We are delighted to announce the brand new “The National Piping Centre, Scotland Challenge Recital” invitational competition, which will take place on Sautrday 25th June in Winchester, Virginia.
The contest will feature Nick Hudson, Dan Lyden, Derek Midgley, Ben McClamrock and Andrew Donlon – all of whom attended the school in the formative years of their piping careers, and now compete at the highest levels of solo and pipe band piping.These players will also be delivering workshops on Sunday 26th June.
This event is part of The National Piping Centre’s annual Virginia Piping School, which this year has two teaching options – 5 days from Wednesday 22nd – Sunday 26th June, or a workshop only package, where students can take workshops with the school tutors, plus these guest instructors.
The event will take place from 7.00pm on Saturday 25th June at the Lee Jackson Best Western Motel in Winchester, VA.
Tickets are now available online here
The final will be held on Saturday 7th May 2016 featuring two of the World’s finest pipers : Stuart Liddell vs John Patrick
The event will be held in the College of Piping Otago St, with the evening starting at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50. There is a full bar service available so please come early for a drink and a chat and to get a good seat.
The winner will receive the Piping Times Trophy which will be presented by editor Stuart Letford together with a substantial cash prize. The runner-up will also receive a substantial cash prize.
McCallum Bagpipes have kindly agreed to sponsor the event which will be recorded by the BBC for transmission at a later date on the Pipeline program.
We are also hoping to once again transmit the contest via Livestream for members and friends who are further afield. Donations via the website would be welcome. www.scottishpipersassociation.co.uk
The Kintyre Piping Society have cancelled the Annual Junior Piping Competition, which was due to take place this Saturday 23rd April, following the passing away of Willie McCallum Senior. They apologise for any inconvenience caused by this decision.
In the latest Scots Guards Knockout, Ross Miller won the second semi-final against Scott Barrie on Sunday 27 March. He will now meet Callum Beaumont on 15 May in the final, 4 pm as usual in the Scots Guards Club, Haymarket, Edinburgh. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door and include a curry served after.
Head along to the Scots Guards Club to see Callum Beaumont play in recital on Sunday 17 April at 4 pm. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door and include a curry served after.
This year Thornton Highland Gathering will be held on Saturday 2nd July . Unfortunately last year had to be cancelled due to the weather. Again this year we will be holding a solo piping contest. Please download the entry form from below.
THG Solo Piping Entry Form – 2016
THG Solo Piping Terms – 2016
The 2nd semi-final will be held on Saturday 2nd April at the College of Piping, Otago St, Glasgow. The pipers in this round are: Stuart Liddell vs Steven Leask.
Join us from 7.00pm for 7.30pm, there is a full bar service available so please come early for a drink and a chat and to get a good seat.
The winner of this will face John Patrick in the final on Saturday 7th May. The SPA are also hoping to transmit the contest via Livestream for our members and friends who are further afield. Donations via our website would be welcome. www.scottishpipersassociation.co.uk
The annual SPA Adult Amateur and Veterans Contest was held on 26th March 2016 at The College of Piping. The results were:
1 Stewart Gaudin
2 Andrew Park
3 Dagmar Pesta
1 Iain MacIntyre
2 Andrew Park
3 Anne Lore
1 Andrew Park
2 Iain MacIntyre
3 Stewart Gaudin
Veterans (slow air & march)
1 Brian Mulhearn
2 Graham Alexander
3 Iain Darroch
Overall (SPA Shield): Andrew Park
Best Slow Air (James Graham Shield): Graham Alexander
Adjudicator : Ronnie MacShannon
This Easter Sunday, 27th March, head along to the Scots Guards Club for the second semi-final of the 2016 Knockout Competition, where Ross Miller will play against Scott Barrie, to see who will play against Callum Moffat in the final. It starts at 4pm, tickets are £10 available on the door with a curry included.
Callum Beaumont will perform a recital at the Scots Guards Club on Sunday 17 April, at 4 pm. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door with a curry after.
Inveraray Highland Games will take place on Tuesday 19th July 2016. Piping Entries are now open.
All entry forms must be received by the Piping Secretaries no later than 19th June 2016, no late entries will be accepted.
Grade B & C competition is limited to the first 25 entries received, a draw will take place after the closing date and if required a reserve list will be used. Competitors not picked in the draw will be notified and refunded through PayPal.
Junior events £3.00
All other events £5.00
Details of all set tune requirements and to enter online are all available here.
We had a great day here at The National Piping Centre on Saturday 19 March 2016, welcoming a fantastic number of competitors to this year’s Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition. This was the 17th annual event, which was set up by Roddy MacLeod, our Principal, who was a pupil of Duncan’s. The event is administered by the Competing Pipers Association, and we want to thank them for their organisation of the day.
Pictured L-R Connor Jardine, Ross McKay and Connor Sinclair.
The results are:
Overall Winner: Charles MacDonald
1 Charles MacDonald
2 Douglas Gardiner
3 Ross Cowan
4 Calum Watson
5 Gavin Ferguson
1 Connor Sinclair
2 Callum Moffat
3 Matt Wilson
4 Kris Coyle
5 Andrew Wilson
1 Connor Jardine
2 Andrew Bova
3 Alex Gehrig
4 Ben Mulhearn
5 Alastair Donaghy
1 Ross MacKay
2 Brighde Chaimbeul
3 Chris Lee
4 Connor Jardine
5 Ciaren Ross
1 Jonathon Simpson
2 Ross Cowan
3 Matt Fraser
4 Calum Watson
5 Brighde Chaimbeul
Thanks to Alistair Sinclair for the photography.