Patricia Henderson

Born in Aberdeen, Patricia started piping at 8 years of age as a member of the Bon Accord Ladies Pipe Band, playing in her first world pipe band championship aged 11. She also competed with the Deeside Ladies Pipe Band before focusing on a solo career in her early teens.

Aged 12, she started piobaireachd lessons with R.B. Nicol (Balmoral).

Patricia became the first female to win a prize in the Highland Society of London Gold Medal, placing fourth in 1978 at the Northern Meeting, and fifth in 1979.

Patricia is the only female to hold the “senior” qualification for Piobaireachd (Solo Pipers Judges Association) and has judged at the Glenfiddich Championship as well as the Northern Meeting, Argyllshire Gathering and is a regular adjudicator on the Games circuit.

Patricia has taught in Brittany, America, Australia and Scotland. Patricia’s most successful pupil is her daughter Faye, the first female winner of the Highland Society’s Gold Medal.

Her proudest moment was supporting her daughters Fiona and Faye who both qualified for the 2010 Glenfiddich Fiddle and Piping Championships.

Patricia and husband Murray run their family business, Henderson Reedmakers/Strathmore Bagpipes in Kirriemuir, Scotland.