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Kintyre Piping Society Junior Competition

Postby Admin3 » Tue May 17, 2005 4:09 pm

Fiona Mitchell & Fraser Wylie are tops in Kintyre.

They came from far and wide to Campbeltown last weekend for the Kintyre Piping Society’s Annual Junior Piping and Drumming Championships. The event, held in the Argyll Arms Hotel and the Town Hall attracted a total of 120 young pipers, drummers and chanter players from all parts of Scotland and Ireland.

But at the end of an intense day of wall to wall piping and drumming top trumps were Campbeltown’s own Fiona Mitchell and Fraser Wylie. They each went home with a clutch of trophies including, for Fiona, the Pipe Major Ronald MacCallum Shield as Junior Champion and, for Fraser, the McCallum Memorial Cup as Senior Champion. Fraser Wylie was also awarded the John D. Burgess Medal as piper with most points overall on the day.

Both Fiona Mitchell and Fraser Wylie are members of the renowned Kintyre Schools Pipe Band led by their tutor Pipe Major Ian McKerral. They also get the odd Piobaireachd lesson from World Champion, Willie McCallum, and, in Fiona’s case regular tuition from Pipe Major Jim Henderson (otherwise known as “the Catch from Cowal”).

Thirteen years old Fiona, who is in Second Year at Campbeltown Grammar School, claimed a total of 3 first places in the Under 15 years events, where she was up against 25 other entrants from all parts. For Fiona, it was the icing on the cake following a string of more modest achievements over a 6 month period, starting with success at the Mod in Perth last October and her consequent solo performance on BBC Scotland Television.

In the 15 to 17 years Section, Fraser was placed first in all but one of his six events. He was Runner-Up to Struan Thorpe of Lochgilphead in the 2 X 2/4 Marches. “Everything just went right,” said 16 years old Fraser. “I hit a purple patch today and I just didn’t make mistakes. I was lucky as everyone else was playing pretty well too. I just hope I havn’t been spending too much time on the pipes with my Highers starting this week.”

There were a couple of other notable local successes, with Stuart McConnachie being placed First in the 12 to 14 years Chanter event, and Sarah Muir also coming in First in the Under 15 years Piobaireachd Ground Event.

There was a tremendous atmosphere in the packed Argyll Hotel Function Room as the concluding Hornpipes and Jigs were played out. At the end of the day, before the prize-giving, the Senior judge, Pipe Major Angus John MacLellan paid tribute to the work of all the young players and their tutors. He also recognised the support from all the parents in ensuring that talented children are afforded every opportunity to go far in piping and drumming. Willie McCallum Senior summed up with a Vote of Thanks , referring particularly to the work put in by the12 judges, Angus J MacLellan, William McCallum Junior, Robert Stewart, Lorne Cousin, Lorne MacDougall, Peter Hunt, Jean Morrison, Ronald McShannon, Bruce Campbell, Brian McComish, Angus MacColl and John Morrans. Mr McCallum thanked the stewards and his hard working committee who were on the go all day ensuring the smooth running of some 300 individual performances with scarcely a hitch. He also thanked Argyll & Bute Council for the facility at The Town Hall and the proprietors and patrons of the Argyll Arms Hotel for cheerfully putting up with a huge amount of disruption all day.

Full Results
Event 1 – Chanter Under 12 Years March

1st Bradley Parker, County Down.
2nd Ian Wilson, Strachur
3rd Lewis Anderson, Campbeltown
4th Lindsay Campbell, Campbeltown
5th Archie McCallum, Campbeltown
6th Fiona Galbraith, Campbeltown

Event 2 – Chanter 12 to 14 years March
1st Stuart McConnachie, Southend
2nd Scott Stalker, Campbeltown
3rd Alice Crossan, Campbeltown

Event 3 – Novice March on Bagpipes
1st Scott MacLean, Lochgilphead
2nd Craig Lang, Lochgilphead
3rd William Cowan, Campbeltown
4th Charles McFadyen, Campbeltown
5th Alan McCormick, Campbeltown
6th Angus MacColl, Benderloch

Event 4 – Bagpipes – March under 15 years
1st Andrew Travers, Blairadam
2nd Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir
3rd Callum McCaig, Kilmacolm
4th Mark McCormick, Campbeltown
5th Andrew McPhee, Bridge of Earn
6th Nathan Drysdale, Edinburgh

Event 5 – Bagpipes – Strathspey & Reel under 15 years
1st Fiona Mitchell, Campbeltown
2nd Andrew Travers, Blairadam
3rd Mark McCormick, Campbeltown
4th Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir
5th Andrew McPhee, Bridge of Earn
6th Calum McCaig, Kilmacolm

Event 6 – Bagpipes – Ground of Piobaireachd under 15 years
1st Sarah Muir, Campbeltown
2nd Jonathan Graham, Glasgow
3rd Ross Ferguson, Campbeltown
4th Raymond Kennedy, Glendaruel

Event 7 – Bagpipes – Piobearaichd Under 15 years
1st Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir
2nd Andrew Travers, Blairadam
3rd Jordan Drysdale, Edinburgh
4th Andrew McPhee, Bridge of Earn

Event 8 – 2 X 2/4 Marches under 15 years – Bagpipes
1st Fiona Mitchell, Campbeltown
2nd Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir
3rd Callum McCaig, Kilmacolm
4th Nathan Drysdale, Edinburgh
5th Jonathan Graham, Glasgow
6th Andrew Travers, Blairadam

Event 9 – Bagpipes – Slow Air Under 15 years
1st Fiona Mitchell, Campbeltown
2nd Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir
3rd Nathan Drysdale, Edinburgh
4th Jordan Drysdale, Edinburgh

Event 10 – Bagpipes – March 15 to 17 years
1st Fraser Wylie, Campbeltown
2nd Craig Killen, Strachur
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon
4th Daniel Johnstone, Oban
5th Struan Thorpe, Lochgilphead
6th Julie Blue, Campbeltown

Event 11 – Bagpipes – Strathspey & Reel 15 to 17 years
1st Fraser Wylie, Campbeltown
2nd Daniel Johnstone, Oban
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon
4th Julie Blue, Campbeltown
5th Craig Killen, Strachur
6th Struan Thorpe, Lochgilphead

Event 12 – Bagpipes – Hornpipe & Jig 15 to 17 years
1st Fraser Wylie, Campbeltown
2nd Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon
3rd Craig Killen, Strachur
4th Daniel Johnstone, Oban
5th Gavin Ferguson, Campbeltown
6th Julie Blue, Campbeltown

Event 13 – Bagpipes – Piobaireachd – 15 to 17 years
1st Fraser Wylie, Campbeltown
2nd Daniel Johnstone, Oban
3rd Craig Killen, Strachur
4th Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon
5th Julie Blue, Campbeltown
6th Alison Buchanan, Glasgow

Event 14 – Bagpipes – 2 X 2/4 Marches – 15 to 17 years
1st Struan Thorpe, Lochgilphead
2nd Fraser Wylie, Campbeltown
3rd Calum MacColl, Fort William

Event 15 – Bagpipes – March Strathspey & Reel – under 18 years
1st Fraser Wylie, Campbeltown
2nd Craig Killen, Strachur
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon
4th Jordan Drysdale, Edinburgh
5th Nathan Drysdale, Edinburgh
6th Julie Blue, Campbeltown

Event 16 – Dress & Deportment
Winner - Daniel Johnstone, Oban

Event 17 – Stick & Pad – 2 parts March under 15 Years
1st Graham McMillan, Inveraray
2nd Lewis Anderson, Campbeltown (Local Winner)
3rd Fiona McKerral, Campbeltown

Event 18 – Drumming – 4 parts March Under 15 years
1st Steven Shedden, Glasgow
2nd Ewan Millar, Campbeltown (Local Winner)
3rd Christopher Thomson, Campbeltown

Event 19 – Drumming – March Strathspey & Reel Under 18 years
1st William Quinn, Dunoon
2nd Steven Shedden, Glasgow
3rd Andrew McCulloch, Oban

Event 20 – Drumming – Medley, Under 18 Years
1st William Quinn, Dunoon
2nd Andrew McCulloch, Oban
3rd Fraser Smart, Dunoon
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