After many years as the most successful competing piper in history, Donald MacPherson is selling his pipes.
Donald MacPherson needs no introduction to pipers anywhere. He is quite simply the most successful solo competing piper in history. His competitive record is outstanding.
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The prestigious Junior Solo Piping Competitions held at the Northern Meeting will this year be on Saturday 8th September and will, for the first time, be open to all applicants.
In the past, these competitions have been restricted to competitors from the Highland counties of Scotland but the Northern Meeting wishes to hold a junior competition which is of a similar standing to its senior competitions by making it open to all.
There will be Piobaireachd and March, Strathspey and Reel competitions for two age groups – under 15 and under 18. The competitions will be held at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, as before.
There will be a wide range of attractive trophies and prizes, including silver mounted practice chanters for the winners of the under 18 competitions.
Applications should be made before 30 June 2012 on the form provided on the Northern Meeting website at www.piping.northern-meeting.org (click on ‘Junior Competition’). Any other enquiries should be addressed to the secretary, Alison Harbison: email@example.com
Convener, Northern Meeting Piping Competitions
The CPA plan to honour the memory of Jimmie McGregor by running an annual educational seminar. The first of these will be on Sunday the 6th May from 1 – 5 pm, in the Scots Guards Club in Edinburgh. The topic will be piobaireachd – and the focus will be on how judges perform their important and difficult task – namely sorting out the most musical performance at a competition.
John Wilson and Jack Taylor will lead the session. A selection of players will play tunes and an open discussion, where all can feed back (including the audience) will lead to a highly interactive and enjoyable session.
There will be a bar and a snack lunch available. The event will be recorded and made available to all CPA members throughout the world on the internet.
Kintyre Juvenile Pipe Band Association presents CONCERTS & CEILIDH
Featuring Kintyre Schools Pipe Bands and guests with M.C. John Wilson
Saturday 10th March 2012 at Campbeltown Grammar School
Matinee Concert at 2pm (doors 1pm) including teas and coffees
Evening Concert & Ceilidh at 8pm (doors 7pm) With the Kinloch Ceilidh Band
All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their own parents
Tickets available from:
Yorkshire Building Society, Longrow South, Campbeltown
Afternoon Concert: £6 (concessions available)
Evening Concert & Ceilidh: £12 (no concessions)
In October 2010, Bucksburn & District Pipe Band, Aberdeen performed alongside top Grade 1 Pipe Band, Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia, to hold what the North-east of Scotland can only describe as one of the greatest events to take place in pipe band history for over 20 years.
Following its phenomenal success, Bucksburn and District will be holding their second concert on the 10th March 2012, and will, again, perform alongside a top Grade 1 Pipe Band, Inveraray and District.
The concert, which is one of the biggest undertakings that Bucksburn & District Pipe Band tackle, hopes that after attracting a sell-out crowd at “Fired Up!” last year, they will be able to echo that success with this concert.
Gus McAskill, Bucksburn Band President, says “It’s great to have such an event like this again here in Aberdeen. To secure a top class Grade one pipe band as talented as Inveraray & District is wonderful, not only for Bucksburn Pipe Band, but for the whole of the North East. Inveraray & District are a fantastic band with very talented players and are guided by 2 of the best in the business, Pipe Major Stuart Liddell and Leading Drummer Steven McWhirter.”
Mr. McAskill added, “Fired Up” not only inspired Bucksburn Pipe Band to continue with this venture, it also brought a community spirit within the North East Pipe Bands, a feeling and venture that must continue and will keep the interest and excitement going within the North East Pipe Band world”.
It takes place at Aberdeen Music Hall on Saturday 10th March, 7.30pm. Tickets are £17 and are available from http://www.boxofficeaberdeen.com/prod-productions_details.asp?VenueID=88&pid=2885
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On Sunday 11th December, Jenny Hazzard won the knockout against John Mulhearn. The next event is Sunday 15th January 2012, at Scots Guards Club in Haymarket, Edinburgh. The tie is between Alasdair Henderson and Keith Bowes. Tickets are£10 and include supper.
The Arbroath & District Musical (Competitive) Festival Association will hold the Solo Piping and Drumming competition on Saturday 3rd March 2012.
The event is to take place at Arbroath Academy. Entries close on 6th February.
The adjudicators for 2012 are: Gordon Bruce and Finlay Johnston, piping; David Ross and Fiona Wilson, drumming.
The Scots Guards Club Knockout contest on Sunday 4th December was a close callwith Glenn Brown narrowly defeating Andrea Boyd. The next event will take place on Sunday 11th December with Jenny Hazzard playing against John Mulhearn. It starts at 4pm, £10 ticket with a meal included.
Wonderful opportunity for a Gap Student to spend 12 months involved with the development of The SCOTS PGC College Pipes and Drums, Warwick, Queensland Australia.
This position is primarily for a snare drummer. Experience in tenor/bass would be advantageous.
CVs with covering letter to Pipe Band Master Sandy Dalziel at:
Please also contact him directly with any questions on this opportunity.
Applications by Friday 20 January 2012