Wednesday, November 14, 2012

During the busy summer months I look at the final months of the year and think that things will get back to a slower, gentler way of life.  Boy, have I been wrong!  The College has been teeming with activity.  Students coming and going for lessons, bands practicing and the dance company up and running.  It's been a hub of activity!  The past few months have flown by and before we know it, Christmas will be upon us.  There is only a little over a month until the recital...

Congratulations to Ryan MacNeil, our fabulous Highland Storm director!  Ryan and his family, the Barra MacNeils, have won Music Nova Scotia's Best Classical Recording award for their album, "The Barra MacNeils with Symphony Nova Scotia".  The picture below is that of the family and their prestigious award.  Well done!

The Barra MacNeils and their Music Nova Scotia Award 

Congratulations are also in order for College alumni Iain Speirs!  Iain had a fantastic weekend at the Scottish Piping Society of London Competition.  After winning the piobaireachd contest at the prestigious Glenfiddich Championship the weekend before, Iain took first prize in the Bratach Gorm (the piobaireachd contest) and second place in the William Gillies Memorial Challenge Cup (the march/strathspey/reel contest). The Bratach Gorm is considered to be one of the top five contests for a Highland piper. To say that the College is proud is an understatement!  Fantastic result!

Iain Speirs

This weekend our very own Sarah Simpson is headed to Hamilton, Ontario to compete at the 17th Annual George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Competition.  Ten of the top amateur pipers in North America are competing at this contest. Sarah was the overall aggregate winner in Grade One solos (the top grade for amateurs) for the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association.  Good luck, Sarah!  

Sarah performing at a recent College ceilidh

Don't forget that there is a ceilidh this Friday night!  For only $5 you can enjoy singing, dancing, free food and non-alcoholic beverages, good tunes, jokes and more!  It starts at 7pm and will take place in the main hall at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside.  This is the last ceilidh of the 2012 season.  The ceilidhs will resume on January 11th, 2013.  These are a fundraiser for the College dancers and pipe bands.  Come out and have a time and support the College dancers and pipe bands at the same time!  It puts the fun in fundraising!!!