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Grade 4 and 5 pipers can now participate in the solo piping competitions run by CLASP, the National Piping Centre’s Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers.

Chief organiser, Margaret Dunn said: “In response to the cancellation of many Highland Games, that CLASP would normally be in attendance at, we will run a ‘Virtual Highland Games’ for 2021. For the next two online events, CLASP is excited to announce the addition of Grade 4 events. Grade 5 pipers can opt to play up in Grade 4 events. 

These take effect with the June video submission competition and August’s World Solo Amateur Piping Competition held at Piping Live!

In addition, some prizes will be sponsored by R. G. Hardie & Co. Bagpipes.

Click here to for more information and to join CLASP.

Still with the NPC, the organisation today marks International Bagpipe Day with a tune from one of its teachers, Wilson Brown – and a 24 hour offer in its shop.

Wilson can be seen playing a tune he wrote last year for ex-colleague Finlay Johnston upon winning his first Glenfiddich:

International Bagpipe Day is now a well established and increasingly popular event. Every March 10, pipers are invited to play their pipes anywhere, anyhow to anyone. It was instigated several years ago by the International Bagpipe Organisation. Tonight, between 20:00-21:00 (GMT) the organisation is itself marking the day with an online launch of The Voice of the Wind, a new book written by Michael Vereno on the linguistic history of bagpipes.

The event is free but registration is required. Please register by clicking here