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Fraser Yorston hails from Pitlochry, Scotland and started playing at the age of 11 under the tutelage of Pipe Major Gordon Rogers. Through growing up in Pitlochry, Fraser was influenced in many ways by the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band of which he became a member at the age of 12. He competed with the Vale of Atholl Novice Juvenile Band for a couple of years under the direction of Pipe Major Scott Oliphant before the band progressed into the Juvenile Grade. The band regularly featured in the prize lists at major contests in both the Novice and Juvenile Grades. In 2009, Fraser left the band when he moved to Edinburgh for university and began playing for the Boghall and Bathgate Juvenile Pipe Band under direction of Pipe Major Ian Bowden. In 2010 the band had tremendous success in the Juvenile grade including a win at the Cowal Highland Gathering.

After turning 18 Fraser left Boghall and Bathgate Pipe Band and played with the reformed Dysart and Dundonald Pipe Band in Grade 1 with Pipe Major Greig Canning.

At this time Fraser also joined the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, a collection of the some of the most talented young pipers in the world who take part in many concerts and festivals performing new and exciting music. Whilst with the band Fraser had the privilege of touring in several locations around Scotland as well as in Switzerland, Germany and Ireland, during this time the band played for the Queen at a festival in Perth.

Fraser is also involved in many folk and traditional music projects around Scotland occasionally playing with folk and ceilidh bands and playing regularly with guitarist Alisdair MacLeod. As well as the Highland Pipes Fraser also plays whistle, guitar, smallpipes, borderpipes and cajon and has had the privilege of playing with some of the most talented musicians in the world through concerts and sessions including Phil Cunningham, Ally Bain, Dougie MacLean, Ross Ainslie, Charlie McKerren and others. Fraser graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2013 with a degree in Geography (Bsc).


Fraser Yorston