Jonathan, from Bishopbriggs, is the first member of his family to be musical. He learnt to play the Highland bagpipes at the age of 12 and quickly developed a passion to play and perform to the highest standard. He is now studying music at Scotland’s own conservatoire, the RSAMD.
Jonathan has a particular love for, and interest in, traditional music. Last year he won his first solo competition in Skye, and has played at many of the major traditional music concerts, including Celtic Connections and Piping Live. He is a member of the elite National Youth Pipe Band and was the Pipe Sergeant at the Soroptimist Convention in Glasgow.
Last year Jonathan performed with the 98th Highlanders, with Cantara, at an International Celtic Music festival.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will enable Jonathan to buy a set of Fred Morrison reel-pipes which is an essential part of his equipment as a professional piper.
I am delighted to accept your offer. Being given this money to buy a set of reel-pipes is a fantastic opportunity for me.