidh Collective committee member Megan Albon .

The Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective have praised the quality of entries to a competition among secondary schools in Upper Deeside and Donside for the design of a logo to represent the aim of the new community initiative.

The contest was launched in the run-up to the start of the Collective’s summer programme and thanks to the sterling efforts of local art teachers at Alford and Aboyne Academies, an impressive 90 entries were submitted by pupils from both schools.

The entries were of an incredibly high standard and it was very difficult to choose just one

Megan Albon DDCC Committee Member

Alford Academy teacher Jenni May said: “The kids hugely enjoyed the opportunity to take part in a live competition. The work that came in was fantastic and really shows off what a talented junior phase we have here at Alford.”

Ceilidh Collective committee members found themselves hard-pressed to select a winner from among the outstanding entries.

Megan Albon, a committee member, said: “We are so grateful to the art teachers for picking up the competition and inspiring the children to take part. The entries were of an incredibly high standard and it was very difficult to choose just one.

“They really grasped what the Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective is about - bringing people together through music in this fantastic part of the world.”

The winning logo was designed by Madeleine Lenthall, an S2 pupil at Alford and the runners-up were Jessica Morris, S3, Sophie Turnbull, S1 and Sandy Watt, S1.

The Collective is supported by the Crerar Hotels Trust’s award Together: Young and Old.

It is an initiative designed to develop the local heritage of traditional Scottish music by encouraging experienced musicians to share their skills with those for whom playing at a ceilidh might be a new venture, and to bring together young and old through traditional ceilidhs.

The Collective has developed a programme of workshops and ceilidhs to run over six weekends across Deeside and Donside.

It kicks off on May 14/15 May in Ballater at the Victoria and Albert Halls.

Workshops will include upper and lower intermediate fiddle, led by Paul Anderson and Averil Blackhall, respectively, guitar (Pete MacCallum), pipes, whistles and flutes (Fraser Fifield), song (Shona Donaldson) andsongwriting (Jenny Sturgeon).

Further information is available at www.deedonceilidhcollective.org.uk