Feast of piping in Finzean

Greg Thow performing The Steamboat
Greg Thow performing The Steamboat

AN appreciative gathering heard recitals by seventeen young people, aged between 7 and 17, of the recently inaugurated Finzean School of Piping, in the village hall.

In welcoming the audience, Sir Angus Farquharson thanked the benefactors who had helped to establish the school.

He congratulated Jenny Murray, Tillycroy, on her initiative in giving expert tuition to “so many young people”.

He said that there had been a strong piping tradition in the Finzean valley for well over 200 years and that this had been maintained by descendants of the MacLeods of Raasay and in recent years by the legendary piping tutor, Bessie Brown.

He said that it was “most heartening” to see so many young people keen to take up the pipes.

The presentations and recitals illustrated the progression of the pupils from scales on the practice chanter to impressive renditions of Marches, Strathspeys and Reels on the pipes.

The recital ended with all the pupils playing a lively local tune – “The Fittie Boatman”.

Donald Farquharson congratulated the pupils on their performances and said tutor Jenny Murray had “achieved wonders in a short space of time”.

The recitals were held earlier this month.