Bagpipe tune composed to support charity of Manchester Arena victim Eilidh MacLeod

A new bagpipe tune has been composed to help support the work of a charity set up in honour of Manchester Arena victim Eilidh MacLeod.

The 14-year-old was one of 22 people killed in the terror attack on May 22 2017, with Eilidh's Trust set up in her name.

Music student Fergus Bryce has composed the piece, which will be given a special debut at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow on Friday March 13.

The 20-year-old, originally from Evanton in the Highlands, said he is "really happy" with how the tune has turned out so far.

He said:

Mr Bryce began drumming aged eight and played through school before being part of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and Glasgow Police Pipe Band.

He then went on to win the European Championships, Scottish Championships and World Championships with Inveraray and District Pipe Band at the age of 19.

The tune is different from a song released in 2018 to help the trust raise funds for a memorial to Eilidh, the design of which was unveiled last year.

Work is continuing on the bronze sculpture, which features a young female bagpiper with her pipes at rest, reaching out a hand to a young boy also learning the instrument.

The life-size sculpture by Essex-based artist Jenna Gearing is not based on the teenager's own appearance, or that of any specific individual, at the wish of her family.

It is hoped the memorial will be established on the island later this year, which could also involve Mr Bryce and his musical composition at the unveiling.

Suzanne White, founder and trustee of Eilidh's Trust, said: