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Bagad 'Scotland'. The Breton Championships is not an RSPBA competition and some Scottish pipers took part in today's competition including Craig Munro, Paul Walker, Graham Stewart, Cammy Ritchie, Gary Nimmo, Greig Canning, Scott Wallace, Ross Millar, John Elliot and Steven Dewar.

Kevrenn Alré wins 2020 Breton bagad champs first round

Kevrenn Alré of Auray in Brittany’s Morbihan district, won the first round of this year’s annual bagad championships held yesterday in Brest, Brittany. The result was: 1. Kevrenn Alré, Auray; 2. Ronsedmor, Locoal-Mendon; 3. Bagad Cap Caval; 4. Bagad Kemper, Quimper; 5. Bagad Vannes, Melinerion; 6. Bagad Ar Meilhoù Glaz, Quimper. […]

Chris Earl: Teaching is essential in a changing world

Chris Earl: Teaching is essential in a changing world

By Chris Earl, President of Pipe Bands Australia Pipe Bands Australia (PBA) this year celebrates its Diamond Jubilee – six decades since six state associations decided to form a federation that would in time transition to the national association we have today. The journey to that momentous meeting in 1960 […]

Results from NPC’s annual Junior competition

Results from NPC’s annual Junior competition

There was a very high entry for The National Piping Centre’s (NPC) annual competition for Junior pipers which was held today at the NPC’s headquarters in McPhater Street, Glasgow. As well as a high entry, the judges remarked on a high standard of playing. Results:Under 15Piobaireachd (Ground) – 1. Andrew […]

NPC invites applications for Director of Piping and Director of NYPBoS posts

NPC invites applications for Director of Piping and Director of NYPBoS posts

The National Piping Centre today begins the process to fill two leading roles within its business, that of Director of Piping and Director of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. The positions became vacant after the recent resignations of Roddy MacLeod and Alisdair MacLaren in the respective roles. The […]

Bruce’s letter from P.M. Donald MacLeod / Archie Kenneth Quaich draw

Bruce’s letter from P.M. Donald MacLeod / Archie Kenneth Quaich draw

Further to our recent article on the late Bruce Thomson’s tune, Tommy MacDonald of Barguillean, Bruce’s son, Ewan tells us that his father’s talent was admired by Pipe Major Donald MacLeod. The two first met in the late 1940s when Thomson, then serving his National Service in the Gordon Highlanders, […]

A small tribute

After our recent report about Pipe Major George MacKenzie, a few readers alerted us to an article that appeared many years ago in the Piping Times. The article was written by one of the magazine’s frequent correspondents in those days, David V. Kennedy. In his article, written shortly after MacKenzie’s […]

Patrick through to SPA KO final

Patrick through to SPA KO final

John Patrick from Stirlingshire, Scotland won last night’s semi-final heat in the current Scottish Pipers’ Association Knockout contest. The Kilsyth piper received more of the audience’s votes than other semi finalist, Steven Leask. Patrick, a previous winner of this competition, goes through to the final on May 2 at The […]