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Draw for the European Championships

Draw for the European Championships

The RSPBA has made the draw for the European Pipe Band Championships. The contest takes place on June 29 at Bught Park, Inverness, Scotland. The draw (and times of play) is as follows: Grade 11 14:00 The Glasgow Skye Association 2 14:10 Inveraray and District 3 14:20 Lomond and Clyde […]

Gordon McCready competing in the Premier/A Grade Piobaireachd last year at a hot and sunny Atholl Gathering.

Atholl Gathering: draw and changes

Another good entry is expected for this Sunday’s Atholl Gathering, the first big solo piping event on the highland games circuit, when 59 seniors and 10 juniors will make their way to Blair Castle in Perthshire. This year, there will be four heats in the light music, each with one […]

View of Oxford Street, London from the Tyburn Turnpike gates. Hyde Park is to the right. The military review referred to in the author's article entered the park around this spot.

Newspaper report could be the earliest evidence of pipe band origin

• From the December 2003 Piping Times. By Keith Sanger The exact origins of the pipe band comprising pipe and drum corps is still to be determined but the following entry from the Edinburgh Courant of the 3rd November, 1803 provides at least one firm reference point in the story. […]

Finlay MacDonald: Mastered – the MMus/MA Traditional Music (Piping)

Finlay MacDonald: Mastered – the MMus/MA Traditional Music (Piping)

By Finlay MacDonald Postgraduate study is a great option for those already at a high, professional standard, looking to further their own musical and creative voice within the world of piping and the wider traditional music scene. This course of study is very much centred on the individual, encouraging artistic […]

Gordon Castle results

Gordon Castle results

It was a chilly day in Fochabers with a good standard of playing in seniors and juniors, writes Jack Taylor. Of the nine adults three were returning to competition after a break. All played strongly, with Colin Gordon, librarian at Skye’s Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, being overall champion, and Brad Davidson […]

Niall Stewart's Lochalsh Juniors march into the circle last Saturday.

The British: Novice Juvenile A review

By Stuart Letford, Piping Times editor. The Novice Juvenile A grade competition at the 2019 British Pipe Band Championships was competed for by eight bands. With the exception of Boghall & Bathgate, the bands represented Scottish state and private schools. The overall standard in this contest – like the Grade […]

Calum Brown, pictured yesterday with the trophy.

Calum Brown wins Scots Guards Knockout

Calum Iain Brown, a member of Inveraray & District Pipe Band, has won this year’s knockout competition organised by the Scots Guards Association. Calum, pictured below with the trophy, beat the other finalist, Cameron MacDougall, by only four votes. Calum is a former winner of Pipe Idol (2014) and member […]

Two heads are better than one

Two heads are better than one

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #63, 2013. It’s said that every day we each make thousands of decisions. Starting from the moment we wake up: do we get out of our chariots or roll over? And then: if we decide we want to eat, what’s for brekkie, what […]

ScottishPower marches into the circle at Paisley today.

The Grade 1 contest at the British

By Stuart Letford I arrived at Paisley around noon yesterday and after taking in the Novice Juvenile A contest (a critique will appear tomorrow), headed over to the Grade 1 arena, notebook in hand. These notes are my own and readers should bear in mind the judges – whose opinions, […]

British Champions

British Champions

Pipe major Alen Tully leads the St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band out of the circle after giving the winning performance in Grade 1 at the 2019 British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley.