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The Junior winners at Bathgate today.

Results from Bathgate

Bathgate Highland Games was held today in dreich conditions. It was a good day, however, for Gordon McCready and Bobby Allen who took three first in the Senior and Junior events respectively. RESULTS:SeniorsCeòl Mòr – 1. Gordon McCready; 2. John Dew; 3. Jonathan Simpson. March: 1. Gordon McCready’ 2. Bradley […]

Alastair Lee receiving the Open Piobaireachd award from Graeme Macaloney at the 2019 Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival.

Troy and Lee win at Victoria Games

The 2019 Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival was held over the weekend of May 18 and 19 at Topaz Park in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in warm and sunny weather, writes Rob MacNeil, President of BC Pipers’ Association. A total of 149 soloists and 12 bands competed. James P. […]

Trophy winners from the 2019 RSPS's members' Competition.

RSPS members’ annual competition

This year’s annual members’ competition took place recently over two Friday evenings and one Saturday at the Society’s rooms in Rose Street Lane, Edinburgh, writes Tom Lewin, RSPS Competition Convenor. This year’s entry was increased greatly over last year’s. The standards, both of instruments presented and of tunes played, were […]

Gordon McCready competing in the Premier/A Grade Piobaireachd last year at a hot and sunny Atholl Gathering.

Atholl Gathering: draw and changes

Another good entry is expected for this Sunday’s Atholl Gathering, the first big solo piping event on the highland games circuit, when 59 seniors and 10 juniors will make their way to Blair Castle in Perthshire. This year, there will be four heats in the light music, each with one […]

Gordon Castle results

Gordon Castle results

It was a chilly day in Fochabers with a good standard of playing in seniors and juniors, writes Jack Taylor. Of the nine adults three were returning to competition after a break. All played strongly, with Colin Gordon, librarian at Skye’s Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, being overall champion, and Brad Davidson […]

Niall Stewart's Lochalsh Juniors march into the circle last Saturday.

The British: Novice Juvenile A review

By Stuart Letford, Piping Times editor. The Novice Juvenile A grade competition at the 2019 British Pipe Band Championships was competed for by eight bands. With the exception of Boghall & Bathgate, the bands represented Scottish state and private schools. The overall standard in this contest – like the Grade […]

Calum Brown, pictured yesterday with the trophy.

Calum Brown wins Scots Guards Knockout

Calum Iain Brown, a member of Inveraray & District Pipe Band, has won this year’s knockout competition organised by the Scots Guards Association. Calum, pictured below with the trophy, beat the other finalist, Cameron MacDougall, by only four votes. Calum is a former winner of Pipe Idol (2014) and member […]

ScottishPower marches into the circle at Paisley today.

The Grade 1 contest at the British

By Stuart Letford I arrived at Paisley around noon yesterday and after taking in the Novice Juvenile A contest (a critique will appear tomorrow), headed over to the Grade 1 arena, notebook in hand. These notes are my own and readers should bear in mind the judges – whose opinions, […]

SLoT: 2019 British Pipe Band champions

SLoT: 2019 British Pipe Band champions

St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band won the 2019 British Championship, the first of the RSPBA’s five major pipe band competitions, today at St. James’ Playing Field at Paisley, Scotland. In Grade 2, Closkelt maintained its consistency from last season and set out its stall with a fine run, taking the […]

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.

Capt. John recitalist-contestants revealed

The four solo pipers who will compete at this year’s Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Memorial Trust Dinner on Sunday, August 24, have been confirmed, featuring two Canadians and two Scots. Each piper is assigned a tune composed by, or strongly associated with, the late Captain John MacLellan. This year’s […]