The Scottish Pipers’ Professional Competition takes place on April 6 at the National Piping Centre, McPhater Street, Cowcaddens. There are spaces in the Former Winners MSR event (if eligible) and the Open Piobaireachd. The C Grade events, B Grade Piobaireachd and Open Light music event are now at capacity and waiting list only. Entry closes on Sunday coming, March 24 at 1pm.  

The entry form can be found here. To join the waiting list in case of competitors withdrawing, please email Logan Tannock. 

•First prize winners for the SPA Professional Competition 2023: from left, Scott Garden, Finlay Frame, Keith Bowes, Andrew Hall, Roddy MacLeod, Eirean Ianetta-MacKay, Calum Wynd and John Dew. Photo: JohnSlavin @designfolk.com / Bagpipe.news

Judges in alphabetical order are: Euan Anderson; Robert Barnes BEM; Alan Forbes; Peter Hunt; Tom Johnstone; Roddy Livingtone; Ronnie McShannon; Jack Taylor; Robert Wallace and Bill Wotherspoon.

There are nine events across three performance areas, including C Grade Piobaireachd and Light Music, B Grade Piobaireachd, Open Light music, Open Piobaireachd and 6/8 March (played during tuning time for the Piobaireachd) and the Former Winners March, Strathspey and Reel competition. Pipers must be a member of the SPA to compete.

However you do not need to be a member to go along and listen. The venue is the NPC McPhater Street, and a full day’s entertainment is only five pounds.

The morning starts with the C Grade Piobaireachd, Open March and Strathspey and Reel and the C Grade March and Strathspey and Reel. 

The Former Winners will follow on from the C Piobaireachd. The Open Piobaireachd will follow the Open Light Music and the B Piobaireachd will follow the C light music.

•John Dew won the Former Winners MSR. Photo: JohnSlavin @designfolk.com / Bagpipe.news