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Tom Peterkin is presented with the Archie Kenneth Quaich by Alan Forbes, Secretary of the Music Committee of The Piobaireachd Society.

Peterkin wins Archie Kenneth Quaich

Tom Peterkin won the 27th Archie Kenneth Quaich, the annual amateur pìobaireachd competition run by The Pìobaireachd Society. Peterkin, who has now won this competition four times, played Melbank’s Salute. 26 competed. The competition took place on February 23 in the historic rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society in […]

The trophy winners at the National Piping Centre's 2019 annual junior piping competition.

NPC Junior Piping Competition results

The National Piping Centre’s 23rd annual junior solo piping competition took place at McPhater Street on February 16. The overall champions were Jaz Scott (chanter), Fraser Hamilton (novice, under 15) and Luke Kennedy (junior). Results: Junior (age 15-17)  Piobaireachd  – 1. Hamish Drennan;  2. Christopher Happs;  3. Gregor MacDonald; 4. […]

Bagad Cap Caval wins Brest 2019

Bagad Cap Caval wins Brest 2019

1st – Bagad Cap Caval – 17,352nd – Bagad Kerlenn Pondi – 17,283rd – Bagad Kemper – 17,224th – Bagad Ar Meilhoù Glaz – 15,975th – Bagad Kevrenn Alré – 15,546th – Bagad Melinerion – 15,057th – Bagad Sonerien Bro Dreger – 15,028th – Bagad Bro Kemperle – 14,899th – […]

Roderick Cannon.

Salute to Roderick Cannon

By Hugh Cheape, MBE Pìobaireachd is not an easy subject but Roderick Cannon was its master. This was his chosen field in the study of the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe and, more particularly, of the type of composition regarded as its ‘classical music’. In spite of the prominence […]

The respiratory stress of playing the bagpipes

By T. M. Gibson (introduced by J. Ernsting). R.A.F. Institute of Aviation Medicine, Farnborough, Hants Pipers contend that playing the bagpipes is extremely strenuous. Cases have been experienced by piping teachers of neophytes fainting while trying to play the pipes. Watson (1972) suggested that hypocapnia caused the faintness. He reported […]

McCallum Bagpipes mark 20 years

McCallum Bagpipes mark 20 years

McCallum Bagpipes celebrated their 20th anniversary with a concert and ceilidh in the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock on October 20, 2018. There were 300 invited guests, and after they were welcomed by Kenny MacLeod and Stuart McCallum, they were treated to music from the Grade 1 Johnstone Pipe Band, folk-rock […]

Arranging tunes with Finlay MacDonald

Arranging tunes with Finlay MacDonald

Finlay MacDonald is Head of Piping Studies BA (Scottish Music — Piping) degree course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has been in demand as a performer and has toured with top Scottish bands such as Deaf Shepherd, Battlefield Band and Old Blind Dogs, and, as well as having […]

Importance of concert pitch B-flat

Importance of concert pitch B-flat

Piper and multi-instrumentalist, Calum MacCrimmon of Scottish folk band Breabach, who were nominated for a BBC Radio 2 ‘Best Band’ Folk award of 2011, talks about the importance of having a concert pitch B-flat chanter. Calum attended Celtic Connections in 2004 as part of The National Youth Pipe Band of […]