Piping Live!’s prestigious international Under 21 competition Pipe Idol is back for 2023, and applications are now open. With four heats through the week of the festival from Monday 14th – Thursday 17th August, and a final later on Thursday, this is a great opportunity for young solo players from around the world, who will be in Glasgow this summer and are aged U21 on 11th Aug, to take part. 

Those selected to take part will be asked to play a hornpipe and jig, a March, Strathspey and Reel and a medley of tunes between 5 – 7 minutes long on stage at The Street Café at McPhater Street. The event is judged by secret judges who are hidden in the Street Cafe crowd. The Piping Live! team are also delighted to announce that the event will once again be sponsored by Fred Morrison Pipes, with the overall winner receiving a set of Fred Morrison Reelpipes. 

•Pipe Idol 2022 winner Luke Kennedy being presented with his Fred Morrison Reel Pipes by Finlay MacDonald. Photo: JohnSlavin @designfolk.com / Bagpipe.news

To apply, please record a video of yourself playing a Hornpipe and Jig and an MSR and send it to marketing@thepipingcentre.co.uk along with your name, age, date of birth and which country you are from. 

The easiest way to submit a video is to add it as an unlisted youtube video email the link as part of your submission, or they can be sent with dropbox or wetransfer. This video, which was created for the NPC junior contest, shows you how to add an unlisted video to youtube. https://vimeo.com/489762236 

Applications close on Friday 2nd June at 5pm UK time. All applicants will be notified the following week.