Gordon Duncan was recognised as a “national treasure”, his skill and innovation as a musician and composer influencing an entire generation of young musicians across Scotland and beyond.

As a tribute to Gordon, the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust was founded by his family and friends in the year after his death.

The Trust set out to deliver the following aims:

  • The advancement of education of residents of Scotland under the age of thirty years by encouraging participation in and the study of all forms of traditional music and in particular the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe;
  • The advancement of the arts and culture of Scotland by promoting the performance, study and composition of all forms of traditional music and in particular the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe;
  • To encourage the attainment of high standards of performance and innovative composition in relation to all forms of traditional music and in particular the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe.

In the years since it was formed, the Trust has supported the learning and ventures of a range of individual musicians, pipe bands and other traditional music groups.  This includes helping to fund young people to access tuition, develop new compositions and learn from workshops and involvement in traditional music projects.  You can read about the impact funding has made to some of our recent recipients in their testimonials.

In addition the Trust has held six concerts that have celebrated Gordon’s music and showcased the talents of traditional musicians and bands.  View videos from these events.

The Trust also promotes the music and compositions of Gordon Duncan so the next generations can hear and enjoy his music as part of traditional music.  Gordon’s music books and music are available to purchase in our online shop.

Photo of Gordon playing the pipes
Gordon in November 2005, performing with the Dougie MacLean Band at Perthshire Amber