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Christmas comes to The National Piping Centre

Christmas comes to The National Piping Centre

The National Piping Centre in Glasgow city centre has a number of seasonal family events kicking off next month. This Sunday (December 1) sees the first of three Sing Along with Santa days. These feature ‘Piping Hot Santa Parties’ which are suitable for different age groups of children and include […]

Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band. Niall Stewart's youngsters had a good outing in the Novice Juvenile A grade.

Changes to Grade 4 and Novice Juvenile tunes

The Music Board of the RSPBA has announced more tune choices for lower grade bands competing next season. The new tunes are three two-part marches, three two-part strathspeys and one four-part strathspey. Three marches have been added: Coppermill, Corn Rigs are Bonny and the White Cockade. In addition, the two-part strathspeys […]

Scots Guards KO: Dew through

Scots Guards KO: Dew through

John Dew of Perthshire, Scotland goes through to the next round of the Scots Guards’ Knockout series. The Inveraray & District piper pipped Lewis Russell of Lanarkshire at the second quarter final this afternoon. The contest took place, as usual, at the Scots Guards Club in Haymarket, Edinburgh in front […]

Glasgow Police competing at the 2019 European Pipe Band Championships held at Bught Park.

Tickets on sale for the 2020 Europeans

Tickets go on sale today for the European Pipe Band Championships next year. The event, scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Bught Park, Inverness will, organisers Piping Inverness say, build on the success of the 2019 event, which attracted over 17,500 visitors and over 100 pipe bands from around […]

Fun in the sun outside the beer tent at the 2018 World Pipe Band Championships.

‘Get rid of beer tent enclosures’ – study

Getting rid of beer tent enclosures and adopting a more ‘open park’ format instead, is one of the recommendations contained in a recent academic study into major pipe band competitions in Scotland. The study, undertaken by Amy Fenton of Napier University in Edinburgh, further considers it would be, “advantageous for […]

Kayleigh Johnstone overall in Pittsburgh

Kayleigh Johnstone overall in Pittsburgh

George Balderose of the Balmoral School writes: Kayleigh Johnstone of Aurora, Ontario was the overall piping winner of the annual Balmoral Classic piping contest held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last weekend. Remarkably, her brother, Colin won the George Sherriff contest held in Ontario that same evening. As well as the trophies, […]

Piping concert set for Inverness reprise

Piping concert set for Inverness reprise

Hamish Moore’s Cáirdeas Nam Piobairean vehicle for “promoting Scottish piping of all types” is to reprise its recent successful concert held at Blair Atholl the night before last month’s Glenfiddich. The concert will take place as part of the week-long Blàs festival across the highlands and islands and takes place […]

Colin Johnstone wins the ‘Sherriff’

Colin Johnstone wins the ‘Sherriff’

Colin Johnstone, pictured, was the overall winner at last night’s George Sherriff invitational solo piping competition. The Aurora, Ontario piper’s first in the 6/8 March, second in the MSR and third in the Ceòl Mòr was enough to give him the overall title. Alistair Bevan, son of Simon Fraser University […]

Registration mounts up for 2020 WW2 tribute

Registration mounts up for 2020 WW2 tribute

Further to our news item from early September, many more pipers have registered to participate in next year’s VE Day 75 event. Among the latest are ex-Sovereign’s Piper, Pipe Major Jim Stout who intends to play on the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom and […]

The ‘Sherriff’ / Balmoral Classic this weekend

The ‘Sherriff’ / Balmoral Classic this weekend

The 13th annual Balmoral Classic takes place this weekend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from November 15-17. The competition has been a popular one since its inception and around 1,000 patrons are expected. The event kicks off on Friday night with a welcome reception featuring Breton dance. The competition kicks off on […]