At the Gordon Duncan Memorial Solo Piping Competition held on the 15th August our Vice Chair, Gary West, announced that the GDMT has now made an astonishing £102,800 in donations to various good causes in traditional Scottish music.
The Trust founded by the virtuoso piper and composer’s family and friends with the aims of preserving and building on Gordon Duncan’s legacy by funding and supporting young traditional musicians. The idea was the brainchild of folk musician Martin Hughes, a friend of Gordon’s.
Over 15 years the GDMT has supported young pipers, pipe bands and other traditional musicians in accessing quality tuition and developing their compositions. The full list of awards made is found under ‘Sponsorship’ on this website.
We reached the £100,000 milestone with an award to Bobby Allen, a young piper who has Asperger Syndrome and who has just been accepted onto the degree course run jointly by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the National Piping Centre. The award was to help fund his piping lessons. Bobby played a fine medley of tunes for us at the GDM Solo Piping Competition, while the results were collated, to help us celebrate this achievement.
Scots Trad Music Awards 2021
Scots Trad Music Awards 2021 will be held this year on the 4th December 2021. The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust will sponsor the ‘Online Performance of 2021 Award’ this year.
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