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Piping Live! workshop initiative

Piping Live! workshop initiative

An exciting new learning/workshop initiative will be a feature at this year’s Piping Live! Learn@Live! will take place over two days – Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 August at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It will be two full days of workshops looking at topics and genres across the spectrum […]

Last year's competitors.

Glenfiddich tickets on sale

Tickets for this year’s Glenfiddich are now on sale online. A major event in the solo piping calendar, details of the qualifying pipers will be released once the pipers have accepted the invitation. The Glenfiddich, supported by The William Grant Foundation, has been held in the ballroom of Blair Castle […]

2019 Young Piper of the Year results

2019 Young Piper of the Year results

The 2019 Highlands and Islands Young Piper of the Year contest took place yesterday at Sgoil Lionacleit on the Isle of Benbecula, Scotland. The event is organised annually by the Uist and Barra Piping Association. It was a good day for Bobby Allen of Chryston in North Lanarkshire – and […]

Gaelic-speaking tutors sought for Scotland’s Central Belt

Gaelic-speaking tutors sought for Scotland’s Central Belt

Scotland’s national body for Gaelic arts youth tuition festivals – the fèis movement – is looking to recruit freelance Gaelic-speaking tutors to deliver a programme in nurseries and primary schools throughout Scotland’s ‘central belt’ area. Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s ‘Fèisgoil’ project delivers language, music, arts and cultural services to schools, local […]

Scolpaig Tower near Sollas.

Deadline for Sollas composing competition

The deadline is approaching for submissions to be sent in for the composing competition organised by Taigh Sgire Sholais, in association with The National Piping Centre. As reported last month, the competition is for a new March to mark this year’s 170th anniversary of The Battle of Sollas. The deadline […]

Wilson’s charity walk

Wilson’s charity walk

Wilson Brown, an instructor at The National Piping Centre, has raised over £1,700 for Prostate Cancer UK after taking part in a recent charity walk around Glasgow’s Pollok Park. Wilson, an instructor at The National Piping Centre piped all the way around the route. The former Gold Medallist and Strathclyde […]

South Uist results

South Uist results

Updated with Junior results – After a couple of weeks of enjoyable weather around Scotland’s highland games, conditions at Askernish on the Isle of South Uist today were terrible. After a morning of heavy rain it wasn’t until 1.30pm that the games commenced. The solo piping results were: Ceòl Mòr […]

Give (new) music a chance

Give (new) music a chance

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #54, 2011. When a brand gets to be used as a verb you know the product is a popular, if not powerful, thing: “Facebook me when you’re done practicing your birls” and “Great idea about twice-through pipe band MSR contests, I’m gonna Twitter […]

Results from Inveraray

Results from Inveraray

Updated with CLASP results. – It was a humid and dry day today in Inveraray in glorious Argyll for the annual Inveraray Highland Games. In the Ceòl Mòr competitions, Cameron MacDougall from Nigg took the A Grade trophy, John Dew the B Grade trophy, while young Brodie Watson-Massey Andrew Hutton […]

Kinlochard competitors.

Results from Rosneath and Kinlochard

The results from yesterday’s Rosneath Games were: P/A Grade Ceòl Mòr – 1. William Geddes (Earl of Seaforth’s Salute); 2. Allan Russell; 3. Darach Urquhart; 4. Angus D. MacColl;Judges: Alan Forbes and Neil Mulvie.March – 1. Angus MacColl; 2. Steven Gray; 3. William Geddes; 4. Sarah Muir.Strathspey and Reel – […]

Lorient mornings … and evenings!

Lorient mornings … and evenings!

By Tom Johnstone The Festival Interceltique Lorient – ‘Interceltic Festival of Lorient’ in English – takes place next month from August 2-11 in the Breton town of that name. It is 10 days and 10 nights of wonderful Celtic music, shows and events. I have been the Scottish Delegate for […]