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Studying the Gaelic names and pronunciation of piobaireachd

Studying the Gaelic names and pronunciation of piobaireachd

• From the December 2007 Piping Times. In his introduction, Kilberry said, “The writer is not going to give all his tunes titles in both Gaelic and English. Few of the known leading piobaireachd players of today [1948] use Gaelic as their every-day conversational tongue, many have no Gaelic, some […]

Wilson Brown: A towering success

Wilson Brown: A towering success

By Wilson Brown The National Piping Centre (NPC), in partnership with the Italian Pipers’ Association (A.P.I.), recently organised another successful Spring School at the end of April. Thirty-two pipers from Italy, Austria and France enjoyed four days of tuition, workshops, recitals and socialising in the beachfront location in Calambrone, near […]

View of Oxford Street, London from the Tyburn Turnpike gates. Hyde Park is to the right. The military review referred to in the author's article entered the park around this spot.

Newspaper report could be the earliest evidence of pipe band origin

• From the December 2003 Piping Times. By Keith Sanger The exact origins of the pipe band comprising pipe and drum corps is still to be determined but the following entry from the Edinburgh Courant of the 3rd November, 1803 provides at least one firm reference point in the story. […]

Finlay MacDonald: Mastered – the MMus/MA Traditional Music (Piping)

Finlay MacDonald: 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 […]

Dougie Pincock: Pass it on

Dougie Pincock: 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 […]

Andrew Bova: Going home

Andrew Bova: 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 […]