Tag: Willie McCallum

Learn from world class tutors at the Surrey Piping School

Learn from world class tutors at the Surrey Piping School

On announcing the Surrey Piping School last week, The National Piping Centre was inundated with requests asking which tutors would be attending. This afternoon they have announced the current Glenfiddich champion and record holder, Willie McCallum as one of the tutors. Willie will be accompanied by the Director of Piping […]

Winter Storm concert free to view on Facebook

Winter Storm concert free to view on Facebook

The Winter Storm weekend came to a conclusion on Saturday, January 14, with a spectacular concert line-up of top class piping and drumming performers. The concert programme lists them as: Alastair Lee; Roddy MacLeod; Callum Beaumont; Dollar Academy Pipe Band; Craig Muirhead; Matt MacIsaac; Stephen Creighton; Jake Jørgensen; Reid Maxwell; […]

Top quality YouTube content from The Piping Show and the Glenfiddich

Top quality YouTube content from The Piping Show and the Glenfiddich

The most recent episode from The Piping Show features two-time Glenfiddich winner Finlay Johnstone being interviewed by National Piping Centre tutor, and Gold Medal winner, Wilson Brown. Wilson’s questions about Finlay’s humility and self-criticism give an interesting insight into the mind of a top prize-winning piper, and perhaps highlights some […]

Look back to Willie McCallum interview in Piping Today magazine

Look back to Willie McCallum interview in Piping Today magazine

Piping Today #71, 2014. Willie McCallum is one of the piping world’s true greats. The music he makes is universally admired and reliably, over the course of his lifetime, he has performed at the most precise and astonishingly highest levels of sustained excellence.  In the solo piping world he’s won […]

Tickets available for the Glenfiddich Piping Championship on October 29

Tickets available for the Glenfiddich Piping Championship on October 29

Ten of the world’s greatest solo pipers will compete in this year’s Glenfiddich Piping Championship, as the renowned competition returns to the spectacular Blair Castle on Saturday, October 29. Competing this year are defending champion Jack Lee, Dollar’s Callum Beaumont, Glasgow-based Canadian piper Glenn Brown, Jamie Forrester from London, Canadian […]

The Glenfiddich Championship 2022 pipers and tickets

The Glenfiddich Championship 2022 pipers and tickets

The 49th Glenfiddich Piping Championship will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2022. The event is held annually at Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, Perthshire, and is organised by The National Piping Centre and funded through the William Grant Foundation. The 2022 competitors have been chosen from the list of […]

Power move practice with Willie McCallum

Power move practice with Willie McCallum

On day 21 of the February Piping Challenge Willie McCallum taught practice techniques for the grip, taorluath and rodin. Willie emphasised the need to play them slowly, rhythmically and accurately before building speed, and played though demonstrations of each movement on his chanter. Willie’s video can be viewed again here on […]

Stellar lineup for 2020  Glenfiddich

Stellar lineup for 2020 Glenfiddich

The 10 invitees to compete at the 2020 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships have been confirmed. The pipers who will take to the stage – and, in brackets, the number of times they have won the overall title – are: • Finlay Johnston (2)• Callum Beaumont • Jack Lee (2)• Roddy […]

Simon McKerrell: What’s the story?

Simon McKerrell: What’s the story?

By Simon McKerrell At this time of the year, most pipers around the globe are busy learning the tunes they’ll play during next year’s competition season. Band and solo competitors are working hard on mastering the music, working on the the technical improvements in their playing and hopefully, as my […]