Jamie Forrester

Jamie grew up in the Trossachs but of Island heritage and spent many summers with Grandparents on Mull. He had an affinity with island culture and music from an early age and played the trumpet briefly before taking up the pipes when he was 11. His early tutors were Alistair Macready, Les Hain (RAF) and the Brian Elrick – the latter two at Glenalmond College, where he gradually rose through the solo grades to win a number of under 18 prizes and lead the school band to victory at the Glasgow Highland Club. Jamie’s senior career started in earnest when he joined the Lothian and Borders Police Band under Colin MacLellan and started taking lessons from Colin. He left the L&B in 2006 and, for a while, played with the Manawatu Scottish band under Stewart McKenzie; at the same time Jamie’s tuition from Colin ceased. He now competes only as a soloist and takes tutorage from Roddy MacLeod, playing at Gold Medal and A grade Light Music level and has a collection of solo prizes to his name in competitions such as the Gold Medal (3rd Northern Meeting 2017), Cowal (winner 2014), the Skye Gathering and Dunvegan Medal (winner 2018), the Argyllshire Gathering Light Music (5th S&R 2018), the Glasgow Uist and Barra Competition (4th Piob 2016 and 2017), SPSL’s London Competitions (5th in the Gillies Cup 2015-17, regular prizes in RG Lawrie Snuff Mull and Strachan Memorial) and the Captain John MacLellan Memorial competition (overall A Grade champion 2015 and 2016).

Professionally, Jamie is a Management Consultant in the Investment Management industry, living in London for the past 13 years. He has recently relocated to Edinburgh for work with his wife and two young children (3 and 4 months), but just manages to squeeze in the occasional practice and performance around this.