International Uilleann Piping Day in Glasgow / Liddell recital in deep south / Piping in London, a history / Brìghde opens COP26

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Renowned uilleann piper, Jarlath Henderson, is holding a master class for uilleann pipers this weekend in Scotland to mark the tenth International Uilleann Piping Day.

The event will take place this Saturday (6th) from 1.00pm-9.00pm at the National Piping Centre Otago Street, the former College of Piping building in Glasgow’s west end. There will be classes on reed making, new tunes and instrument maintenance as well as recitals.

The global initiative is being co-ordinated by Na Píobairí Uilleann (the Society of Uilleann Pipers) with pipers from 40 countries taking part.

Anyone with an interest in in uillean piping is welcome and no pre-booking is necessary. There is no fee required.

Jarlath Henderson [pictued] is from Northern Ireland but has been based in Scotland for many years.

In 2003, he became the youngest winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Henderson is also a member of Dònal Lunny’s band, Atlantic Arc.


Stuart Liddell will deliver a recital in the south of England on November 12.

The Inveraray & District Pipe Major will play at the Ex-Serviceman’s Club in Wymondham (NR18 0AT) near Norwich on behalf of the City of Norwich Pipe Band.

Tickets are £15.00 and available from Roger Bayes at: pipemajor@norwichpipeband.net


The 81st annual London Competition takes place this weekend. This competition is one of solo piping’s ‘big three’ (after Oban and Inverness) and this year’s event will no doubt be welcomed by enthusiasts in the south of England as well as by the competing pipers themselves after almost two years of little activity.

To mark the occasion, Bagpipe.News will tomorrow commence a history of piping in London. Written by piping historian, Jeannie Campbell MBE, the series commences in the late 18th century and continues into the modern era.

Included are such institutions as the Royal Caledonian Asylum, the Strathnaver Fairy Circle, The Club of True Highlanders and the Highland Society of London as well as the many personalities involved over the years such as James Center, Angus MacKay, George Clark, Danny Campbell, John MacColl, Willie Ross and many more.

This is another major series for Bagpipe.News and it will run in tandem with Jeannie’s current series on the Argyllshire Gathering.

Tune in tomorrow for the first instalment.


Brìghde playing at the Scottish Event Campus yesterday.

Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul took centre stage in Glasgow yesterday when she opened the COP26 crunch climate change summit.

The young woman from Sleat on the island, entertained delgates at the Scottish Event Campus with her own arrangement of traditional melodies.

Prince Charles also watched as Miss Chaimbeul played. The opening ceremony also included a voiceover from scientific personality, Brian Cox.

Brìghde won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2016.