Connor Sinclair is the youngest winner of a Dewar Arts Award.
The director of the National Young Pipe Band of Scotland looks for the very best to join his band. The key criteria being ability, character and commitment, which, he says, Connor has in abundance. “To find someone who has these qualities at this high standard at such a young age is without doubt a sign of something very special.”
From Crieff, Perthshire, Connor is the youngest of five boys. He is passionate about piping and spent his ninth birthday money on highland dress so that he could enter solo piping competitions. He has already achieved success, often competing against youngsters considerably older than him.
Connor hopes to make music his career, and to that end is learning to play the violin and piano to help him gain entry to a musical secondary school.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award funded tuition on the Highland pipes, and the associated travel costs, at the Piping Centre in Glasgow.
Since the Award
As a result of the tuition, Connor's mother writes that his confidence has grown. Through a chance meeting, Connor has formed a friendship with First Minister, Alex Salmond, who has subsequently requested Connor pipe him into various functions. Connor was also invited to play at the Glasgow auditions for the X Factor 'to give them a Scottish feel', and of course he played at our own 10th anniversary Showcase.
Connor is now a pupil of the City of Edinburgh Music School and has enjoyed successes in many Scottish piping competitions. At the Perthshire Music Festival he was awarded the highest score so far awarded in any of the classes.