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Piping Live! has well and truly kicked off. The 2021 festival opened in grand style on Saturday night with the 55th Silver Chanter invitational solo piping competition, which this year was awarded to Angus MacColl Snr.

Sunday afternoon’s showcase by students on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland pipng degree course unfortunately experienced some technical issues but it is expected to be available to watch by the time we post.

Sunday evening’s concert by the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society brought the weekend to a close in great style.

The festival continues today with a recital at lunchtime by Dr. Jack Taylor. In his Piobaireachd of the Day recital, Jack will play that majestic and evocative tune, The Unjust Incarceration. Thought to relate to the imprisonment on the Bass Rock of the eldest son of the MacKay chief, it may also be an allegory for the blindness of the composer, Iain Dàll MacKay.

Today also sees a lunchtime recital by Angus Nicolson and a late afternoon recital by Breton piper, Enora Morice.

Here is a pictorial of the weekend:

The line up for the 2021 Silver Chanter: Messrs Liddell, MacColl, Speirs, Johnston, Brown and Beaumont.

Angus MacColl, winner of the Silver Chanter. Angus’ winning tune was Lament for Mary MacLeod.
The LBPS’ ‘More Power to Your Elbow’ show: Anna Massie, Annie Grace, Gary West, Dougie Pincock and Fraser Fifield.

Gary, Dougie and Fraser.
Don’t get shirty! Finlay MacDonald and Gary West.
Gary West, Donald W. G. Lindsay (previous LBPS Convenor) and Stuart Letford (current LBPS Convenor).