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Boghall & Bathgate's Grade 1 band having a practice at Otago Street in august 2017.

Worlds: free band practice facilities

Would your pipe band benefit from having some practice facilities in Glasgow in the run up to the World Pipe Band Championships? The National Piping Centre Otago Street is offering bands free space at the premises each day from Monday 12 to Friday 16 on a first come, first served […]

Draw for the Scottish

Draw for the Scottish

The draw and times for the Scottish Pipe Band Championships, the last ‘major’ before the Worlds are: Grade 1 – 1. 14:45 Inveraray and District; 2. 14:55 Johnstone; 3. 15:05 Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland; 4. 15:15 Police Scotland Fife; 5. 15:25 Scottish Power; 6. […]

Beinn An Turic Kintyre Pipe Band competing yesterday at Helensburgh.

Helensburgh results

Helensburgh pipe band competition took place yesterday (23rd) amid dull but warm conditions. The results were: Grade 1 – 1. Johnstone Pipe Band. Grade 2 – 1. Uddingston Strathclyde (G2); 2. Johnstone Pipe Band (G3); 3. Beinn An Turic Kintyre Pipe Band. Grade 3 – 1. Johnstone Pipe Band (G3); […]

Massed bands at today's Edinburgh Pipe Band Championships.

Boghall wins Edinburgh

The results from today’s pipe band competition held in good weather conditions in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, are: Grade 1 – 1. Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia; 2. The Glasgow Skye Association; 3. Portlethen & District. Grade 2 – 1. George Watson’s College, Juvenile; 2. […]

Power wins Lochore

Power wins Lochore

Conditions yesterday at Lochore in Fife were sunny but windy, which made tuning difficult. The results were: Grade 1 – 1. Scottish Power; 2. Glasgow Police. Grade 2 – 1. The Highlanders (4 SCOTS); 2. MacKenzie Caledonian; 3. Arbroath, A; 4. Mesa Caledonian, USA;. Grade 3 – 1. MacKenzie Caledonian; […]

Liam Brown, left, and Allan Russell.

Russell and Brown overall at Drumtochty

Drumtochty Games took place yesterday in the Aberdeenshire village near Stonehaven. Conditions were cool but stable. RESULTS: Open March – 1. Allan Russell; 2. Calum Brown; 3. Jeffrey Lawson;Strathspey & Reel – 1. Allan Russell; 2. Calum Brown; 3. Jeffrey Lawson. Under 18March – 1. Liam Brown; 2. Jake Robertson; […]

Closkelt Drum Major Erinn McIlwaine and Pipe Major David Chesney.

Closkelt wins Antrim

The results of the Antrim and Newtonabbey Borough Pipe Band Championships which took place today at Antrim Castle Gardens are: Grade 1 (MSR) – 1. Closkelt (G2); 2. Police Service of Northern Ireland; 3. Ravara (G2).Best drum corps: Police Service of Northern Ireland.Judges: Harry Stevenson and Colin Moffett (piping); Ciaran […]

Piping Live! workshop initiative

Piping Live! workshop initiative

An exciting new learning/workshop initiative will be a feature at this year’s Piping Live! Learn@Live! will take place over two days – Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 August at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It will be two full days of workshops looking at topics and genres across the spectrum […]

Recitals’ family theme

Recitals’ family theme

The recitalists who will play at PipingLive!’s popular recitals this year have been announced. As last year, both of The National Piping Centre’s campuses – at MacPhater Strreet and Otago Street (the former College of Piping) – are being utilised. The Lunchtime Recitals take place at 1.00pm at MacPhater Street […]

Cameron MacFadyen: Skye high

Cameron MacFadyen: Skye high

By Cameron MacFadyen Skye Highland Games has been held in Portree for nigh-on 150 years, with piping being a constant and important feature but it is improbable to think that there was no competitive piping before that. Given the importance of patronage by the various clan chiefs towards piping and […]