Andrew is a piping star

Andrew Clark
Andrew Clark

Fourteen-year-old Andrew Clark, a third year pupil at Mearns Academy, is continuing to excel in the world of piping.

Andrew, who lives at Logie Pert, first picked up a chanter aged 8 and started piping aged 10.

He is now a piper with Bucksburn and District Pipe Band, Aberdeen, in grade 2, as well as with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland’s Senior Band.

In addition to his band playing, he also competes in solo piping competitions.

With Bucksburn, he competed at the Scottish, British, World and Cowal Championships last season and Bucksburn staged the largest pipe band concert ever held in Aberdeen. At the concert, Andrew played not only with Bucksburn, but also had his own solo spot.

Andrew has won a host of trophiesfor his solo piping over the past year, where he plays in both light music and piobaireachd.

During the summer months he competed in the junior solo Highland Games circuit in the North East and Perthshire, with most of the competitions being for an under 18 or under 21 age bracket.

During the rest of the year he took part in indoor junior competitions, as far afield as Elgin, Pitlochry, Glasgow and Edinburgh, winning 29 trophies in total.

To take a break from the pressure of band and solo competing, Andrew is a member of The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. This is a performance pipe band that brings together Scotland’s most talented young musicians at a national level.

With the NYPB, Andrew has played concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and Dunfermline and also played at Alexander McQueen’s Memorial Service in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

He has recently returned from five days piping in Switzerland, where the NYPB played in a “British Showcase” at Mercedes CSI, a major horse show jumping event that attracts competitors and audiences from all over the world.

A couple of weeks before that, the NYPB also took part in the Annual Piping Concert at Celtic Connections, and Andrew performed a solo there to a 1,000 strong audience at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.