Brìghde is Lone Piper at Hig­h­and Tat­too

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A TAL­ENTED Skye young­ster will be play­ing a cen­tral role at the High­land Mil­i­tary Tat­too.

17-year- old piper, Brìghde Chaim­beul, who was born and brought up on the is­land and now lives in Kyle of Lochalsh, has been cho­sen as the Lone Piper for this year’s Tat­too which takes place at Fort Ge­orge out­side In­ver­ness from 11–13 Septem­ber.

An award-win­ning piper since the age of ten when she won the Piobaireachd com­pe­ti­tion at the fi­nal Strath­clyde Po­lice Pip­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, Brìghde is a tal­ented all-round mu­si­cian who also plays the small pipes, whis­tles and pi­ano.

She is the youngest ever win­ner of a ju­nior pìobaireachd prize at the pres­ti­gious North­ern Meet­ing and last year won the over­all Un­der-18 tro­phy.

Brìghde is a for­mer pupil of Niall Stewart, pip­ing in­struc­tor for Lochalsh and South Skye schools.

Tra­di­tion­ally, the Lone Piper plays at the close of a mil­i­tary tat­too, bring­ing the event to an end be­fore the per­form­ers march out of the arena.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Seymour Monro, tat­too di­rec­tor, said: ‘The tat­too is show­cas­ing the tal­ents of many young mu­si­cians from across the High­lands and we are de­lighted that a fine young piper of Brìghde’s cal­i­bre is join­ing us for this pres­ti­gious role.’

Fea­tur­ing an RAF Typhoon fly-past each night, massed pipes and drums, High­land dancers, mil­i­tary bands and an in­ter- Ser­vices com­pe­ti­tion, this year’s tat­too also has a fo­cus on high qual­ity lo­cal food and drink with a new im­proved cater­ing and re­tail vil­lage.

Sup­port for the vil­lage is com­ing from the Com­mu­nity Food Fund, which is fi­nanced by the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment, and has been cre­ated to pro­mote lo­cal food and drink, in line with Scot­land’s Na­tional Food and Drink Year.

All prof­its from the events will be do­nated to armed forces char­i­ties. Tick­ets are avail­able via Tick­et­line www. tick­et­line.co.uk or 0844 888 9991; at Eden Court box of­fice on 01463 234234; or at the High­landers’ Mu­seum at Fort Ge­orge on 0131 310 8701.

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