Seventeen-year-old Hazel Turnbull hopes to study Scottish Music when she finishes school in 2007. Currently she is part of the RSAMD YouthWorks programme for Scottish Music and Pipes.
Brought up in Livingston, Hazel has been an integral player in the Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Juvenile Pipe Band for over four years. The band was runner-up in the 2006 Scottish Championships and accepts only the top young players into its pipe corps. Hazel is also lead percussionist in her school band. Her other interests are writing poetry and short stories.
Hazel has the vital attributes to be a successful piper, namely raw talent, drive and dedication. To reach the highest level, though, a player needs a top quality instrument to work with, which is why she approached the Dewar Arts Awards for assistance.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Awards funded the purchase of a set of Henderson Classic Highland bagpipes.
Since the Award
After Hazel bought her new pipes, she was amazed at the improved tone of her playing. Hazel is now studying music at Aberdeen University and has joined the Bucksburn and District Grade 2 Pipe Band, an achievement of which she is very proud.