The Piobaireachd Society is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen acts as a Patron. The disbursements were made on the occasion of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
In a press release the Society say: ‘Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event held on the Mall last June.
‘The Piobaireachd Society aims to promote piobaireachd, the unique classical music of the Highland bagpipe. Piobaireachd Society President Jack Taylor said, ‘We are delighted and honoured to have The Queen as our Patron. We are very appreciative of this generous gift from the Patron’s Fund. One of our priorities is to assist piobaireachd education for young pipers as much as we can. The gift will be used to fund the Society’s bursary scheme to give one week of expert piobaireachd tuition at the College of Piping in Glasgow for young pipers who do not have easy access to a teacher.’
‘Sir Stuart Etherington, Chairman of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said: ‘The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support [your charity] with its valuable work. The Piobaireachd Society is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.’