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Stories of the Tunes – The Highland Brigade at Magersfontein

Stories of the Tunes – The Highland Brigade at Magersfontein

This lovely tune is one of the many from the pen of John – Jock – MacLellan, Dunoon. It is quite simply a beautiful 3/4 march and, like most of Jock’s compositions, stands the test of time. In 1892, MacLellan, aged 17, enlisted with the Highland Light Infantry. He saw action […]

Maintenance, part 1

Maintenance, part 1

The Bag (size and shape: the stocks: seasoning)       By Seumas MacNeill One of the most important things for a piper is the state of his bagpipe. The choosing of tunes, the ability to play well, the chance to perform for somebody’s pleasure (maybe his own), all go for nothing if […]

Albert Johnstone – the first global piping superstar, part 2

Albert Johnstone – the first global piping superstar, part 2

By Jeannie Campbell During that first British tour in 1904, Albert and the Kilties played for King Edward VII at Balmoral and a newspaper reporter in Dundee asked about the experience. “Yes,” he said, “the King was certainly pleased. … I piped and danced for Queen Victoria many a time. […]

Silver hallmarks: how will they transition after Brexit?

Silver hallmarks: how will they transition after Brexit?

One implication of Brexit that is of interest to UK-based bagpipe manufacturers – as well as pipers with silver-mounted pipes – is how their silver will be recognised after January 1, 2021. From this date, the United Kingdom’s obligations to recognise the silver hallmarks from countries in the European Union […]

Silver standards change under European law

Silver standards change under European law

This article from the April 2000 Piping Times looked at changes made to hallmark regulations as a result of a ruling by the European Court of Justice a few months previously. Read also ‘Know your hallmarks’. By Robert Wallace Anyone buying new silver-mounted pipes would do well to heed the […]

Prizewinners from the Vale's 2017 competition.

NPC announces details of 25th annual Junior competition

Entries are now open for the 2021 Junior Competition organised by the National Piping Centre. This will be the 25th year of the contest – and it, like virtually all competitions this year, will be an online video submission competition, rather than an in-person event. To mark the milestone, however, […]

Know your hallmarks

Know your hallmarks

By John J.van OmmenKloeke So many times questions are asked about the age of hallmarked silver mounts on the pipes, that it seems wise to offer some more precise information on just how to interpret those hitherto quizzical hieroglyphs on the luxury parts of our favourite musical instrument. On close […]