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Pibrochs and Poppies 2015

To mark the centenary of the First World War Strathnaver Museum is delighted to be working with Fèis air an Oir to explore the role of music during the Great War. The project will run for 12 months and has been made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Museums Galleries Scotland.

We will aim to strengthen both an interest in, and understanding of, local music heritage and culture. An exciting part of the project will also see the composition of a brand new piece of music to commemorate those who were involved in WW1.

As part of the project we delivered music workshops and training for volunteers to enable them to develop their heritage skills. The information gathered was digitally recorded so that it can be shared on a dedicated web-page where everyone can get involved and contribute information. An exhibition, CD and DVD of the end of project performance which will showcase a selection of traditional tunes alongside the new composition will also be produced.

  • 39 events held engaging 1,022 participants;
  • Engaged over 100 volunteers;
  • A booklet compiling the research findings produced;
  • An original composition;
  • A CD of the music produced;
  • A travelling exhibition;
  • Professional masterclasses provided to the young musicians;
  • Programme of more informal training to volunteers and other participants.

Do you have pipers in the family who were involved in WW1? If so we would love to hear from you so that you can share their story. To find out more please see our project pages on the links in the sidebar or email for more information and how you can get involved.

The pipers we have identified are:

John D Macdonald, 1st Battalion Scots Guards

Willam Macdonald, 2nd Battalion Scots Guards

Alexander Mackay, Lovat Scouts

Angus Gunn Mackay, 1/6th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

Angus Sutherland Mackay, 1/6th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

Donald M Mackay, 1/5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

William Mackay, 1/6th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

William Duncan Mackay, 8th Service Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

Donald Iain Mackenzie, Scots Guards

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