Tag: Finlay MacDonald

NPC launches crowdfunder to digitise its magazines

NPC launches crowdfunder to digitise its magazines

The National Piping Centre (NPC) today launches a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to protect the legacy of its two magazines, the Piping Times and Piping Today. The two-strand project involves the digitisation of the magazines’ archive – a resource that will be free to access online – and the […]

Donald Drone on pipeline / SFU’s

Donald Drone on pipeline / SFU’s

• Our thanks go once again to the indefatigable Iain Bell for this month’s Donald Drone cartoon strip. Kevin MacLean of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band sent us this video of the Canadian Grade 1 band’s latest virtual recording. The band recently recorded Finlay MacDonald’s composition for his son, Elliot […]

Stuart Letford reviews the Duncan Johnstone Memorial recital

Stuart Letford reviews the Duncan Johnstone Memorial recital

By Stuart Letford Duncan Johnstone wasn’t really one for competitions – his 1964 victory in the Scottish Pipers’ Association’s Knockout series was pretty much his only foray into solo piping contests. As he put himself, “I was never interested in whether I could beat this man or the next. I […]

Piping Live! online for 2021  … with possible in-person gigs

Piping Live! online for 2021 … with possible in-person gigs

This year’s Glasgow International Piping Festival – Piping Live! will go ahead from August 7-15. With the success of the reduced programme last year, this year will see the livestreaming and premiering of as many events as possible across the nine days of the festival. However, with the Scottish Government […]

Duncan Johnstone celebration recital to be broadcast

Duncan Johnstone celebration recital to be broadcast

A new event to celebrate the life and works of Duncan Johnstone, the influential piper, teacher and composer, took place in early March at the National Piping Centre (NPC) in Glasgow, Scotland. The event was recorded at the National Piping Centre in strict adherence to all Scottish Government social distancing […]

‘Pipers’ new edition / PPBSO contests going online for 2020

A new edition of Willie Donaldson’s book, Pipers will be published in July. The book was first published in Great Britain in 2005 by Birlinn, the Edinburgh-based publishing company that’s also behind the new edition. The book – its full title is Pipers: A Guide to the Players and Music […]

Iain MacDonald, 1950-2020

Iain MacDonald, 1950-2020

Iain MacDonald, one of Scotland’s greatest ambassadors for its piping and culture, died this morning. He was 70 and had been in hospital for a few weeks with various health issues. Iain was born in Glasgow to parents who were born on Great Bernera, just off the Isle of Lewis. […]

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 […]