Around 20 hardy souls met up, undeterred by the Arctic conditions. Full mountaineering honours went to George Lumsden who made it in from the snow peaked Braid Hills and David Vernon who skied down from Liberton.
The Hon P/M was not present for the first time in many months. He has reportedly been snowed in on Mount Corstorphine for 10 days. The honour of kicking off the evening fell therefore to the Hon Treasurer, Iain Speirs; his first performance for the Society since winning in London. His rich pipe was clearly not affected by the weather. Iain gave a very musical selection including the haunting slow air, Malcolm Ferguson, by Donald MacLeod, and Bill Livingstone’s delightful strathspey, Miss Lily.
Environmental Consultant, Jenny Hazzard, took the floor next. Her set included the 6/8 marches, Banks of the Skiach and appropriately enough The Eagle Pipers’ Society – a swinging march by Ron Ackroyd. Jenny finished with Bill Livingstone’s outstanding hornpipe Lillian Livingstone. Miss Lily, the strathspey (see above) and this hornpipe are of course named after Bill’s wife although the former tune appears to have reached popularity oddly enough only recently.
EPS stalwart, Andrew Gray, took the honour of being the Pre-Pie-Piper – a role he clearly relishes as much as eating the things. Andrew played his new full silver mounted MacMurchie pipes (see Match Report 25th November). This set will undoubtedly serve Andrew well in many years to come. His selection included a big MSR and the hornpipe/jig set of Colin Mackay and the infectiously catchy Joshua James.
The evening’s finale was provided by 16 year old Edinburgh Academy pupil, Angus Lutton. Angus is Pipe Corporal in the 100 year old Academy band and also a regular in the school’s cup winning rugby team. He graced the stage with a superb sounding set of silver and ivory Inveran pipes. After warming up with a few light tunes he gave a wonderful performance of Clan Campbell’s Gathering.
The next meeting on 21st December is the EPS Christmas Gathering. No one has yet written a piobaireachd about it, but it promises to be fun!