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Winners announced for first virtual Elgin Strathspey and Reel Fiddle Festival after record entries


By Lorna Thompson

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THE winners have been announced for the first ever virtual Elgin Strathspey and Reel Fiddle Festival.

Elgin's 49th annual celebration of Scots fiddle music, on Saturday, May 1, attracted record entries, from as far afield as Shetland. This year's results are listed below.

The pandemic prevented the usual gathering at Elgin's Williamson Hall again this year, but rather than cancel the event as happened in 2020, organisers ran the festival online.

Competitors submitted video recordings for adjudication.

Joint festival secretary Louise McLean said: "Almost 100 entries were submitted and we were delighted with the support we received.

"Special thanks must go to Angus Lawson, of Moray Rotaract, who has been a tremendous help to us in providing all the technical support required for staging such an event. The committee is very much indebted to him for all his assistance.

"Raemond Jappy, from Aberdeen, was our adjudicator and he certainly had quite a task on his hands. He said it was thoroughly enjoyable and exhausting. However, he did a sterling job and we appreciate the time and effort he put into all his adjudications.

"We are always very grateful for the continued support we receive from the Elgin Rotary Club."

The Rotary Club Shield and bow is awarded every year to a competitor, resident in Moray, who has given the best individual performance in the 13-16 years section. This year’s recipient was Cassie Findlay, from Grange.

Cassie Findlay, from Grange, with the Rotary Club Shield and bow.
Cassie Findlay, from Grange, with the Rotary Club Shield and bow.
Emma Alexander, this year's championship winner.
Emma Alexander, this year's championship winner.

The festival's championship winner was Emma Alexander, originally from Buckie and now resident in Glasgow. Taking up the fiddle at age eight, Emma graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015. She now teaches violin at various schools across Glasgow and performs with the Cairn String Quartet at weddings and events across Scotland.

Laurie Grigor, from Fochabers.
Laurie Grigor, from Fochabers.
Seren Campbell, from Buckie.
Seren Campbell, from Buckie.
George Duthie, from Elgin, with the Maria Senk Rosebowl.
George Duthie, from Elgin, with the Maria Senk Rosebowl.

The Bill Brian Memorial Trophy is awarded to a competitor, outwith the first three placings, in Classes 1 and 2 who has caught the adjudicator's eye – someone whose potential stands out. The trophy was claimed this year by Laurie Grigor, from Fochabers.

The Captain George Douglas Trophy, won this year by Buckie girl Seren Campbell, is handed to the best individual Moray resident and competitor aged 12 or under.

And the Maria Senk Rosebowl, for the competitor who has given the best performance in the senior section and is a member of the Elgin Strathspey and Reel Society, went to George Duthie, from Elgin.

The fiddlers hope to be back at Williamson Hall for live festivals as soon as conditions allow.

Abbie Nye, from Buckie.
Abbie Nye, from Buckie.
Bethyn Wood, from Buckie.
Bethyn Wood, from Buckie.
Briony Stewart, from Urquhart.
Briony Stewart, from Urquhart.
Chloe Campbell, from Bogmoor.
Chloe Campbell, from Bogmoor.
Olivia Starrs, from Lintmill.
Olivia Starrs, from Lintmill.
Rhiann Matthew and her mum Heather Anderson, from Tarland.
Rhiann Matthew and her mum Heather Anderson, from Tarland.

All performances are available to view on the Elgin Strathspey and Reel Society website at https://www.elginstrathspeyandreel.com/annual-festival.

RESULTS

ELGIN STRATHSPEY AND REEL FIDDLE FESTIVAL 2021

Age nine and under – (Kim Murray Trophy)

1st Seren Campbell, Buckie

2nd Chloe Campbell, Bogmoor

3rd Emily Farquharson, Forfar

10-12 years – (McKerron Cup)

1st Jayden Moore, Lerwick

2nd Olivia Starrs, Lintmill

3rd Bethyn Wood, Buckie

Pat Cameron Chambers Trophy – Jayden Moore, Lerwick

Bill Brian Memorial Trophy – Laurie Grigor, Fochabers

Primary Schools Orchestral – (Sound & Vision Trophy)

1st Wee Arc Fiddlers

13-16 years – (George Moir Trophy)

1st Briony Stewart, Urquhart

2nd Cassie Findlay, Grange

3rd Tyler Martin, Portlethen

13-16 years Slow Air (McDonald Cup)

Winner – Erin Ewing, Aberdeen

Secondary Ensemble – (Frank Collins Trophy)

1st Last Minute Trio

Secondary Orchestral – (Fochabers Cup)

1st Junior Arc Fiddlers

Senior March, Strathspey & Reel ( John Barr Cochrane Trophy)

1st June Nelson, Edinburgh

2nd Rhiann Matthew, Tarland

3rd Abbie Nye, Buckie

Senior Slow Air (Elgin Town Council Cup)

1st Rhiann Matthew, Tarland

2nd Abbie Nye, Buckie

3rd June Nelson, Edinburgh

Own Composition ( Effie & Harry Glasgow Trophy)

1st Rhiann Matthew "Heather Anderson’s March Hame"

Championship Class (William Macpherson Trophy)

1st Emma Alexander, Glasgow

2nd Emma Leask, Shetland

3rd Barbara Coutts, Huntly

Senior Orchestral (Duncan Pirie Cup)

1st Heather Anderson Group

2nd The Arc Fiddlers

Local Trophy Winners

Elgin Rotary Club Bow & Trophy – Cassie Findlay, Grange

Captain George Douglas Trophy – Seren Campbell, Buckie

Maria Senk Rosebowl – George Duthie, Elgin


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