The pipers invited to take part in the 2023 Glasgow Uist and Barra competition are: Jamie Forrester, Sandy Cameron, Iain Speirs, Sarah Muir, Craig Sutherland, Finlay Johnston, Connor Sinclair, Angus John MacColl, Angus D MacColl and John Mulhearn.
In 1944 a sub committee of the Association was formed for the purpose of organising an annual solo piping competition. Ten of the world’s top pipers were invited to compete in the first competition in 1945, which proved to be a great success and details of the competition were written into the constitution of the Association.
Prize money was raised by Association by organising a variety of functions. Highlanders and Islanders who had moved to, and prospered in the city, were extremely generous in donating silver trophies and down through the years more have been donated. Our current sponsor’s regularly give generous financial support which eases the financial burden on the committee.
The competition organisers are also grateful to the support given annually by the Glasgow Highland Club who graciously present a Silver Medal to the winner of the Piobaireachd competition. The medal is most attractive and inscribed with the motto of the club in the form of “Dileas dha cheile” (“Faithful to one another”).
Today the competition organisers annually issue invitations to 14 selected pipers using the criteria set out by the Competing Pipers Association in that only those graded P, or the best qualified in the A grade are considered. The competition, held in March of each year, is still rated as one of the big four competitions in the world