Lochaber Keep Piping Going Despite Two Year ‘Live’ Lapse

Ken Cameron of the Lochaber Piping Society reports: Our on-line Junior Medley Competition was very successful and the results are below. Just as an indicator of the impact of C-19 and the restrictions, the last ‘live’ Junior competition we held was in 2019 – two years ago – and we were really pleased to welcome back many familiar names as well as many new ones.

As a measure of how long it has been since we have seen some of the competitors, Grace Kelman from Inverness was a young nine-year-old on chanter in our last live competition, now turning in a cracking medley on the pipes to take a very creditable 4th place.

Full marks to all the entrants for making the effort to prepare and submit their video, reflected in the praise from the Adjudicators. John Dew:  “As for the standard, it was of course very high. I feel the standard of junior piping is increasing year on year and these performances demonstrated that very clearly. As a judge I was looking for an overall musical impression which each competitor demonstrated and so creating a prize list was very difficult indeed. This was a most enjoyable contest to judge and I feel we really should continue to have more competitions of this format!”

15-18 Age Group (Adjudicator – Connor Sinclair):

1.       Bobby Allen (pictured at the Games, top)

2.       Calum Dunbar

3.       Campbell Stewart

4.       Laura Robertson

5.       Dugald MacKechnie

6.       Andrew Orr

Best Lochaber resident: Laura Robertson

14 & Under Age Group (Adjudicator – John Dew):

1.       Lewis Maxwell

2.       Hector Finlayson

3.       Gregor Grierson

4.       Grace Kelman

5.       Angus Crockett

6.       Craig Mitchell

Youngest Competitor: Rory Menzies

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