Scots Guards Junior Piping Competition 2014 Results

The Scots Guards Junior solo Piping competition was held at the Army School of Piping 22 November and the results were:

Under 15 Piobaireachd

  1. Robbie Maciisac
  2. Finlay Cameron
  3. Gavin Davidson
  4. Lewis Russell

Under 15 March

  1. Robbie Maciisac
  2. Gavin Davidson
  3. Lewis Russell
  4. Finlay Cameron

Under 15 Strathspey & Reel

  1. Calum Davidson
  2. Lewis Russell
  3. Robbie Maciisac
  4. Brodie Watson-Massie

Under 18 Piobaireachd

  1. Ewan Murray
  2. Brighde Chambeul
  3. Donald Stewart
  4. Taylor Townsley

Under 18 MSR

  1. Brighde Chambeul
  2. Joshua Townsley
  3. Donald Stewart
  4. Ewan Murray

Jig Competition

  1. Joshua Townsley
  2. Taylor Townsley
  3. Bethany Hanley

TripAdvisor US Article featuring The National Piping Centre

How one property got 40 reviews overnight

What one GM learned at a TripAdvisor seminar that had a dramatic impact on her business.

The National Piping Centre in Glasgow is Scotland’s home of bagpiping. It’s also home to The Pipers’ Tryst – an adjoining eight room hotel and restaurant. General Manager Gemma Cannon recently took some time from her hectic schedule at The Pipers’ Tryst to attend a TripAdvisor seminar. What she learned dramatically changed her business.

“We always thought we were using TripAdvisor in a proactive way. We knew how to write back to customers and say thank you, or to give our side of the story in a positive manner that reflects our business. But I had no idea about Review Express,” says Cannon. Review Express is a free tool that makes it easy to send recent visitors an email invitation to write a review on TripAdvisor.

After the seminar, Cannon and her team pulled together email addresses of guests who had stayed at The Pipers’ Tryst during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. They sent a Review Express campaign to those guests, reminding them to write reviews. No one on Cannon’s team could have predicted the result:

“Overnight we gained 40 reviews. Before that we were getting one a fortnight – we only have eight rooms, after all. We didn’t realize that Review Express, with just a few clicks, would have such an impact. We always enjoyed ranking highly in the budget hotel category on TripAdvisor, which made us very proud. But now, of all hotels in the city, we’re number 11. We were all very surprised but delighted as well.”

A property’s first Review Express email campaign is often sent to a large group of past visitors and receives a substantial amount of reviews in response. After that, businesses tend to settle into more regular schedules – ideally sending Review Express campaigns once per week. This helps them drive a smaller but steadier number of reviews over time. Moving forward, Cannon plans to use Review Express on a regular basis to contact recent visitors and collect their reviews.
How reviews are used

Cannon and her team are always looking for ways to deliver the best of Scottish hospitality to guests – from the Scottish food and whiskey to the décor to the musical education. Reviews are a big part of that. Cannon says, “First we read the reviews and understand what people have written. We reflect back to the occasion they’re talking about. We try get back to them quickly with feedback, typically within two to four days. Then we take the reviews back to our management team meeting and use them to drive change.”

The Pipers’ Tryst is a non-profit organization and registered charity. Gains made from the hotel and restaurant are used to fund the musical education side of the business. Since money is tight for improvements on the hospitality side, Cannon and her team use the guests’ feedback to help prioritize the most important ones.
Reviews and bookings

The Pipers’ Tryst saw a 65% increase in bookings in August 2014 over the previous year. While this change can be partially attributed to events in the area like the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, Cannon also attributes the success to Review Express: “There’s an awful lot happening in Glasgow City Center, but Review Express has helped put us on the map as a good little independent business to visit. As a small company, it’s a great tool to have. It was quick and it helped.”

“We didn’t realize that Review Express, with just a few clicks, would have such an impact.” – General Manager Gemma Cannon, The Pipers’ Tryst

Scots Guards Club Knockout 2015

Here are the dates for the first round of the 2015 edition of the Scots Guards Knockout competition:

  • Sunday 16th November 2014: Steven Gray v Greig Canning
  • Sunday 7th December 2014: Sarah Muir v Callum Moffat
  • Sunday 22nd February 2015: Greg Wilson v Scott Barrie
  • Sunday 15th March 2015: Craig Sutherland v Angus MacColl Jr.

Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2014 Results

Stuart Liddell won the 2014 edition of the Glenfiddich Piping Championship.

Overall

  1. Stuart Liddell
  2. Bruce Gandy
  3. Roddy MacLeod

Piobaireachd

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

March, Strathspey & Reel

  1. Niall Stewart
  2. Stuart Liddell
  3. Willie McCallum
  4. Bruce Gandy
  5. Dougie Murray

Live Stream of Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2014

On Saturday 25th October 2014 The Glenfiddich Piping Championship will once again be live streamed via the internet. The championship is the most prestigious solo piping competition on the annual piping calendar and sees the world’s top solo pipers perform in Piobaireachd and March, Strathspey & Reel events.

The organisers have once again teamed up with Glasgow based digital media company Inner Ear to bring you the music live from Blair Castle to your living room!

The pipers who have qualified to take part in the competition for 2014 are:

  • Bruce Gandy
  • Jack Lee
  • Stuart Liddell
  • Willie McCallum
  • Angus MacColl
  • Gordon McCready
  • Roddy MacLeod
  • Douglas Murray
  • Iain Speirs
  • Niall Stewart

In addition to full coverage of all of the performances, the Balvenie Medal presentation and the prize giving, the live stream will also be talking to some of the regular attendees and organisers of the event to find out what the competition means to the piping community.

The live stream will be hosted on The National Piping Centre’s LiveStream page from 10am British Time

Springbank Invitational Piping Competition 2014

Stuart Liddell winner of the 2014 Springbank Invitational Piping Competition

Stuart Liddell winner of the 2014 Springbank Invitational Piping Competition

1st Overall – Stuart Liddell
2nd Overall – Angus MacColl

Piobaireachd

  1. Stuart Liddell
  2. Roddy MacLeod
  3. Iain Speirs
  4. Callum Beaumont

March Strathspey & Reel

  1. Angus MacColl
  2. Willie McCallum
  3. Roddy MacLeod
  4. Callum Beaumont

Hornpipe & Jig

  1. Angus MacColl
  2. Gordon Walker
  3. Stuart Liddell
  4. Willie McCallum

The Archie Kenneth Quaich Competition 2015

The twenty-third annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 7th March 2015, 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: alan.forbes@btinternet.com

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:
    1. holders of the Army School of Piping’s Pipe Major Certificate;
    2. anyone who has won a prize in open competition or who has, within the past five years, taken part in open competition;
    3. 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.

There will be a maximum of twenty-five competitors selected on a first come first served basis.