Tag: Stuart Letford

Composers enticed with £400 prize from the LBPS

Composers enticed with £400 prize from the LBPS

The Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) has launched a composing competition to mark its 40th anniversary. The winner will receive a cash prize of £400. The LBPS was founded in 1983 at the College of Piping in Glasgow with the twin aims of reviving the music and bagpipes of […]

Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society visit Perth for showcase concert

Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society visit Perth for showcase concert

The Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) will hold its annual conference in Perth next month. Members and non-members are welcome. It will be the first time the 40-year-old piping organisation has held such an event outwith the central belt or the Scottish Borders. The date of the event is […]

A fresh start for pibroch inclusion

A fresh start for pibroch inclusion

The altpibroch website, which has lain dormant since the death of ceòl mòr scholar J. David Hester, has been rebranded and relaunched as The Pibroch Network. The website curates a network of digital resources devoted to the learning, teaching, performance and wider public appreciation of pibroch. Known as The Alt […]

Ghoul in the Cuillin – a cautionary Hallowe’en tale

Ghoul in the Cuillin – a cautionary Hallowe’en tale

It was around 30 years ago one very dark and blustery Hallowe’en night. I shall never forget it. The previous week I had received a letter whilst busy conducting research for my latest book on the Campbell Cainntaireachd (my ninth) and had become bogged down on the intricacies of Gaelic […]

Keep making good friends in your own ‘piping times’

Keep making good friends in your own ‘piping times’

After only two days, the National Piping Centre’s crowdfunder target for the project to digitise the Piping Times and Piping Today magazines has reached one third. It would appear that this campaign is clearly resonating with the piping world. For younger readers, it may be instructive for us to take […]

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 […]

Jimmy McIntosh, an appreciation

Jimmy McIntosh, an appreciation

Jimmy McIntosh, who has just died, will be remembered as a major authority on piobaireachd. Yet, as many will know, Jimmy was quite late coming to the art. He only started to compete seriously when he was in his 40s. He was deeply appreciative of Robert Bell Nicol and Robert […]

The Ballroom of Blair Castle.

Historic Glenfiddich kicks off

The 47th annual Glenfiddich Piping Championships kicks off this morning at 10:00 (GMT). This year’s event will go down in piping history because, due to the coronavirus panedemic, it is being held behind closed doors at its usual venue, Blair Castle in Perthshire, Scotland. Bagpipe.News will be there to record […]