Three of Islayâ€™s Youth Pipers competed in the Solo Piping competitions at the Cowal Games on Friday 30th August. Lucy McNiven and Rachel McKinnon played in the confined Novice Juvenile Competition. Lucy gained 1st place and won The Niall Campbel B.E.M Challenge Trophy and Rachel gained 2nd place. Katie McNiven played in three competitions. On Friday morning she competed in the Open March, Strathspey and Reel. Katie was not placed in the top 5, but played outstandingly. In the afternoon, Katie played in the Local March and gained 5th place. She then played in the Local Strathspey and Reel and again gained 5th place. Well done, girls, and a huge thanks to James Carmichael for all his patient teaching, and giving up numerous hours of his own time to tutor the Islay Youth Pipers.
Islay Youth Pipers is a group of chanter players and pipers who are taught by James Carmichael throughout all the schools on Islay. A constituted Group has been set up by Parents and Carers of pupils, forming a committee to deal with the financial costs of helping the group to purchase much-needed sets of bagpipes and other equipment. We hope to be in a financial position in the future to take the young players to various competitions on the mainland and, in time, to purchase Highland dress uniforms for the young pipers. The formal Group was only set up in May, and have had a very successful summer. The Youth Pipers have played at various community events, gaining valuable experience playing together. The Committee has been fundraising during the summer and would like to thank everyone who has helped us. The Youth Pipers are available to play at local events, so please feel free to get in touch. You can email us or message us on our Facebook page â€“ Islay Youth Pipers. Or speak directly to James Carmichael. We are now taking bookings for 2014; book early to avoid disappointment!