2005 Awardee: Chris MacDonald


Teenage piper, Chris MacDonald, started playing the bagpipes at 10 and is now one of the top young solo pipers in Scotland.

He is the first piper from Inverness to become a member of the National Youth Pipe Band. To achieve that honour he had to undergo a three-day audition and face competition from 200 other young hopefuls.

Chris has played in the world championships as a member of the Inverness Pipe Band and has won a number of solo competitions including the Inverness Music Festival and the Inverness Mod. At the age of 15 he opened the Inverness Highland Games.

His aim is to study traditional music at the RSAMD, Glasgow.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award enabled Chris to upgrade his bagpipes to a set of McCallum Bagpipes, which will help him continue to play at the level he is required.