Our thoughts were very much with the people of New Zealand tonight and in particular our fellow Kiwi pipers and drummers
The Hon P/M played a few tunes to start the evening before returning to his Master of Ceremonies role – a task he executes with the shimmer of Bruce Forsyth and the discipline of Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi.
11 year old Harry McLachlan, of Aberfeldy, made his EPS debut playing a beautifully rich set of Lawrie drones. Harry, a pupil of Stuart Letford’s, gave an outstanding display with tunes such as Electric Chopsticks and Break Yer Bass Drone. All exceptionally impressive for someone who has only been playing for three years!
Californian, Kyle Rothschild-Mancinelli, played next. Thankfully none of his tutors from Edinburgh University were listening as it is clearly apparent he has focussed his energy on piping since arriving to study last year. Kyle’s set included Ronnie Ackroyd’s swinging 9/8 The Festival March and a heavy MSR.
Next on the floor was Tim Gellaitry of Gellaitry Bagpipes (www.gellaitrybagpipes.com). He introduced himself and his business making handcrafted pipes in Stirling. Tim learnt his craft with Wm. Sinclair & Son for 13 years and has also turned pipes for Hamish Moore. He passed round beautiful set of his aluminium mounted pipes.
Before the pies, the Hon President said a few words about the recent earthquake in New Zealand before handing over to EPS committee member, Tracey Williams. Tracey spoke movingly about the horrors that have occurred and announced that all proceeds from tonight’s pies would be donated to the British Red Cross efforts in NZ. Colin handed over a cheque for £100 from the EPS to kick start the collection.
Post Pie Piper was Vale of Atholl stalwart Craig Sutherland of Crieff. As usual Craig’s pipe and music were of the highest order. He played two big MSRs including Roderick Campbell’s march, The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society. The RSPS themselves will be visiting the EPS on 7th June for a few tunes and perhaps even a pie. Put it in your diary.
John Macdonald of Liverpool University and Dingwall but not Glencoe was next for shaving. We enjoyed a very musical selection, played on a set of classic Henderson drones, including the timeless Braemar Gathering, Ina Mackenzie and Donald MacPherson’s The Curlew.
The headline act of the night was undoubtedly, EPS Committee Member and double silver medallist, Cameron Drummond. Cameron will be playing in The Uist and Barra competition at the College of Piping on 12th March in a very high quality field. He settled a sublime bagpipe with his MSR of The Knightswood Ceilidh, Caledonian Society of London and Broadford Bay before giving a commanding performance of Queen Anne’s Lament. A strong and very moving interpretation.
In all, the pie collection raised £364 for the New Zealand earthquake fund. A magnificent effort. Many thanks indeed to everyone. However, its never too late to donate. Our money will be given to the British Red Cross or alternatively, the Pipes|Drums website is running a collection at www.pipesdrums.com.