Tag: RSPBA

World Highland Dancing Champions: Juvenile Champion Rosey Watt from MacDuff, Adult Champion Marielle Lesperance from Nova Scotia and Junior Champion Beret Dernbach from California.

Cowal announce live event for 2022

The green shoots of covid recovery are emerging with the Cowal Gathering announcing on February 14 that it will return to Dunoon Stadium in 2022. This follows on from the welcome announcements from the RSPBA and PPBSO over the past few weeks that planning is well underway for a full […]

It’s not the end of the Worlds

It’s not the end of the Worlds

By Stuart Letford for Bagpipe.News The confirmation that the World Pipe Band Championships (as well as the Scottish Pipe Band Championships) will not take place this year, will come as no surprse to the pipe band world. At the very least, it gives us certainty. The news seems to have […]

Kevin Reilly appointed chairman of RSPBA

Kevin Reilly appointed chairman of RSPBA

Kevin Reilly was appointed chairman of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting yesterday. The meeting was held remotely using videoconference software due to ongoing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 60 member bands were represented and it took one and a half hours to […]

Embelton to leave the RSPBA

Embelton to leave the RSPBA

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the RSPBA, is to retire at the end of November. The 69-year-old informed the organisation’s Board of Directors today. Embelton, pictured, has been Chief Executive for almost 20 years. The RSPBA said today in a statement: “Ian had originally intended to retire after the World […]

Financial support for RSPBA / Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping

Financial support for RSPBA / Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association is one of the cultural organisations in Scotland to to be offered financial support while they remain affected by lockdown restrictions. The Scottish Government announced a £10m funding package yesterday to help the events sector recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding streams will […]

Perth & District Pipe Band about to compete at the British Pipe Band Championships in 2016.

Composing contest for Juveniles

The deadline is approaching for entries to the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s 6/8 march composing competition. The competition is being held to mark the RSPBA’s 90th anniversary. The competition is for juvenile pipers and drummers. Entry is open to those who through their pipe band have registered with the […]

RSPBA: OSCR closes its file

RSPBA: OSCR closes its file

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has confirmed to bagpipe.news that it will not proceed with a formal inquiry into the financial affairs the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.” Its spokesman, Ian Grieve said in a statement: “‘OSCR has reviewed the requested information provided by the charity and […]

That was 2019 – and Happy New Year to you!

That was 2019 – and Happy New Year to you!

By Stuart Letford (for bagpipe.news) I don’t know about you but that was a quick year. It does not seem like nearly a year since I sat in  The Mackintosh Church in Maryhill, Glasgow to enjoy the ‘Seinn Air A ‘Phiob’ show held during Celtic Connections.  All too soon, the […]

Trevor Dear, 1939-2019

Trevor Dear, 1939-2019

Trevor Dear, a long-term and well respected RSPBA judge, has died. He was 79 and died yesterday in hospital. Dear was an RSPBA adjudicator for many years, retiring after the 2014 season when he reached 75. On retiring he was made an Honorary Life Member of the RSPBA. Prior to […]