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New date for PM Donald MacLeod invitational

New date for PM Donald MacLeod invitational

The Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Piping Competition has been re-scheduled to November 27. Organisers, the Lewis & Harris Piping Society, have moved quickly to find the date after making the decision last week to postpone. Finlay Johnston, pictured, won the 2019 competition. The competition, the 27th, had been […]

Competitors chosen for Oban

Competitors chosen for Oban

With the organisers of both the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting stating on Friday that their respective events are still planned to take place in August, the following competitors have been chosen to play at this year’s Argyllshire Gathering by the Joint Eligibility Committee*: Gold Medal(Not in order of […]

Now 2020 UK Championships axed

Now 2020 UK Championships axed

The RSPBA today confirmed the cancellation of this year’s United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships. This makes three of the five ‘majors’ to be cancelled for 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. The United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships was due to take place on June 13 in Lurgan, Northern […]

Oban and Inverness still on … for now

Oban and Inverness still on … for now

Organisers for the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting have today issued a statement advising that, currently, both of the flagship solo piping events are still planned to go ahead for now. The statement reads: “The Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meetings are acutely alert to the impact which the […]

Cancellations from the Irish Pipe Band Association

Cancellations from the Irish Pipe Band Association

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the following Irish Pipe Band Association (IPBA) events have been postponed: Saturday, March 21:National Executive Council  Meeting of the IPBA at Great National Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Sunday, March 22:Munster Solo Championships at Courtenay Boys Primary School, Newcastle West, Co […]

Europeans cancelled

Europeans cancelled

The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc throughout the piping calendar with the news that this year’s European Pipe Band Championships has been cancelled. Also cancelled is the Atholl Gathering, the first major solo piping competition of the games season. The Europeans was due to take place at Bught Park, Inverness […]

‘Donald MacLeod’ postponed till autumn

‘Donald MacLeod’ postponed till autumn

The Pipe Major Donald Macleod MBE Memorial Piping Competition has been postponed until later in the year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The prestigious competition was due to be held in Stornoway on Friday, April 3 but will now take place in the autumn, with the exact date to be […]

Massed bands at Gourock … but not this year.

More cancellations …

As expected, there have been more cancellations and postponements in the piping world as a result of advice concerning the Coronavirus pandemic: • The Scots Guards Knockout has been postponed till later in the year. The first semi final – between Angus MacColl Jnr. and Brighde Chaimbeul – was due […]

The NPC's Margaret Dunn conducting a lesson today via Skype.

COVID-19: we have the technology

With Britons being urged to avoid all non-essential travel and social contact in the latest attempts to slow the spread of coronavirus, more piping and pipe band events are being cancelled by organisers. However, technology is now being used more than ever in an effort to maintain practice schedules. For example, […]

CLASP competition goes ahead in unique trial of technology

CLASP competition goes ahead in unique trial of technology

The National Piping Centre’s competition for amateur pipers, the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) is to go ahead as scheduled at the end of this month. In what is reckoned to be a first in piping competitions, pipers will compete remotely using technology. The trial of technology in […]