News

Vale of Atholl Juniors

Vale of Atholl Juniors

The annual Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Junior solo piping and drumming competition took place yesterday at Pitlochry High School. The entry to what was the organisation’s 45th year of running the contest was the largest in recent years. Entry at this competition is confined to Perthshire, Dundee and Angus […]

Lee storms ahead at Kansas City

Lee storms ahead at Kansas City

Alastair Lee of Coquitlam, British Columbia, won both of the top solo piping competitions at the annual Winter Storm competitions held in Kansas City. The feat won him the President’s Trophy (awarded to the piper who wins both Gold Medlas for light music and pibroch events).  Lee received the trophy […]

Piping Live! 2020 promises to be Piping Hot!

Piping Live! 2020 promises to be Piping Hot!

Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival returns from August 8-16. This year’s festival, based as ever at The National Piping Centre and venues across Glasgow city centre, will be the 17th.  Already confirmed for 2020 is the return of the Silver Chanter invitational solo piping competition. The will be the […]

From the archives: SPA 1984 – and controversy at the Worlds

From the archives: SPA 1984 – and controversy at the Worlds

Following on from the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s (SPA) successful centenary night at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, today we feature an item from the December 1984 Piping Times. Angus J. MacLellan was President of the SPA back then and in that edition of the PT he wrote a report […]

SPA President, Tom Johnstone opens the evening with a selection of tunes.

SPA celebrates 100 years

The Scottish Pipers’ Association – one of the most prominent and historical piping organisations – marked its centenary in style last night at an informal evening of piping at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, the former College of Piping. A near capacity audience were welcomed by President, Tom Johnstone […]

Roddy MacLeod steps down from NPC

Roddy MacLeod steps down from NPC

Roddy MacLeod MBE has resigned from The National Piping Centre (NPC). The NPC released this statement today: “After 24 years at The National Piping Centre, Roddy MacLeod has decided to leave the organisation with effect from the end of May 2020. “As Principal and Director and co-Founder of Piping Live! […]

Campaigners James Rattray and John Neilson take local MSP John Swinney around the battlefield last summer.

Battle for Killiecrankie scheduled

A Scottish public inquiry begins in Pitlochry on Monday after campaigners in a small Perthshire community complained that the proposed dualling of a trunk road would further encroach the site of a 17th century of huge historical importance. The A9 trunk road between Perth and Inverness is currently being dualled […]

Pipes and drums in Barbados

Pipes and drums in Barbados

The 2020 Barbados Celtic Festival takes place on May 19-24. The festival has been held annually in the Caribbean island for 24 years and has grown to involve local schools learning Scottish and Gaelic culture through music and dance.  Scotland has strong historical links to Barbados, with the purging of […]