After some out of the box thinking, local schools’ Piping Teachers tumbled to the idea of using electronic chanters instead.
At a cost of £300 to £500 a piece, and the need to have several E chanters to cover all Primary and Secondary schools in the Western Isles, cost was a problem. Not to be put off, teachers got together and approached piping friends and groups for help or to ask if they could loan or donate any E Chanters. Despite an excellent response, there was still a shortfall.
Direct approaches were then made to local businesses and organisations and the appeal attracted fantastic generosity from throughout the community.
Esther MacDonald said: “Grateful thanks must go to all who loaned or donated chanters as well as those who so kindly contributed.
“During lockdown, instrumental lessons were provided on-line, however, pupils have been back full time since August so it has not been possible to provide piping lessons because of the restrictions again.
Piping Teachers are delivering lessons with the E Chanters and pupils are absolutely delighted.
”To be providing live tuition once again using the electronic chanters has been a complete game changer and brought a new dimension to learning - pupils are back with a fresh enthusiasm.
“It is great to see the community supporting the work of the Comhairle in such a positive way and making all this possible.”