Megan calls the tune

Grocott's Mail - - ARTSLIFE -

This week, Grade 3 St An­drew’s Prep pupil Megan Wienekus pro­gressed from the chanter on to a full set of bag­pipes, mak­ing her the youngest Prep­pie in the his­tory of the 133-year-old school. Megan is also the only girl to take up the bag­pipes at Prep.

Be­cause she is so young, a spe­cially made mouth­piece and chanter had to be fit­ted to the set to en­able to her to play com­fort­ably. “Megan is self-driven and ex­tremely en­thu­si­as­tic,” her mu­sic teacher and Old Prep­pie Mur­ray Roodt said. “She pro­gressed quickly through her tunes to make it pos­si­ble for her to qual­ify to start work­ing on the pipes. She has learned six tunes by heart al­ready.”

His­tor­i­cally the bag­pipes were an in­stru­ment mainly played by men march­ing off to bat­tle. A dif­fi­cult in­stru­ment to mas­ter be­cause of the weight of the bag and drones, as well as the ex­er­tion needed to keep the bag in­flated while march­ing has made learn­ing the bag­pipes a daunt­ing task, but one she is happy to take on.

Photo: Sup­plied

Megan Wienekus of St An­drew’s Prep with Prep mu­sic teacher Mur­ray Roodt.

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