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Tunes in the key of D-major

Tunes in the key of D-major

Theory Top-Up by Tim Cummings Piping Today #70, 2014. Piping Today published a series of articles in issues 57, 58, 63 and 64 that addressed the topic of musical keys and how they relate to our music. I understand that some readers have enrolled in therapy since trying to digest […]

Piping Society revives programme of recitals

Piping Society revives programme of recitals

The Lewis & Harris Piping Society is reviving its programme of recitals over the winter, beginning with a performance from Callum Beaumont in Stornoway on Saturday, November 9.  The Society ran a popular programme of recitals from the time it was formed in the 1970s until about a decade ago. Its […]

Henderson to feature at LBPS conference

Henderson to feature at LBPS conference

The Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) holds its annual conference (‘collogue’) next month. The conference is open to all. This year the society, founded in 1983, has another interesting day of presentations and music lined up. A central feature of the day is the centenary of the birth of […]

Anne Spalding: a life in piping

Anne Spalding: a life in piping

Anne Spalding of Tayside, Scotland was awarded the Balvenie Medal for services to piping yesterday at the 2019 Glenfiddich Championship. Anne is someone who has truly spent a lifetime in piping. In December 2012 Lowri Potts visited Anne at her home in Broughty Ferry to discuss her piping life. Their […]

Bob Shepherd pictured in 1975.

Bob Shepherd MBE, 1938-2019 (updated with funeral details)

The funeral of Bob Shepherd, who died yesterday, will take place on Tuesday, November 5 at 14:15 at Kirkcaldy Crematorium in Rosemount Ave, Kirkcaldy KY2 6HQ. Robert Thompson Shepherd died on Thursday after an illness. He had been ill for a while. Bob contributions to the pipe band world were […]

2020 dates: Northern Meeting date change

2020 dates: Northern Meeting date change

With Scotland’s 2019 highland games and pipe band season now well over we look ahead to 2020 and post the following dates for your diary. At this early stage, some events – and most pipe band competition dates except the ‘majors’ – have yet to be confirmed, and so we […]

All eyes on the Glenfiddich on Saturday

All eyes on the Glenfiddich on Saturday

This Saturday’s Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championship will once again be streamed live over the internet. The stream will be live from 09:45 on Saturday morning at www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/livestream. While the stream itself is free, donations are encouraged, with all money raised going to the Scottish Pipers’ Association (SPA), currently in […]

SPA contest from 1969

SPA contest from 1969

We received a query from a reader asking about the 1969 Scottish Pipers’ Association (SPA) competition. The contest that year was notable as a new system of judging was tried out, one that saw five judges – Pipe Majors Donald MacLeod, Peter Bain and Hector MacLean, Lieut. John MacLellan and […]

Entries open for the 2020 Archie Kenneth Quaich

Entries open for the 2020 Archie Kenneth Quaich

Entries are now open for next year’s Archie Kenneth Quaich amateur pibroch competition. The competition is organised by The Piobaireachd Society in memory of Archie Kenneth (1915-1989) who was a member of its Music Committee and almost single-handedly compiled Books 11, 12, 13 and 14 and most of 15. The […]