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A group of talented contestants with club president Stewart MacDougall and vice-president Joan Allan on the stage of the Soutar Theatre.

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Early prize winners in the first half of the competition. [l to r]: Heather Rodger, Perth High School [Windyedge Bowl for solo singing and the Graham D. Thomson Rosebowl for fiddle playing]; Sarah O'Flynn, Glenlyon Primary School [Robert W. Donaghy Quaich for solo singing]; president Stewart MacDougall.

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Alice Girling, Kinross High School [The Dalriada Cup for accordion playing].

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Iain Jordan, Viewlands Primary School [Ruth Lumsden Quaich for solo verse speaking].

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Hugo Shaw, Craigclowan Preparatory School [Grampian Cup for solo verse speaking].

The 32nd annual Schools Festival was held in the Soutar Theatre at Perth`s A.K. Bell Library on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Around 20 entries from schools throughout Perthshire and Kinross were received for the programme of Scots verse speaking, solo singing, accordion and fiddle playing. Once again, we were treated to excellent performances across the classes, with very tight contests in the verse speaking. In addition to the main awards, all competitors were presented with certificates of proficiency.

The principal trophy winners were as follows:

Solo Singing
[Adjudicated by Craig Dennis]

Primary schools [The Robert W. Donaghy Quaich] - Sarah O'Flynn, Glenlyon Primary School.
Secondary schools [The Windyedge Bowl. Donated by Professor David W. Purdie] - Heather Rodger, Perth High School.

Accordion Playing
[Adjudicated by Alex McIntyre]

Primary schools [The Hector D. Chisholm Quaich] - not contested.
Secondary schools [The Dalriada Cup. Donated by Hamish D. McLaren] - Alice Girling, Kinross High School.

Fiddle Playing
[Adjudicated by Karys Watt]

Primary schools [The Bruce Trophy - donated by Arthur and Jean Bruce] - not contested.
Secondary schools [The Graham D. Thomson Rosebowl] - Heather Rodger, Perth High School.

Verse Speaking
[Adjudicated by Angus Middleton]

Primary pupils in classes 4 and 5 [The Binn Farm Quaich. Donated by John MacGregor] - not contested.
Primary pupils in classes 6 and 7 [The Ruth Lumsden Quaich] - Iain Jordan, Viewlands Primary School.
Secondary pupils under 15 [The Grampian Cup. Donated by Stella A. Cormie] - Hugo Shaw, Craigclowan Preparatory School.
Secondary pupils over 15 [The Archibald Morrison Memorial Quaich] - not contested.

William Soutar Unicorn
This sculpture, presented to the club by the Friends of William Soutar Society for the best recital of a William Soutar poem, was won by Isabella Di Cinto Tiffany of Strathallan School, for her rendition of "The Philosophic Taed".

The President's Prize
This silver salver, presented to the club by Bill Dawson [a past president of both Perth Burns Club and the Robert Burns World Federation] for outstanding performance of a work by Robert Burns in the festival, was awarded to Iain Jordan, Viewlands Primary School, for his recital of "To a Mouse".

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Isabella Di Cinto Tiffany, Strathallan School [Soutar Unicorn for best recital of a William Soutar poem].

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Iain Jordan, Viewlands Primary School [President's Prize for outstanding performance of a work by Robert Burns].

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Craig Dennis [Solo Singing Adjudicator]

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Alex McIntyre [Accordion Playing Adjudicator]

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Karys Watt [Fiddle Playing Adjudicator]

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Angus Middleton, past President of RBWF [Solo Verse Adjudicator]

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Sarah O'Flynn [Glenlyon Primary School]

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Heather Rodger [Perth High School]

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Heather Rodger [Perth High School]

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Alice Girling [Kinross High School]

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Alice O'Flynn [Breadalbane Academy]

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Oliver Calan Burbury [Dollar Academy]

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Iain Jordan (Burns) [Viewlands Primary School]

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Violet Mercer-Nairne [Craigclowan Preparatory School]

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Rosie Shaw [Craigclowan Preparatory School]

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Constance Speirs [Cleish Primary School]

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Emily Walker [Craigclowan Preparatory School]

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Iain Jordan (Soutar) [Viewlands Primary School]

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Blyth Brown-Swankie [Perth High School]

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Isabella Di Cinto Tiffany [Strathallan School]

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Charlotte Fraser [Craigclowan Preparatory School]

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Magnus Moody [Strathallan School]

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Hugo Shaw [Craigclowan Preparatory School]

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Charlotte Speirs [Kinross High School]

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Ethan Wivell [Strathallan School]

All photographs courtesy of Elliott Boyle, Perth Burns Club.
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