The Betty Wyness Rosebowl Competition

Last night we enjoyed five stunning recitals at the inaugural Betty Wyness Rosebowl pianoforte competition. We were joined at the event by former pupil, Dr Francesca Lee-Mason and Dr Helen Tobin, the granddaughter and daughter of Betty Wyness.
Mr Drew Tulloch had the difficult job of adjudicating the competition and he gave very thoughtful feedback to each contestant before presenting the Rosebowl to Alex in VI Senior.

Betty Wyness was the grandmother of a former pupil at St Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen, Dr Francesca Lee-Mason. Betty was a talented musician who followed the international Morayshire Pianoforte Competition for many years. The competition relocated from the north east to Glasgow in recent years where it continues to thrive.


Betty’s family wanted her passion for music to live on in the north east and have presented the beautiful silver rosebowl in her honour to St Margaret’s School so that they may have our own piano competition to continue the esprit of the award.


Pupils who entered the competition must be of piano grade 6 standard or above and are required to play for at least 6-12 minutes with one of their chosen piece being post-1900, as Betty was born in 1916.


Betty loved all genres of music which the 20th Century explored and embraced - hence the theme in the competition. In fact Betty loved Rod Stewart's music! Betty’s grand-daughter Dr Francesca Lee-Mason says “Betty was a great character and always believed in the bright side of life“.


Former head of music at St Margaret’s, Drew Tulloch, will return to the school as visiting adjudicator for the evening.


Anna Tomlinson, Head of St Margaret’s said “we are absolutely delighted that the Dr Lee-Mason has reconnected with St Margaret’s in this way. Our pupils are excited about the opportunity to compete for an award with such an interesting history behind it. Music is an integral part of life at St Margaret’s and with the right blend of challenge and support girls have the opportunity to excel”.

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