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Silver hallmarks: how will they transition after Brexit?

Silver hallmarks: how will they transition after Brexit?

One implication of Brexit that is of interest to UK-based bagpipe manufacturers – as well as pipers with silver-mounted pipes – is how their silver will be recognised after January 1, 2021. From this date, the United Kingdom’s obligations to recognise the silver hallmarks from countries in the European Union […]

Prizewinners from the Vale's 2017 competition.

NPC announces details of 25th annual Junior competition

Entries are now open for the 2021 Junior Competition organised by the National Piping Centre. This will be the 25th year of the contest – and it, like virtually all competitions this year, will be an online video submission competition, rather than an in-person event. To mark the milestone, however, […]

Bag and bellows from past to present

Bag and bellows from past to present

We can thank the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) for the successful revivial of bellows-blown bagpipes that’s taken place in Scotland in recent years. The Society was founded by a handful of enthusiasts in Glasgow in the early 1980s. At the time, the instrument and the pipe music of […]

16 questions with … John Dew

16 questions with … John Dew

1. How are you these days?I’m pretty well. I didn’t think I’d be missing the business of university but with restrictions in place I’m going a little mad. Other than that, I’m grand. I spent four years studying on the BMus (Traditional Music – Piping) Degree course at the Royal […]

Calum Semple: a virologist and a piper

Calum Semple: a virologist and a piper

In Stuart Letford’s Glenfiddich essay that appeared here last Wednesday, he wrote: “The only person whose opinion I want to hear in a pandemic is that of a virologist not that of a pub owner or a football pundit, a plumber, an actor … or a piper.” It reminded piping […]

Scots Trads / RSDG’s Remembrance performance

Scots Trads / RSDG’s Remembrance performance

The distinct lack of piping activity this year has been reflected in the nominations to the 2020 Scots Trad Music Awards. There’s less than a handful of pipers among the acts nominated this year. Voting is open until midnight next Sunday (November 15). Ross Miller’s recording, The Roke is up […]

CLASP video contest results

CLASP video contest results

By Margaret Dunn (of CLASP) Members of the CLASP (Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers) last week uploaded their video entries to our Remote ‘Video Submission’ Competition. Judging by the large entry, it proved to be a popular contest among the membership. Due to the inevitable uncertainty surrounding the ongoing […]

Members of the LBPS committee playing at Arbroath Abbey earlier today.

London C Grade / Blàs online / LBPS conference / Tiny piper?

The Great Highland Bagpipe (and its music) has long been embraced by people from all walks of life and cultures. Further evidence of this can be seen in the entries for this weekend’s online C Grade competition organised by the Scottish Piping Society of London. We understand that at least […]