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May 2018. The massed band played at Manchester's Piccadily Gardens and played a half hour set before releasing pink balloons, each with the names of the bombing victims.

Massed band tribute to Manchester bombing victims

A massed band performance in memory of Eilidh MacLeod and the other Manchester Arena bombing victims is planned for Manchester, England on Sunday, May 19. Pipe bands from all over northern England – and from Scotland and Wales – have taken part previously and most have indicated they will take […]

Last night's rehearsals for tonight's showcase concert.

Piping showcase … to a degree

Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Traditional Music Degree course will be performing tonight at The National Piping Centre. The students include Malin Lewis, John Dew, Isla Stout, Cameron Barnes, Chris Lee, Calum Ian Brown and Bradley Parker, as well as Masters Student, Breton Piper Enora Morice. They will be […]

Draw for the UK Championships

Draw for the UK Championships

This afternoon the RSPBA made the draw for the United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships. These take place in Lurgan, Northern Ireland on June 15. The draw is as follows: Grade Novice Juvenile A – Final 1 11:00 Dollar Academy 2 11:08 George Heriot’s School 3 11:16 West Lothian Schools 4 […]

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band celebrate the announcement of their grade one British Championship win.

The perfect jump shot

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band react to the announcement of their G1 win at the British Pipe Band Championships at Annan in 2010. Press Photographer, Arthur ‘Weegee’ Fellig, who made his name in NYC in the 30s and 40s often said the secret to taking good documentary photos was: “Simple. […]

Cowal; Thornton entries

Cowal; Thornton entries

With the pipe band and solo piping season upon us, we have two entry forms for bands and solo pipers to download. The first is for the pipe band competitions at Cowal Highland Gathering, which this year takes place on August 31; the other is for Thornton Games (July 6). […]

‘Pitching’ the chanter reed

‘Pitching’ the chanter reed

By David V. Kennedy • From the August 1981 Piping Times. Effective blade lengthThe effective blade length of the chanter reed is that dimension measured from the tip of the blades to the top of the bindings. But some makers will contend (and I am among them) that all the […]

St. Joseph's Pipe Band.

Leinster Championships – results

Ireland’s Leinster Pipe Band Championships took place at Swords Castle on Saturday, May 4, writes our Ireland and Northern Ireland correspondent. The competition, run by the Leinster branch of the Irish Pipe Band Association, was a great success and took place amid beautiful weather. Our chieftain for the day was […]

South Coast Highland Gathering, South Africa

South Coast Highland Gathering, South Africa

The South Coast Highland Gathering took place the weekend before last in Hutchison Park, Amanzimtoti (Toti), KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, writes Ken Mustard of the Durban Regiment Pipe Band. There had been a lot of concern about this year’s event because of the the unusually large amount of rain that […]

It’s a Knockout

Last night, Stuart Liddell prevailed over Gordon McCready in the first heat of the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s current Knockout series for the silver Piping Times Trophy, writes Stuart Letford, Piping Times editor. With two of the world’s finest pipers giving their all you’d expect a packed house. However, the theatre […]

Heat 1 of SPA’s Knockout goes to Liddell

Heat 1 of SPA’s Knockout goes to Liddell

Stuart Liddell won the first heat of the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s Knockout series for the Piping Times Trophy. Stuart, from Inveraray, narrowly defeated Gordon McCready of Renfrew tonight at The National Piping Centre Otago Street, formerly the College of Piping. Stuart is the current holder of the trophy which was […]