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Mastered – the MMus/MA Traditional Music (Piping)

Mastered – the MMus/MA Traditional Music (Piping)

By Finlay MacDonald Postgraduate study is a great option for those already at a high, professional standard, looking to further their own musical and creative voice within the world of piping and the wider traditional music scene. This course of study is very much centred on the individual, encouraging artistic […]

Two heads are better than one

Two heads are better than one

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #63, 2013. It’s said that every day we each make thousands of decisions. Starting from the moment we wake up: do we get out of our chariots or roll over? And then: if we decide we want to eat, what’s for brekkie, what […]

The well fed, joyful, assembled company. I haven’t a Scooby where Waldo is but get out your magnifying glass – how many faces can you identify? Photo: Derek Maxwell.

An evening to remember

• From the February 2017 Piping Times By Brian D. Yates It is not often that an idea for a new and different kind of piping event unfolds, takes shape, and then – crucially – becomes a success but we are fortunate to have just such a one. The Captain […]

Pass it on

Pass it on

By Dougie Pincock I was very pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago to be contacted by Piping Times editor, Stuart Letford and asked to make this contribution to the Bagpipe.News Blog. I met Stuart when I was an instructor at The Piping Centre (before it was National!), and hearing […]

‘Pitching’ the chanter reed

‘Pitching’ the chanter reed

By David V. Kennedy • From the August 1981 Piping Times. Effective blade lengthThe effective blade length of the chanter reed is that dimension measured from the tip of the blades to the top of the bindings. But some makers will contend (and I am among them) that all the […]

Going home

Going home

By Andrew Bova The second movement of Antonín Dvořák’s 9th Symphony will likely be more commonly known to pipers as the theme of the tune Going Home, which I’ve been called on to play at funerals on a number of occasions. This theme, while frequently thought of as a folk […]

The great pinkie debate

The great pinkie debate

• From the December 1996 Piping Times. The letter from Mr. F. Kenneth about the open C/closed C reminds us that over 50 years ago almost all pipers, apart from competing pipers, played the open C. Seumas MacNeill published the following article in his usual forthright manner in the Piping […]

In Montrose’s footsteps with the soldiers and the phantom piper

In Montrose’s footsteps with the soldiers and the phantom piper

• From the June 2005 Piping Times By David Murray Chatting on the telephone to Captain Stephen Small of the Army School of Piping the other day, Stephen mentioned that he had just had attended a course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. “Tactics?” I enquired. “No, no”, said Stephen, […]

Listen

Listen

By John Mulhearn “Do you ever listen to pipe music?” “… Em, not really… I sometimes hear a busker when I’m in the town…”. So began conversations I had a with a number of students recently. In my day-to-day role as an instructor at The National Piping Centre I often […]

Missing Hector MacLean winning tune found

Missing Hector MacLean winning tune found

From the March 2018 Piping Times. Hector MacLean, 1894-1974 (pictured, right), was featured in the February 2015 Piping Times (Vol. 67, No. 5). The article mentioned a composing contest that had been organised by the Knightswood Highlanders in 1949 but the tune composed by Hector, left, which won first prize […]