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The Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch marching down Edinburgh's High Street for the fifth opening of the Scottish Parliament. July 2016.

Info on Black Watch pipers sought

The author of a major new book on the pipers of The Black Watch is seeking information from the families and friends of pipers who served in the regiment from 1919 till 1988. Alistair Duthie, who was himself a piper in the 1st Battalion from 1988-2008, serving latterly as Pipe […]

Duncan Johnstone results

Duncan Johnstone results

It was a great day at The National Piping Centre on Saturday 16th March for the 20th Annual Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition. There was a huge entry, with a high standard of performance through the day. Thank you to the Competing Pipers’ Association, the stewards and all the competitors that […]

Tutor Vol. 1 rebranded

Tutor Vol. 1 rebranded

The bagpipe tutor book that started thousands of pipers off on their quest to learn how to play the pipes has been rebranded ahead of another print run. The new-look for what was previously titled the College of Piping Tutor Vol. 1 – the ‘Green Book’ – brings it into […]

SPA Professional contest changes

SPA Professional contest changes

This year’s Scottish Pipers’ Association marks its 100th year by introducing a new format for its annual Professional solo piping contest which takes place on Saturday, April 13. The Open category has been dispensed with and instead the competition will be graded. SPA President Tom Johnstone, said: “We felt that […]

ScottishPower Pipe Band after winning the 2018 British Pipe Championships held in Paisley.

ScottishPower pre-Worlds concert

ScottishPower Pipe Band will headline this year’s pre-Worlds pipe band concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The band, now in its 30th year of sponsorship by the utility company, last headlined this show in 2011. Kurt Mackintosh of promoters, Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band, said: “Scottish Power is known for […]

Oban 2017. The annual march through the town to Mossfield Park for the light music competitions at the Argyllshire Gathering is led by the previous day’s winner of the Gold Medal and Silver Medal.

Pipers for Oban and Inverness announced

The pipers who will compete for the Gold and Silver Medals at this year’s Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting have been confirmed. They are: Argyllshire Gathering Silver Medal Xavier Boderiou; Calum Brown; Finlay Cameron; Greig Canning; Kristopher Coyle; Jason Craig; John Dew; Jacob Dicker; Pipe Major Ben Duncan; Andrew Ferguson; […]

Uist and Barra 2019 results

Uist and Barra 2019 results

There was a great day of piping on Saturday 2nd March at The National Piping Centre Otago Street for the Uist and Barra Annual Invitational Competition. Congratulations to Finlay Johnston who was the overall winner, winning both the Piobaireachd and MSR events. Here are the full results: Piobaireachd 1st Finlay […]

Tom Peterkin is presented with the Archie Kenneth Quaich by Alan Forbes, Secretary of the Music Committee of The Piobaireachd Society.

Peterkin wins Archie Kenneth Quaich

Tom Peterkin won the 27th Archie Kenneth Quaich, the annual amateur pìobaireachd competition run by The Pìobaireachd Society. Peterkin, who has now won this competition four times, played Melbank’s Salute. 26 competed. The competition took place on February 23 in the historic rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society in […]

The trophy winners at the National Piping Centre's 2019 annual junior piping competition.

NPC Junior Piping Competition results

The National Piping Centre’s 23rd annual junior solo piping competition took place at McPhater Street on February 16. The overall champions were Jaz Scott (chanter), Fraser Hamilton (novice, under 15) and Luke Kennedy (junior). Results: Junior (age 15-17)  Piobaireachd  – 1. Hamish Drennan;  2. Christopher Happs;  3. Gregor MacDonald; 4. […]

Bagad Cap Caval wins Brest 2019

Bagad Cap Caval wins Brest 2019

1st – Bagad Cap Caval – 17,352nd – Bagad Kerlenn Pondi – 17,283rd – Bagad Kemper – 17,224th – Bagad Ar Meilhoù Glaz – 15,975th – Bagad Kevrenn Alré – 15,546th – Bagad Melinerion – 15,057th – Bagad Sonerien Bro Dreger – 15,028th – Bagad Bro Kemperle – 14,899th – […]