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11 year old Ella learning the pipes in Saudi

11 year old Ella learning the pipes in Saudi

The National Piping Centre offers a wide range of tuition to people from very different backgrounds, and thanks to the rise in popularity of online tuition the NPC has pupils all over the world. One such student is 11 year old, Ella Stewart, who lives in Saudi Arabia and who […]

The art and mystery of composition for the bagpipe: part 2

The art and mystery of composition for the bagpipe: part 2

by BILL LIVINGSTONE. Piping Today #101, 2020. My own experience of composing music started when I was in my teens, creating rock and roll songs in the simple three or four-chord form of the times. But still I was doing it, and they gathered some local popularity. Of course there […]

Royal visit to Edinburgh 1822  – the background

Royal visit to Edinburgh 1822 – the background

PART ONE by JEANNIE CAMPBELL MBE. Two hundred years ago Edinburgh was in a frenzy of Royal celebrations equal to those in London in 2022. This was to mark the visit by George IV, the first of the Hanoverian kings to visit Scotland. George IV succeeded to the throne on […]

Piping in London – part 12

Piping in London – part 12

1892 – 1894 by JEANNIE CAMPBELL MBE In May 1892 papers mentioned that the Scottish Gathering at Stamford Bridge would be on June 18, but when June came the papers reported that it would be held on July 16. As usual, there would be only two open events, piping and […]

Bob Worrall shares an old tune and a new tune

Bob Worrall shares an old tune and a new tune

NINE NOTES AND MORE… by Stuart Robertson. Piping Today #47 2010. Bob Worrall is one of North America’s leading teachers, adjudicators, performers and composers and is the weel-kent face of the BBC’s World Pipe Band Championships programme.  Prior to retiring from competitive piping in 1983, Bob won the North American […]

Teachers & Students: Blackley of Hillsdale

Teachers & Students: Blackley of Hillsdale

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey. June, 2022. The writer, Ami McKay, has a great string of words about life in a small town, and that is, “no matter what you do, someone always knew you would.” Cue the local curtain rustler’s chat with the TV reporter, “oh, they was ruthless […]

Murray Blair shares a tune

Murray Blair shares a tune

Murray Blair gives us one of his new tunes (including a sound file), and a few older ones, in this article which has been updated for 2022. NINE NOTES AND MORE… by Stuart Robertson. Piping Today #55 2011. Our featured composer for this edition is Murray Blair, one of Australia’s […]