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Piping in London – Part 2

Piping in London – Part 2

By Jeannie Campbell MBE The Caledonian Society of London was instituted in 1839 and had its first formal session in 1839-1840 although some activities had started as early as 1837. The impetus seems to have been a desire by professional Scots, particularly those from the Lowlands, to create an alternative […]

Lou Lanaro – the last and the first

Lou Lanaro – the last and the first

By Wilson Brown (NPC Piping Instructor and Tuition Co-ordinator) On March 20, 2020, the National Piping Centre (NPC) closed its doors to students and, like most of the world, went into lockdown. The last student to be taught in person was Lou Lanaro, a 72-year-old piper from Collingwood, Ontario. Lou […]

CLASP profile: Alexander Hess

CLASP profile: Alexander Hess

Where are you from and how did you get into piping?My name is Alexander Hess from Dortmund (Northrhine Westfalia, Germany) and I got into piping by visiting local Highland Games and booking a piper for the wedding of friend. How has the pandemic affected your piping personally?Due to short-time work […]

Beaumont burns London

Beaumont burns London

London: November 6 – Callum Beaumont of Dollar, Scotland took the overall aggregate prize at the 81st annual London Championship yesterday. Beaumont’s success is the second time he has been the overall champion piper at this competition – the first time being in 2019 – and means he will be […]

Lachlan Roderick Ewen Robertson, an appreciation

Lachlan Roderick Ewen Robertson, an appreciation

By Angus MacPhail of Skipinnish Here’s a health to the fishermen who plough the lonely seaAnd battle with the ocean where it’s in their blood to be.Dear the fruitful bounty of the blind and savage foam.They’re the last of the hunters, and they’re proudly sailing home. The sea is beautiful, […]

Glenn Brown wins 2021 Bratach Gorm

Glenn Brown wins 2021 Bratach Gorm

[updated with photograph] London, England – November 5, 2021 – Glenn Brown was awarded the Bràtach Gorm tonight in from of a good-sized audience in the Caledonian Club in Belgravia. It’s the second time Glenn has won this competition and his win means he is the second invitee to next […]