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Online classes available at the NPC

Online classes available at the NPC

Online evening classes are being launched at the National Piping Centre. The initiative is a means of maintaining lessons amid the restrictions placed on movement due to the global pandemic. The 12-week course commences on Monday, May 25 – and at £75 / £65, the cost is lower than the […]

William Scott's pipes.

Chris Gray / Somme pipe goes for £5,000 / Breton tribute; VJ Day 75

Inveraray & District Pipe Band piper, Chris Gray has released his first recording. The self-entitled CD is available now from his website. Recorded last year, the reocrding was co-produced by Calum MacCrimmon and features a multi-instrumental ensemble. Read Iain MacInnes’ review. A set of pipes that were reportedly played at […]

An artists impression of Findlater's winning of the Victoria Cross at the Heights of Dargai.

Stories of the tunes: Cock of the North

Last week we kicked off an occasional series looking at the stories behind some of our well known tunes. The tune we looked at was Pibroch of Donald Dubh. Today we look at Cock of The North. In the late 1890s, when news came of Piper Findlater’s exploits at Dargai […]

HLI in VE Day photo / Craig’s new collection

HLI in VE Day photo / Craig’s new collection

We found this photograph whilst delving into the fascinating archives of the Piping Times yesterday. We post it today whilst the contribution made by pipers last Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day is still fresh in the mind. The photograph was sent in a few years ago […]

Pipers killed / VE Day 75 / PM Whyte

Pipers killed / VE Day 75 / PM Whyte

We are grateful to Pipe Major Alistair Duthie for sending us some statistics on the number of pipers killed or wounded during the Second World War. On Friday we estimated the figure to be 10,000. However, the true figure is a little less. Mr Duthie made the following calculation: “If […]

Pipe Major John Whyte.

PM John Whyte … the last piper to be killed during WW2

(Post updated with colour photo): Pipe Major John Whyte is thought to be the last piper to be killed during the Second World War. Whyte, from Coupar Angus in Perthshire, was Pipe Major of the 79th (Scottish Horse) Medium Regiment Royal Artillery and was killed in Germany on May 5, […]

Set Tunes analysis: Isabel MacKay

Set Tunes analysis: Isabel MacKay

Today, we kick off yet another occasional series, this time on the tunes that are set regularly for the major solo piping competitions. The first tune to be discussed is Isabel MacKay. The tune was last set in 2016, although it is in the current CLASP list. Here to take […]

Iain MacDonald, 1950-2020

Iain MacDonald, 1950-2020

Iain MacDonald, one of Scotland’s greatest ambassadors for its piping and culture, died this morning. He was 70 and had been in hospital for a few weeks with various health issues. Iain was born in Glasgow to parents who were born on Great Bernera, just off the Isle of Lewis. […]