All the winners from today's Junior competition held by The National Piping Centre at its premises in McPhater Street, Glasgow.
Prize winners from the NPC’s 2020 junior competition.

Entries are open for the National Piping Centre’s annual junior solo piping competition which returns next winter … in person.

The competition will take place in Glasgow on February 19, 2022 across the organisation’s two campuses – in McPhater Street in the city centre and in Otago Street in the west end.

The competition is for all pipers under 18 years of age. There will be a cap of 30 entries per event.

A Freestyle competition will be held via video submission.

• For further information and to enter.

This year’s Glenfiddich champion, Jack Lee, is featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Music Matters’ programme tomorrow.

The programme begins at 11.45am (GMT) and includes an interview with the veteran Canadian piper as well as a chat with his fellow countryman, Bob Worrall who acted as the Fear an Taighe at this year’s competition.

‘Music Matters’ is essentially a digest of the latest news from across the world of classical music. Tomorrow’s edition has a focus on Scottish musical life.

Pipe bands are being asked to play at the annual St. Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade event in the west end of Glasgow on November 27 from 6.00pm. 

The parade starts at the Botanic Gardens before heading down Byres Road and ending at University Avenue at around 8.30pm.

Participating pipe bands will receive a fee of £400. 

Any bands that are interested should contact Brendon on 07506 407438 or email him at

The parade is now in its fifth year.

A piper from England is attempting to drive the length of the United Kingdom in the world’s smallest production car.

Alex Orchin (31) from Wivelsfield in Sussex is raising money for the Children In Need charity. He commences his journey tomorrow (Saturday).

Alex with his pipes and his Peel P50. No doubt he will be hoping for no choke …

The car he is travelling in is a Peel P50, which has only three wheels. Alex reckons the journey should take between two and three weeks to complete.

Alex has a friend accompanying him with a campervan, which will carry clothes and essential supplies as well as a toilet, shower … and his pipes. “As I travel through various towns, villages and cities, I will park the car, stand next to it with the pipes … I’ve got a large poster explaining who I am and what I’m doing so I can raise money on the road as I go,” he explained.

“The bagpipes always attract a crowd, the Peel P50 always attracts a crowd, so combining the two should raise awareness of what I’m doing.”

Children in Need takes place on November 19. Donations can also be made through Alex’s GoFundMe page.

We wish him well.

Roddy MacLeod’s rescheduled recital on Lewis has been postponed.

The recital was due to take place next Friday (19th) in the Community Hub in Balallan. Organisers, the Lewis and Harris Piping Society have decided to postpone it in view of the current situation with COVID-19.

Lewis has recently recorded the highest incidence of COVID-19 per head of population in Scotland.

The recital has been earmarked for January 28.