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Nigel Richard, 1948-2021

Nigel Richard, 1948-2021

Nigel Richard, a leading light in the bellows piping revival, has died. He was 73 and had been fighting cancer for a few years . He died on the evening of New Year’s Day in an Edinburgh hospice where he had only just been admitted. Nigel [pictured] was the proprietor […]

CLASP profile: Matthias Kühn

CLASP profile: Matthias Kühn

For many years, each issue of Piping Today featured a profile of a member of the National Piping Centre’s popular Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers. (CLASP). With the magazine ceasing publication, we resume this series on Bagpipe.News. Our first piper to feature is Matthias Kühn. Q. Where are you […]

Kernaghan overall at Waipu

Kernaghan overall at Waipu

For the second year running, Liam Kernaghan of Dunedin, New Zealand was the overall winner at the annual New Year’s Day solo piping competition at Waipu in the country’s North Island. The town’s annual highland games was cancelled but the A Grade solo piping competition went ahead. Results:Ceòl Mòr – […]

Massed bands at the European Pipe Band championships in 2018. The competition was held at Grant Park in Forres and was praised highly as a venue by the bands. Could it be because the park's natural amphitheatre aided sound propagation?

“All piping is good piping” – Seumas MacNeill

To kick off the new year we reproduce Seumas MacNeill’s editorial that appeared in the Piping Times of January 1957. Seumas had three suggestions for pipers that year and they are still relevant today. As we look forward to, hopefully, a return to piping at some point this year, let’s […]

New Year Honours 2021 / Drums and Whistles / Online Balmoral school

New Year Honours 2021 / Drums and Whistles / Online Balmoral school

No individuals from the world of highland piping have been recognised in the The Queen’s New Year Honours list for 2021, although a British Empire Medals (BEM) has been awarded to Margaret Campbell of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland for services to pipe bands and highland dancing in the county. […]

Yahya Hussein: Preparing to do our damndest in 2021

Yahya Hussein: Preparing to do our damndest in 2021

2020 was to be the year I made my first appearance for the Dunvegan Medal, for which I had been preparing mightily over the last three years. My four submissions are, out of interest, Lament for the Children, Lament for the Earl of Antrim, MacSwan of Roaig and Lament for […]

Merry Christmas from all of us

Merry Christmas from all of us

It is Christmas morning here in Scotland. Everyone connected with Bagpipe.news and the National Piping Centre would like to wish you a Merry Christmas. We hope Santa has been good to you wherever you are. It’s been a tough year. One like no other. Throughout this historic year we’ve worked […]