Islands’ Junior Piping Competition

A total of 51 children registered to take part in the junior piping competition organised by the Lewis and Harris Piping Society, held at the Grianan Centre in Stornoway recently.

Unfortunately several of those failed to appear on the day due to a combination of stage-fright and the compelling counter attractions.

Those that did appear played with varying degrees of nervousness, but some played with confidence in front of three strapping young men who were acting as judges.

But in his opening remarks the chairman Dr John Smith reminded those competing that not so long ago those same judges were young boys playing in the same competitions and encouraged the children to try and relax and play as well as they could.

The local tutors are confident that next year will see more youngsters taking part in the competition, especially for the pipes, as there has been a resurgence of interest amongst school children recently to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities offered to them in school, and several of those playing the chanter are ready to move on to the pipes.

The judges were Finlay Macleod, Sandy Gomez and Stephen MacQueen.


Competition 1—Donald MacLean Memorial trophy—Slow air on the chanter.

1 Euan Ferguson, Sgoil nan Loch

2 Ruth Cunningham, Back

3 Anton Michael, Bernera

4 Ailyn Mackay, Back

Competition 2—Lewis and Harris Cup—March (2 Parts) on the canter

1 Ailyn Mackay,Back

2 Finlay Widdop, Breasclete

3 Joanna Maclean, Borve

4 Oakley Widdop, Breasclete

Competition 3—Bobby Munro Memorial Trophy—4 Part March on the chanter

1 Katie Murray, Lionel

2 Calum Mackenzie, Nicolson Institute

3 Norman J Campbell, Lionel

4 John Angus Mackay, Lionel

Competition 4—Tir Nam Beann Cup—Novice Piper 2 Parted March

1 Calum Mackinnon, Stornoway

2 Leah Mackay, Back

3 Eilidh Reid, Breasclete

The prizes were presented by Donald Morrison, Barvas, Hon. President of the Piping Society.