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Finlay MacDonald appointed NPC’s new Director of Piping

Finlay MacDonald appointed NPC’s new Director of Piping

Finlay MacDonald has today been appointed as the Director of Piping of the National Piping Centre (NPC). He takes up his new role in June. The NPC released the following statement today: “The Board of the National Piping Centre is delighted to announce that Finlay MacDonald has been appointed to […]

VE Day 75 date change / ‘Pipes up!’ on Thursday

VE Day 75 date change / ‘Pipes up!’ on Thursday

Organisers of VE Day 75, which was to have taken place on May 8-10, hope to re-schedule the event for the weekend of August 14-15 – the same weekend as the World Pipe Band Championships. Gourock Highland Games had been set to play a leading role in VE Day 75, […]

Finlay MacDonald appointed Artistic Director for Piping Live! 2020

Finlay MacDonald appointed Artistic Director for Piping Live! 2020

Finlay MacDonald, pictured, a member of staff at the National Piping Centre (NPC) for almost 20 years, has been appointed Artistic Director of this year’s Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping, the world’s largest bagpipe festival. MacDonald has been involved with the festival’s programming since its inception in 2003. […]

James Murray, who dressed for the occasion, competing yesterday from his home.

CLASP competition success amid coronavirus lockdown

This weekend’s amateur piping competition held for members of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) was voted an overwhelming success by competitors and judges alike. As a result of the Conronavirus pandemic, the contest was held using videoconferencing technology and audio files. Competitors – from around the world […]

2020 All Ireland postponed

2020 All Ireland postponed

The All Ireland Pipe Band Championships will not now be held on July 4. The Ireland Pipe Band Association and the RSPBA(NI) have postponed the event until later in the year citing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The contest was due to take place in Newbridge House and Demesne […]

North Berwick, 2012. Jenny Hazzard competing for judges Ronnie McShannon and Hugh MacCallum.

More cancellations / Bagpipe Shop closes temporarily

The RSPBA has confirmed the cancellation of four more pipe band contests in response to the current Coronavirus outbreak (CoVid-19): July 4 – Annan August 8 – North Berwick August 22 – Rothesay The cancellation of Rothesay (Bute Highland Games) and North Berwick will be of particular concern to others […]

Tone in the pipe band – part 2

Tone in the pipe band – part 2

In the second part of his two-part article on pipe band tone, Bob Shepherd discusses volume and also the controversial subject of pipe band formation. Tone in the pipe band– Part 2By Pipe Major Robert T. Shepherd From the table above (Fig. 6) it is observed that Pitch is employed […]

Tone in the pipe band – part 1

Tone in the pipe band – part 1

With most of us in some form of ‘lockdown’, many members of pipe bands are using technology to try to maintain some form of practice. In reproducing this excellent two-part article written by the late Bob Shepherd and published over two editions of The International Piper (November and December 1978), […]

The RSPBA's headquarters in Washington Street, Glasgow.

RSPBA closes HQ

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) today closed its headquarters in Washington Street, Glasgow in response to updated guidelines issued by the United Kingdom government. The RSPBA’s Board of Directors issued this statement today: “In response to the revised Government guidelines regarding COVID-19, we have closed our Headquarters building […]

COVID-19 – National Piping Centre closes

COVID-19 – National Piping Centre closes

March 23, Glasgow – The National Piping Centre has closed temporarily as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic. The organisation’s management released this statement today: “In light of the ongoing global health risk posed by COVID-19, we’ve taken the difficult decision to close The National Piping Centre for the time […]