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Why practice makes perfect

Why practice makes perfect

2020 is rapidly becoming the year a virus devastated most of the competition season. Many will feel there isn’t really much point in practicing just now. However, perhaps this is indeed precisely the time to do the opposite: use the time to learn new tunes, perfect existing tunes, work on […]

Worlds and Piping Live! cancelled for 2020

Worlds and Piping Live! cancelled for 2020

The 2020 World Pipe Band Championships and the Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival were both cancelled today. Both events were scheduled to take place in Glasgow – the Worlds on August 14-15; Piping Live! from August 8-16. A statement from the RSPBA said: “The World Pipe Band Championships is the […]

50 years of judging

50 years of judging

Today’s article from our archives was originally a lecture. In 1985 James Campbell, the son of Archibald Campbell of Kilberry, delivered the John MacFadyen Memorial Trust Annual Lecture. It took place in the Chapel Royal of Stirling Castle on April 26, the night before the Piobaireachd Society Conference. Campbell’s lecture […]

Scottish Championships cancelled

Scottish Championships cancelled

The 2020 Scottish Pipe Band Championships was cancelled today by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA). The news will come as no surprise to the pipe band community. The cancellation of the ‘Scottish’ – the fourth of the RSPBA five annual major pipe band championships – came one day […]

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 2

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 2

By Peter Cooke In the first part of this article I described how two distinct performing traditions, which existed at the end of the 18th century, could be exemplified in the way notators chose to write out what is best regarded as one formulaic motif — the echoing beat on […]

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 1

Changing styles in pibroch playing – part 1

With most of us self-isolating during these uncertain times, there is, perhaps inevitably, a dearth of news to report. However, we at Bagpipe.news will continue to use this time to bring you great articles from our archives. Today’s piece was written by Dr Peter Cooke and published in The International […]

Finlay MacDonald appointed NPC’s new Director of Piping

Finlay MacDonald appointed NPC’s new Director of Piping

Finlay MacDonald has today been appointed as the Director of Piping of the National Piping Centre (NPC). He takes up his new role in June. The NPC released the following statement today: “The Board of the National Piping Centre is delighted to announce that Finlay MacDonald has been appointed to […]

VE Day 75 date change / ‘Pipes up!’ on Thursday

VE Day 75 date change / ‘Pipes up!’ on Thursday

Organisers of VE Day 75, which was to have taken place on May 8-10, hope to re-schedule the event for the weekend of August 14-15 – the same weekend as the World Pipe Band Championships. Gourock Highland Games had been set to play a leading role in VE Day 75, […]

Finlay MacDonald appointed Artistic Director for Piping Live! 2020

Finlay MacDonald appointed Artistic Director for Piping Live! 2020

Finlay MacDonald, pictured, a member of staff at the National Piping Centre (NPC) for almost 20 years, has been appointed Artistic Director of this year’s Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping, the world’s largest bagpipe festival. MacDonald has been involved with the festival’s programming since its inception in 2003. […]

James Murray, who dressed for the occasion, competing yesterday from his home.

CLASP competition success amid coronavirus lockdown

This weekend’s amateur piping competition held for members of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) was voted an overwhelming success by competitors and judges alike. As a result of the Conronavirus pandemic, the contest was held using videoconferencing technology and audio files. Competitors – from around the world […]