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schools festival 2011

Club president Ian Bett and vice-president Iain Mackintosh act as minders for Nick Drummond-Hay and Isobel Spence, both of Strathallan. Nick is holding the Grampian Cup (Solo Verse speaking Secondary Under 15) and Presidents Salver (best performance of a work by Robert Burns, Scots Wha Hae), while Isobel is the inaugural winner of the William Soutar Trophy (best performance of a poem by William Soutar, The Auld Man o Muckhart).

schools festival 2011

A happy trio from Crieff Primary who participated in the Solo Singing, left to right: Gillian Dobbins (Lewis Bridal Song); Megan McReadie, winner of the Robert W. Donaghy Quaich (Highland Cathedral); and Ben Pope (Skye Boat Song).

schools festival 2011

A group of primary school entrants surround club president Ian Bett and vice-president Iain Mackintosh.

The Club's 25th annual Schools Festival was held in the Salutation Hotel, Perth during the afternoon of Sunday, November 13, 2011 when around 50 pupils from primary and secondary schools throughout Perthshire and Kinross competed in a programme of Scots verse speaking, solo singing, and accordion playing. In addition to the main awards, all competitors were presented with certificates of proficiency.

The trophy winners were as follows:

Solo Singing
[Adjudicated by Mr Craig Dennis]
Primary pupils [The Robert W. Donaghy Quaich] - Megan McReadie, Crieff Primary

Accordion Playing
[Adjudicated by Mr Jimmy Cassidy]
Primary pupils [The Hector D. Chisholm Quaich] - Alexander Girling, Arngask Primary
Secondary pupils [The Dalriada Cup] - Alexander Stewart, Perth Grammar

Verse Speaking
[Adjudicated by Mrs Lovina Roe]
Primary pupils in Classes 4 and 5 [The Binn Farm Quaich] - Holly Shields, Moncrieffe Primary
Primary pupils in Classes 6 and 7 [The Ruth Lumsden Quaich] - Vilma Leslie, Moncrieffe Primary
Secondary pupils under 15 [The Grampian Cup] - Nick Drummond-Hay, Strathallan
Secondary pupils over 15 [The Archibald Morrison Memorial Quaich] - Rosie Beech, Strathallan

The President's Prize, a silver salver presented to the club by Bill Dawson [a past president of both Perth Burns Club and the Robert Burns World Federation] for the best performance in the Festival of a Robert Burns poem, song or piece of music, was awarded to Nick Drummond-Hay of Strathallan School for his recital of "Scots Wha Hae".

The William Soutar Trophy was newly presented to the club this year by the Friends of William Soutar Society, to be awarded to the best performance in the Festival of a William Soutar poem. The inaugural winner was Isobel Spence of Strathallan School for her recital of "The Auld Man o Muckhart". (A unicorn figure will adorn the base of the trophy early in 2012.)