Perth Highland Games will be held on Sunday, August 9 – the week before the Worlds – at Scone Palace, organisers confirmed. Solo piping is, at the moment, being considered and will be discussed at the next committee meeting. However, a spokesman told bagpipe.news that as the committee is now even fewer in number than last year, it is highly unlikely that, if it does feature, it will be in the same format as previous years.
Organisers faced criticism after cancelling solo piping at last year’s games. Chairman, Brian Whyte said at the time that his committee was “not up to the task” of running such an event.
Last year’s event, in any case, was cancelled due to rain.
Entry to the annual solo and band competition run by the RSPBA’s Ayr, Dumfries and Galloway branch are now open. An entry form can be found HERE.
The competition takes place on March 21 at Sanquhar Academy.
The date for the North West England branch’s Trios contest has been confirmed as March 7. As yet, no venue has been confirmed.
On the subject of the RSPBA, a report in a Scottish newspaper last weekend said that Office of the Scottish Charities Register (OSCR) was conducting a formal inquiry into the financial affairs of the Association. OSCR has confirmed to bagpipe.news that it is not.
A spokesman said, however, it will be contacting the trustees to get a better understanding of how the charity operates.
A statement appeared on the RSPBA’s website last night saying that its Board of Directors have been informed by OSCR that there is no formal inquiry into the RSPBA. The statement said: “They have a few questions and we will be providing them with all of the detailed information relating to the refurbishment of 45 Washington Street.”