Celebration Burns Supper at Morrison’s Academy: The 2015 Morrison’s Academy Burns Supper featured a range of top class speakers, performers and musical entertainment, in order both to celebrate the work of our national bard and to help raise funds to support the Pipe Band’s planned visit to Muscat in 2016.

The evening began with a musical prelude from the Morrison’s Academy Pipe Band and the school’s String Quartet, against a backcloth of camels crossing the desert, with frankincense wafting through the hall.

The haggis was then piped in by Pipe Major Cameron Lee accompanied by Amy Lee, dressed as Poosie Nancy, followed by Mr Alasdair Robertson, who addressed the haggis in time-honoured fashion. The 200 or so guests then had the chance to taste the haggis and other delicious courses, which were served by members of the Pipe Band.

After supper there was more piping from the school’s Piping Quartet, followed by a delightful medley of Burns songs beautifully sung by former pupil Dr Marcia McDougall, accompanied by Mrs Joan Taylor on piano.

The evening moved on to the traditional Burns Night speeches, beginning with an informative Immortal Memory delivered by broadcaster and writer Mr Carl MacDougall, who encouraged the crowd to see Burns as just one man within the great canon of Scottish poets and writers, a line which extends to this day.

The speeches were punctuated by ‘Three Braw Lads’ giving their humorous rendition of ‘Willie Brew’d A Peck O’ Maut’ complete with three-pint hip flask.

Back to the speeches and it was the turn of Dr Jim Grant to toast the lassies, which he did in a witty and entertaining fashion.

Mrs Rona Molloy replied on behalf of the lassies, ensuring that no one was in any doubt about the merits and superiority of the fairer sex.

More entertainment followed with a virtuoso performance of ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ by Mr Charlie Methven, which held the audience spell-bound.

After an auction and raffle of the many items which had been kindly donated, the evening finished with the rousing sound of the pipers playing McPherson’s Lament and the whole Pipe Band performing Auld Lang Syne and a number of encores.

All in all it was a most splendid evening, all the more so as over £6000 was raised to help equip and prepare the Band for its next international tour, this time to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. This will follow on from the very successful tours that the band has undertaken in recent years.

In 2013 the band went to Hong Kong, where they were able to re-establish contact with many former pupils, some of whom had played in the Pipe Band whilst at school. Last year pupils travelled to New York, where they represented Scotland as the Official Pipe Band of the 2014 Tartan Day Parade and also at the annual Scotland Run in Central Park. Both experiences were unforgettable.

Next year’s visit to the Sultanate of Oman has been inspired by the country’s growing enthusiasm for piping and drumming.

As a young man, the Sultan of Oman attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and subsequently served with the Cameron Highlanders where he developed a love of pipe bands. Now, every branch of the Sultanate’s Armed Forces has a Pipe Band and the Morrison’s Pipe Band will enjoy the privilege of some joint performances with them.

The trip promises to be a very different experience again for band members, who will have the chance to travel around and see the beauty and diversity of the Sultanate and meet local people and school children.

Morrison’s Academy pupils celebrate the work of the bard: The Morrison’s Academy Primary Scots Singing Competition took place last month, with a high standard of singing across all the year groups.

The school was delighted to welcome Jaffa Quan Weinreich, an experimental folk singer, who is currently working in the field of traditional Scots and Gaelic song, to judge the competition.

The finalists in the P1-3 group, singing ‘Coulter’s Candy’, were Jennifer Drysdale, Alice Clark and Charlie Deeth. Charlie was named overall winner in P1-3 and Alice received a special commendation for her energy and enthusiasm.

P4 and 5 were able to choose which song they wanted to sing from ‘The Day we went to Rothesay, O’, ‘Hieland Laddie’ and ‘The Bluebells of Scotland’. Patrick Andrews and Leah Strickland went through to the final, with Patrick named overall winner in P4-5.

Finally, the P6 and transitional pupils made their choice of song from ‘The Loch Tay Boat Song’, ‘A Man’s a Man for A’That’, ‘Charlie is my Darling’ and ‘Bonnie Dundee’. Emma Russell, Katherine Bryce and Zoe Burrowes were the P6 and Transitional finalists with Zoe named the overall group winner.

Meanwhile, over in the Nursery pupils celebrated with a Burns Supper-themed snack. They enjoyed a starter of local fruits before tucking into their haggis, neeps and tatties.

They finished the meal with a wee dram of ‘whisky’ (apple juice) just like someone’s grandpa does at home. One of the senior pupils, Harry Thomson, piped in the haggis and the nursery children were very intrigued by his pipes and the noise they made.

Celebration Burns Supper at Morrison’s Academy: The 2015 Morrison’s Academy Burns Supper featured a range of top class speakers, performers and musical entertainment, in order both to celebrate the work of our national bard and to help raise funds to support the Pipe Band’s planned visit to Muscat in 2016.

The evening began with a musical prelude from the Morrison’s Academy Pipe Band and the school’s String Quartet, against a backcloth of camels crossing the desert, with frankincense wafting through the hall.

The haggis was then piped in by Pipe Major Cameron Lee accompanied by Amy Lee, dressed as Poosie Nancy, followed by Mr Alasdair Robertson, who addressed the haggis in time-honoured fashion. The 200 or so guests then had the chance to taste the haggis and other delicious courses, which were served by members of the Pipe Band.

After supper there was more piping from the school’s Piping Quartet, followed by a delightful medley of Burns songs beautifully sung by former pupil Dr Marcia McDougall, accompanied by Mrs Joan Taylor on piano.

The evening moved on to the traditional Burns Night speeches, beginning with an informative Immortal Memory delivered by broadcaster and writer Mr Carl MacDougall, who encouraged the crowd to see Burns as just one man within the great canon of Scottish poets and writers, a line which extends to this day.

The speeches were punctuated by ‘Three Braw Lads’ giving their humorous rendition of ‘Willie Brew’d A Peck O’ Maut’ complete with three-pint hip flask.

Back to the speeches and it was the turn of Dr Jim Grant to toast the lassies, which he did in a witty and entertaining fashion.

Mrs Rona Molloy replied on behalf of the lassies, ensuring that no one was in any doubt about the merits and superiority of the fairer sex.

More entertainment followed with a virtuoso performance of ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ by Mr Charlie Methven, which held the audience spell-bound.

After an auction and raffle of the many items which had been kindly donated, the evening finished with the rousing sound of the pipers playing McPherson’s Lament and the whole Pipe Band performing Auld Lang Syne and a number of encores.

All in all it was a most splendid evening, all the more so as over £6000 was raised to help equip and prepare the Band for its next international tour, this time to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. This will follow on from the very successful tours that the band has undertaken in recent years.

In 2013 the band went to Hong Kong, where they were able to re-establish contact with many former pupils, some of whom had played in the Pipe Band whilst at school. Last year pupils travelled to New York, where they represented Scotland as the Official Pipe Band of the 2014 Tartan Day Parade and also at the annual Scotland Run in Central Park. Both experiences were unforgettable.

Next year’s visit to the Sultanate of Oman has been inspired by the country’s growing enthusiasm for piping and drumming.

As a young man, the Sultan of Oman attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and subsequently served with the Cameron Highlanders where he developed a love of pipe bands. Now, every branch of the Sultanate’s Armed Forces has a Pipe Band and the Morrison’s Pipe Band will enjoy the privilege of some joint performances with them.

The trip promises to be a very different experience again for band members, who will have the chance to travel around and see the beauty and diversity of the Sultanate and meet local people and school children.

Morrison’s Academy pupils celebrate the work of the bard: The Morrison’s Academy Primary Scots Singing Competition took place last month, with a high standard of singing across all the year groups.

The school was delighted to welcome Jaffa Quan Weinreich, an experimental folk singer, who is currently working in the field of traditional Scots and Gaelic song, to judge the competition.

The finalists in the P1-3 group, singing ‘Coulter’s Candy’, were Jennifer Drysdale, Alice Clark and Charlie Deeth. Charlie was named overall winner in P1-3 and Alice received a special commendation for her energy and enthusiasm.

P4 and 5 were able to choose which song they wanted to sing from ‘The Day we went to Rothesay, O’, ‘Hieland Laddie’ and ‘The Bluebells of Scotland’. Patrick Andrews and Leah Strickland went through to the final, with Patrick named overall winner in P4-5.

Finally, the P6 and transitional pupils made their choice of song from ‘The Loch Tay Boat Song’, ‘A Man’s a Man for A’That’, ‘Charlie is my Darling’ and ‘Bonnie Dundee’. Emma Russell, Katherine Bryce and Zoe Burrowes were the P6 and Transitional finalists with Zoe named the overall group winner.

Meanwhile, over in the Nursery pupils celebrated with a Burns Supper-themed snack. They enjoyed a starter of local fruits before tucking into their haggis, neeps and tatties.

They finished the meal with a wee dram of ‘whisky’ (apple juice) just like someone’s grandpa does at home. One of the senior pupils, Harry Thomson, piped in the haggis and the nursery children were very intrigued by his pipes and the noise they made.