On February 25, the winner of the 2023 Archie Kenneth Quaich for amateur piobaireachd was Matthew Kirkwood playing the Battle of Auldearn No. 1. Prizes were given out by Derek Fraser, Secretary of the Piobaireachd Society.

•Matthew Kirkwood

Full results:

  1. Matthew Kirkwood Auldearn No.1
  2. Ben Hall The Garden of Roses
  3. Leslie Barrett Clan Campbell’s Gathering
  4. John Forbes Lament for Sir James MacDonald of the Isles
  5. Tom Peterkin Viscount of Dundee

Twenty-three played. Judges were Ronnie MacShannon and Finlay Johnston. Ronnie gave a short speech thanking the competitors and suggesting some work on the bagpipe and technique would have lifted some other performances to the level of the prize winners. The competition is run by The Piobaireachd Society.

As usual a very social day out at the Rooms of the Royal Scottish Piper’s Society, who were thanked for their kind hospitality.

Thanks to Peter McCalister for the report and the photos.

•Derek Fraser with Matthew Kirkwood