Leader, October 8 2021

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Keeping Kintyre on the musical map

Well done to Emily Bennie and Ross Conner for their recent musical achievements.

Emily has achieved the ARSM diploma, designed to give promising musicians an opportunity to demonstrate performance skills after grade eight, which is considered by many musicians to be the pinnacle of achievement.

What makes it even more impressive is the fact she achieved it while also working towards her National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams.

And Ross won his silver award after competing again some of the best young pipers in Scotland, with just 10 competing places up for grabs.

Ross well and truly earned his spot, having won numerous competitions and awards over recent years.

As well as his musical pursuits, Ross participates in many events in and around Campbeltown to raise funds for charity and has recently become a volunteer crewman on the Campbeltown lifeboat.

Ross and Emily’s successes don’t come easily; both have dedicated years of commitment to their talents and are thoroughly deserving of these fantastic accolades. They have bright futures ahead of them.

Kintyre has a long and varied musical heritage and it’s people like Ross and Emily who are keeping it alive and no doubt inspiring others to do the same.