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Volunteers highlighted as 65th Caithness Music Festival gets off to a positive start


By Georgia Clyne


The East Caithness Choir, made up of the entire school rolls of Thrumster and Watten primary schools, won the Miss Miller Cup for choirs, 18 years and under. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
The East Caithness Choir, made up of the entire school rolls of Thrumster and Watten primary schools, won the Miss Miller Cup for choirs, 18 years and under. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

THE importance of volunteer support was highlighted as the 65th Caithness Music Festival got off to a positive start on Monday.

Three new adjudicators are in attendance this year and are pleased with the quality of the performances they have seen so far.

Festival secretary Audrey Mackinnon said this has been one of the best years with a strong committee.

She explained that the festival takes a lot to organise and that a minimum of 60 helpers are needed across the week, so having plenty of volunteers makes a big difference.

Although this is the 65th festival, some trophies being contested date back as far as the 1920s. There are 120 trophies in total, although not all are being competed for this year.

Yesterday, Mrs Mackinnon highlighted how busy the Assembly Rooms has been with the performers and spectators, with no spare seat in sight.

"It's a shame we can't get more people in, but there is limited seating for the public. But this is good, as it shows there is a lot of support."

The same can be expected on Thursday.

Cousins Leah Bullivant (left) and Eliana Williamson both won trophies in the violin classes. Leah won the Mentiplay Shield for grade 4/5, while Eliana won the Jack Duncan Memorial Shield for grade 2/3. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Cousins Leah Bullivant (left) and Eliana Williamson both won trophies in the violin classes. Leah won the Mentiplay Shield for grade 4/5, while Eliana won the Jack Duncan Memorial Shield for grade 2/3. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Mrs Mackinnon added that the Popular Song class was one that had particularly taken off. Whole classes can pick any song they want and dress up to perform it, but there are no props allowed so the focus is solely on the singing.

This year hits by Queen, Elton John and the Rembrandts were among those chosen. Mrs Mackinnon added: "It's great that they're getting involved."

Monday results – Primary school choirs, P4-5, William Rankin Wilson Cup: 1 Newton Park; 2 Castletown. Rural schools choirs, Henrietta Sinclair Shield: 1 Accents Caithness; 2eq Watten and Thrumster. Primary School Choirs, Scots song, Lady Jessamine Harmsworth Shield: 1 Thrumster; 2 Watten; 3 Castletown.

Choirs, boys' unbroken voices, Fred Shearer Bowl: 1 East Caithness Lads; 2 Castletown. Secondary school choirs, two or more parts, Wick Old Parish Shield: Thurso High School. Choirs, 18 years and under, unison: East Caithness Girls.

Sunday school choirs, Thurso West Cup: The King's Kids. Choirs. Eighteen years and under, unison: East Caithness Choir. Secondary school choir, Scots song, Wick Junior Choir Cup: Thurso High School.

Caithness dialect P5 and under, Wur Ketlane, Jenny Stewart, Field of Noss Quaich between classes M40 to M44, James M Gunn Dialect Quaich: 1 Alana Ross, Reay; 2 Andrew Sinclair, Latheron; 3eq Lily Sutherland, Wick, and Kirsty May, Halkirk.

Caithness dialect, S3-S6, 'E Weather, Jenny Stewart, Field of Noss Quaich between classes M40 to M44, Thurso Town Improvements Cup: 1 Morven Mackenzie, Halkirk; 2 Rachel May, Thurso High School.

Caithness dialect, adult, 'E Skorrie, John Horne, Caithness Glass Paperweight Trophy: 1 Lesley Hendry, Wick; 2 Mary Smith, Thurso. Caithness dialect, S1-S2, 'E Festival, Elsie Cowe, Field of Noss Quaich between classes M40 to M44, John Munro Shield: 1 Lily Byrne, Thurso High School.

Alana Ross (front, left) won the Field of Noss Quaich, the overall Caithness dialect trophy and also the James M Gunn Dialect Quaich for P5 and under. Other trophy winners in the section were, from left, Morven Mackenzie, Halkirk, who won the Thurso Town Improvements Cup for S3-S6, her brother Liam who won the Henrietta Munro Shield for P6, Lesley Hendry, Wick, who received the Caithness Glass Paperweight Trophy for adults, Lily Byrne, Thurso High School, who received the John Munro Shield for S1-S2, and Shannon May (front, right), Halkirk, who won the Omand Shield for P7. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Alana Ross (front, left) won the Field of Noss Quaich, the overall Caithness dialect trophy and also the James M Gunn Dialect Quaich for P5 and under. Other trophy winners in the section were, from left, Morven Mackenzie, Halkirk, who won the Thurso Town Improvements Cup for S3-S6, her brother Liam who won the Henrietta Munro Shield for P6, Lesley Hendry, Wick, who received the Caithness Glass Paperweight Trophy for adults, Lily Byrne, Thurso High School, who received the John Munro Shield for S1-S2, and Shannon May (front, right), Halkirk, who won the Omand Shield for P7. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Caithness dialect, P6, Coontan' Sheep, John Horne, Field of Noss Quaich between classes M40 to M44, Henrietta Munro Shield: 1 Liam Mackenzie, Halkirk; 2 Evie Cormack, Reay. Caithness dialect P7, 'E Moogie, John Horne, Field of Noss Quaich between classes M40 to M44, Omand Shield: 1 Shannon May, Halkirk; 2 Chloe Craigie, Pennyland.

Chanter 10 years and under, march, Practice Chanter Shield Primary: 1 Andrew Sinclair, Latheron; 2 Johnny Bridge, Thurso; 3 Kirsty Gunn, Castletown. Chanter 11 years and over, march, Practice Chanter Shield Secondary: 1 Louisa Donn, Thurso; 2 Scott McArthur, Thurso.

Bagpipes, primary school, march, Bagpipes Shield March Primary: 1 Glenn Miller, Watten; 2 Morven Miller, Watten. Bagpipes, march, Piping Challenge Shield March: 1 Anna Magee; 2eq Cameron Clark, Barrock, and Murray Mackenzie.

Bagpipes, strathspey and reel, Bagpipes Shield Strathspey and Reel: 1 Cameron Clark, Barrock; 2eq Arran King, Sordale, and Murray Mackenzie.

Electronic keyboard solo, primary school: 1 Rachel Mackay, Wick: 2 Martha Potts, Caithness.

Violin/viola/cello/bass solo, grade 4, Mentiplay Shield, violin/viola or Williams Shield cello/bass between classes H5 and H6: 1 Leah Bullivant, Caithness.

Violin/viola/cello/bass solo, grade 5, Mentiplay Shield, violin/viola or Williams Shield cello/bass between classes H5 and H6: 1 Rebekah Bullivant, Caithness; 2 Talitha Williamson, Caithness.

Violin/viola/cello/bass solo, preliminary: 1 Olivia Singh, Castletown; 2 Beth McColm, Caithness.

Classical guitar solo, secondary school: 1 Ewan Bartlett, Wick High School. Violin/viola/cello/bass solo, grade 2, Jack Duncan Memorial Shield between classes H3 and H4 (violin/viola) or Buchanan Shield (cello/bass): 1 Eliana Williamson, Caithness.

Violin/viola/cello/bass solo, grade 3, Jack Duncan Memorial Shield between classes H3 and H4 (violin/viola) or Buchanan Shield (cello/bass): 1 Blythe Bullen, Forse; 2 Hannah McColm, Caithness; 3 Claire Elizabeth McAdam.

Premier Challenge Cup: Clemency Crow. Muriel Wilcock Memorial Shield: Sarah McColm. Mrs Humphries Caithness Glass Trophies: Clemency and Virginia Crow. Margaret Green Quaich: Clemency Crow.

Bagpipe and chanter trophy winners, from left, Glenn Miller, Watten, won the Bagpipes Shield March Primary, Camie Clark, Barrock, Bagpipes Shield Strathspey and Reel, Andrew Sinclair, Latheron, Practice Chanter Shield Primary, Anna McGee, Bettyhill, Piping Challenge Shield March, and Louisa Donn, Thurso, Practice Chanter Shield Secondary. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Bagpipe and chanter trophy winners, from left, Glenn Miller, Watten, won the Bagpipes Shield March Primary, Camie Clark, Barrock, Bagpipes Shield Strathspey and Reel, Andrew Sinclair, Latheron, Practice Chanter Shield Primary, Anna McGee, Bettyhill, Piping Challenge Shield March, and Louisa Donn, Thurso, Practice Chanter Shield Secondary. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Newton Park won the William Rankin Wilson Cup for P4/5 choirs. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Newton Park won the William Rankin Wilson Cup for P4/5 choirs. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Thurso High School choir won the Wick Old Parish Shield for secondary school choirs and the Wick Junior Choir Cup for Scots Song. Pictures: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Thurso High School choir won the Wick Old Parish Shield for secondary school choirs and the Wick Junior Choir Cup for Scots Song. Pictures: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Accents Caithness won the Henrietta Sinclair Shield for rural school choirs. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Accents Caithness won the Henrietta Sinclair Shield for rural school choirs. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios


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