SPA Knock-Out 2016 Round 1

The Scottish Pipers’ Association are pleased to announce that the first in our series of Knock-out contests will held be on Saturday 7th November 2015 at the College of Piping, Otago Street, Glasgow, at 7.30pm.

There are 8 competitors in the series and the ultimate winner will receive the “Piping Times” Trophy and a cash prize.

There will be a full bar service available for what promises to be a great evening as the two pipers are:
Finlay Johnston and John Patrick.

Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Piping Championship 2015

Captain John A. MacLellan MBESaturday 14th of November 2015.
Now in it’s third year, this Competition is hosted by the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming and is endorsed by the Competing Pipers Association. Open to CPA Members of all grades, the winner of the P/A grade Piobaireachd will be invited to play at the 2016 Captain John MacLellan Memorial Trust Dinner in the Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, in August.

Prizes across the grades reflect the status of the contest, with a specially struck bronze medal, a replica of the ASBM&HD Memorial Cairn and a Regimental pipe banner in the pattern Captain MacLellan would have worn, being awarded across the events.

Online entry is now open via and spectators are very welcome.

Balmoral Classic 2015

November 20-21, 2015. Ninth Annual Balmoral Classic (, the US Junior Solo Bagpiping and Solo Snare Drumming Championships (21 years of age or younger). No citizenship requirements. Deadline for submitting an entry is October 26.

Piping Judges: Dr. Bill Wotherspoon, Bill Livingstone, Duncan Bell.
Drumming judges: Gordon Bell, Donald Bell.

Among the many prizes are new sets of McCallum and David Naill Bagpipes donated by the manufacturers, and an HTS800 Premier Snare drum donated by Henderson Imports of Traverse City, MI.

Piping entry forms available at: .
Drumming entry forms available at:

The event also includes a Friday evening welcoming reception with music by Road to the Isles, Scottish Country Dancing, musical selections by the judges, a silent auction and refreshments, and a Saturday evening concert featuring Alasdair Fraser (Scottish fiddle) and Natalie Haas (cello).

Contact: ; 412 323-2707

The Archie Kenneth Quaich Competition 2016

The twenty-fourth annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 5th March 2016, in the rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society, 127 Rose Street Lane South, Edinburgh, starting at 10am.

Entries and enquiries to Alan Forbes, 24 Garscube Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 6BN. Tel: 0131-337 4094 or e-mail:

Competitors should submit two tunes with their entries, one of which they will be asked to play. Competitors may not submit any tune with which they have previously won first prize in the competition.

Conditions for eligibility are as follows:

  1. Competitors must be aged twenty or over.
  2. Competitors must be amateur pipers.
  3. In particular, the following are not eligible:
    • holders of the Army School of Piping’s Pipe Major Certificate;
    • anyone who has won a prize in open competition or who has, within the past five years, taken part in open competition;
    • anyone who has taken part in public recitals with professional players.
  4. Anyone in doubt about their eligibility to play should contact the competition organiser for advice.

Please note the following change to previous arrangements:
In the event that there are significantly more than 25 entries the competition may be run as two heats with a final of three or four from each heat, the finalists being required to play the tunes not chosen for them in the heats. This is to enable as many competitors as possible to take part.

KPS Springbank Invitational Winners 2015

Stuart Liddell won the KPS Springbank Invitational 2015.


  1. Stuart Liddell
  2. Willie McCallum
  3. Roddy MacLeod
  4. Angus MacColl

March, Strathspey & Reel

  1. Angus MacColl
  2. Willie McCallum
  3. Stuart Liddell
  4. Iain Speirs

6/8 March

  1. Angus MacColl
  2. Dougie Murray
  3. Niall Stewart
  4. Willie McCallum

Hornpipe & Jig

  1. Callum Beaumont
  2. Angus MacColl
  3. Stuart Liddell
  4. Willie McCallum

SPSL CLASP 2015 – Entries

Entries for the Scottish Piping Society of London CLASP are now open and will close on 1st of October.
Please enter online here.

Please note that the Grade 3 Piobaireachd Ground will no longer be allocated points. However, there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals award at the prize giving.
This event is open to anyone who is graded 3 for Piobaireachd, and for competitors who are not confident to compete in the full Piobaireachd competition.
This change aligns the Grade 3 competition with all the other grades in relation to balance of points.

Cowal Highland Gathering Solos 2015

A Piobaireachd

  1. Jamie Forrester
  2. James MacHattie
  3. Jori Chisholm
  4. Derek Midgley
  5. Alasdair Henderson

A Grade March

  1. Alasdair Henderson
  2. Andrew Carlisle
  3. Ben Duncan
  4. Gordon McCready
  5. Derek Midgley

A Grade Sthrathspey & Reel

  1. Alasdair Henderson
  2. Alastair Lee
  3. Gordon McCready
  4. James McHattie
  5. Jonathan Greenlees

B Grade March

  1. Sandy Cameron
  2. Calum Watson
  3. Keith Bowes
  4. Ursa Beckford
  5. Jonathan Lamberton

B Grade Strathspey & Reel

  1. Calum Watson
  2. Krys Coyle
  3. C. MacDougall
  4. A. Wilson
  5. J. Dicker