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Diary: Uist & Barra / RSPBA AGM / Piobaireachd Society Conference

Diary: Uist & Barra / RSPBA AGM / Piobaireachd Society Conference

Three key events in the piping calendar take place over three consecutive weekends next month in Glasgow, Scotland: The Glasgow Uist & Barra Association’s 75th annual invitational solo piping competition is on on March 7 at the National Piping Centre’s Otago Street building in Kelvinbridge in the west end of […]

Bagad 'Scotland'. The Breton Championships is not an RSPBA competition and some Scottish pipers took part in today's competition including Craig Munro, Paul Walker, Graham Stewart, Cammy Ritchie, Gary Nimmo, Greig Canning, Scott Wallace, Ross Millar, John Elliot and Steven Dewar.

Kevrenn Alré wins 2020 Breton bagad champs first round

Kevrenn Alré of Auray in Brittany’s Morbihan district, won the first round of this year’s annual bagad championships held yesterday in Brest, Brittany. The result was: 1. Kevrenn Alré, Auray; 2. Ronsedmor, Locoal-Mendon; 3. Bagad Cap Caval; 4. Bagad Kemper, Quimper; 5. Bagad Vannes, Melinerion; 6. Bagad Ar Meilhoù Glaz, Quimper. […]

Results from NPC’s annual Junior competition

Results from NPC’s annual Junior competition

There was a very high entry for The National Piping Centre’s (NPC) annual competition for Junior pipers which was held today at the NPC’s headquarters in McPhater Street, Glasgow. As well as a high entry, the judges remarked on a high standard of playing. Results:Under 15Piobaireachd (Ground) – 1. Andrew […]

NPC invites applications for Director of Piping and Director of NYPBoS posts

NPC invites applications for Director of Piping and Director of NYPBoS posts

The National Piping Centre today begins the process to fill two leading roles within its business, that of Director of Piping and Director of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. The positions became vacant after the recent resignations of Roddy MacLeod and Alisdair MacLaren in the respective roles. The […]

Bruce’s letter from P.M. Donald MacLeod / Archie Kenneth Quaich draw

Bruce’s letter from P.M. Donald MacLeod / Archie Kenneth Quaich draw

Further to our recent article on the late Bruce Thomson’s tune, Tommy MacDonald of Barguillean, Bruce’s son, Ewan tells us that his father’s talent was admired by Pipe Major Donald MacLeod. The two first met in the late 1940s when Thomson, then serving his National Service in the Gordon Highlanders, […]

A small tribute

After our recent report about Pipe Major George MacKenzie, a few readers alerted us to an article that appeared many years ago in the Piping Times. The article was written by one of the magazine’s frequent correspondents in those days, David V. Kennedy. In his article, written shortly after MacKenzie’s […]

Patrick through to SPA KO final

Patrick through to SPA KO final

John Patrick from Stirlingshire, Scotland won last night’s semi-final heat in the current Scottish Pipers’ Association Knockout contest. The Kilsyth piper received more of the audience’s votes than other semi finalist, Steven Leask. Patrick, a previous winner of this competition, goes through to the final on May 2 at The […]