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President Donald Macgregor with Hannah Holmes, winner of the Windyedge Bowl and Thomas Henson, winner of the Robert W. Donaghy Quaich.

Over forty pupils, representing primary and secondary schools throughout Perthshire and Kinross, took part in the Perth Burns Club's 23rd Annual Schools Festival which was held in the Salutation Hotel, Perth during the afternoon of Sunday, November 22, 2009.

Once again the standard of performance in all categories of Scots verse speaking, solo singing, accordion and fiddle playing was extremely high and, in addition to the main awards, all competitors were awarded certificates of proficiency.

The trophy winners were as follows:

Accordion Playing

[Adjudicated by Mr Jimmy Lindsay]

  • Primary pupils [The Hector Chisholm Quaich] � Alexander Girling, Gask Primary
  • Secondary pupils [The Dalriada Cup] � Alexander Stewart, Perth Academy

Fiddle Playing

[Adjudicated by Mr John Napier]

  • Secondary pupils [The Graham D. Thomson Rosebowl] � Anna Olafsson, Strathallan

Solo Singing

[Adjudicated by Mr Henry C Neil, MBE]

  • Primary pupils [The Robert W. Donaghy Quaich] � Thomas Henson, Dollar Academy
  • Secondary pupils [The Windyedge Bowl] � Hannah Holmes, Perth High School

Verse Speaking

[Adjudicated by Mrs Lovina Roe]

  • Primary pupils in classes 4 and 5 [The Binn Farm Quaich] � Laureen Dundee,Strathallan
  • Primary pupils in classes 6 and 7 [The Ruth Lumsden Quaich] � Fraser Glasgow, Strathallan
  • Secondary pupils under 15 [The Grampian Cup] � Nicholas Drummond-Hay, Strathallan
  • Secondary pupils over 15 [The Archibald Morrison Memorial Quaich] � Oliver Wale, Strathallan

President Donald Macgregor presenting Hannah Holmes with The President's Prize.

The President's Prize, a silver salver presented by Bill Dawson, the immediate past president of The Robert Burns World Federation, is awarded for the best performance in the Festival of a Robert Burns song, poem or piece of music.

This year's award went to Hannah Holmes of Perth High School for her fine singing of "O Whistle and I'll Come Tae Ye My Lad".

The adjudicators were Bill Dawson and the Perth Burns Club president, Dr Donald F. Macgregor.