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Competitors chosen for Oban

Competitors chosen for Oban

With the organisers of both the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting stating on Friday that their respective events are still planned to take place in August, the following competitors have been chosen to play at this year’s Argyllshire Gathering by the Joint Eligibility Committee*: Gold Medal(Not in order of […]

Enough music for pipers

Enough music for pipers

This article, written by the legendary Jack Churchill, was published in the very first edition of The International Piper (May 1978). Jack Churchill was a British Army officer who fought in the Second World War with a longbow, bagpipes, and a Scottish broadsword. Nicknamed ‘Fighting Jack Churchill’ and ‘Mad Jack’, […]

Now 2020 UK Championships axed

Now 2020 UK Championships axed

The RSPBA today confirmed the cancellation of this year’s United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships. This makes three of the five ‘majors’ to be cancelled for 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. The United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships was due to take place on June 13 in Lurgan, Northern […]

Oban and Inverness still on … for now

Oban and Inverness still on … for now

Organisers for the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting have today issued a statement advising that, currently, both of the flagship solo piping events are still planned to go ahead for now. The statement reads: “The Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meetings are acutely alert to the impact which the […]

Stuart Letford: Working from home

Stuart Letford: Working from home

Thousands of people are being encouraged to work from home for the first time due to the Coronavirus outbreak. For many of us, though, it’s just like any other week. There has been a trend in recent years for more of us to work from home and there are innumerable […]

Cancellations from the Irish Pipe Band Association

Cancellations from the Irish Pipe Band Association

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the following Irish Pipe Band Association (IPBA) events have been postponed: Saturday, March 21:National Executive Council  Meeting of the IPBA at Great National Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Sunday, March 22:Munster Solo Championships at Courtenay Boys Primary School, Newcastle West, Co […]

Europeans cancelled

Europeans cancelled

The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc throughout the piping calendar with the news that this year’s European Pipe Band Championships has been cancelled. Also cancelled is the Atholl Gathering, the first major solo piping competition of the games season. The Europeans was due to take place at Bught Park, Inverness […]

‘Donald MacLeod’ postponed till autumn

‘Donald MacLeod’ postponed till autumn

The Pipe Major Donald Macleod MBE Memorial Piping Competition has been postponed until later in the year due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The prestigious competition was due to be held in Stornoway on Friday, April 3 but will now take place in the autumn, with the exact date to be […]

Disinfecting bagpipes

Disinfecting bagpipes

Following Tommy Pearston’s article last week, cultivated from the Piping Times archives, we reproduce another of his pieces on hygiene, this time on the subject of disinfecting our instrument. This article appeared originally in the Piping Times of June 1953 and covers some misconceptions and sound advice on disinfecting our […]

Massed bands at Gourock … but not this year.

More cancellations …

As expected, there have been more cancellations and postponements in the piping world as a result of advice concerning the Coronavirus pandemic: • The Scots Guards Knockout has been postponed till later in the year. The first semi final – between Angus MacColl Jnr. and Brighde Chaimbeul – was due […]