Murray Henderson was born in New Zealand and was taught to play the bagpipes by his father. Later, he received piping tuition from top pipers in the country, Donald Bain and David Boyle. He emigrated to Scotland at the age of 20, where he studied under great pipers of the day, and started to make his mark on the competitive scene in Scotland.
Murray is one of the world’s most successful solo pipers, with a career spanning five decades. Since their creation, Murray has played a full set of Strathmore Bagpipes in every competition. In 2006, Murray won the Clasp at the Northern Meeting, an event regarded as the most prestigious piobaireachd competition, playing a full set of Strathmore Bagpipes with Henderson Reedmakers’ Reeds.
He became a full-time reedmaker in 1976. Murray and his wife Patricia are partners and run the business together. Patricia was a very successful solo piper winning prizes in the Gold Medal at Inverness in the 1970’s, and winning Open competitions on the Scottish Games circuit.
Murray’s accomplishments include:
Highland Society of London’s Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness
Clasp to the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal at Inverness, 6 time winner
The Open Piobaireachd at Oban
The Dunvegan Medal
The Colonel Jock MacDonald Clasp to the Dunvegan Medal, 2 time winner
The Silver Chanter, 5 time winner
The Bratach Gorm, 5 time winner
The Gillies Cup, 3 time winner
The Marches, Strathspeys & Reels at Oban and Inverness
Former Winners MSR at London, 5 time winner
The Glenfiddich Championship, 4 time winner