Andrew Frater

Andrew commenced piping at 9 years of age, with the local pipe band and has been piping ever since. He played in a number of bands, Grade 1, 2 and 3. He was Pipe Major of his local band from 1973 to 1984. The band were Grade 3 Champion of Champions in 192 and were then promoted for Grade 2. Andrew gave up playing in 1988, due to work commitments, but continued to play regularly. He has been teaching piping for many years and several of his pupils have progressed to being very capable players. He also taught at the College of Piping Summer School in California for 11 years from 2001 to 2011. This was challenging but rewarding.

Andrew has also studied and practised reedmaking, as a hobby, for 38 years and has conducted several reedmaking workshops in Brittany. He has also made several sets of pipes. Andrew is interested in how the instrument works and this requires an understanding of the physics of sound; his engineering background helps.

He has studied and played Piobaireachd, the classical music of the pipes, for many years and has won the Piobaireached Society, Archie Kenneth Quaich competition for amateur players, on four occasions.

He is on the Competing Pipers Association judging list and each year judges solo piping competitions at several Games and occasionally in Brittany.

Andrew Frater


Folk & Traditional Music