Scots Guards Junior Competition – Entries now Open

The Scots Guards Association Pipers Branch are now accepting entries for their Junior Solo Piping Competition which will take place on Saturday 19 November 2016 10am. It will be held at the Army School of Piping, Inchdewar House, Colinton Road, by Redford Barracks, Edinburgh

Download the entry form below and return it to the address listed. Entries close on Monday 7th November.

Scots Guards Entry form 2016

New Staff members at The National Piping Centre

The National Piping Centre is delighted to announce that Wilson Brown and Dan Nevans have been appointed as piping teachers replacing David Wilton and Clare Lynas. Wilson Brown is a Gold Medallist and also played for many years in the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band under the leadership of Iain MacLellan. After taking a 20 year break from solo piping during which time Wilson developed his career in the police service – rising to the rank of Chief Inspector – he has made a return to the solo platform most recently competing in the Senior Piobaireachd and Clasp events at Oban and Inverness. Dan Nevans is a music graduate from the BA Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde and a member of the Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band having won the worlds with them in 2015. Dan is also developing his career in solo piping and gaining prizes on the circuit.

Stuart Samson has indicated his desire to retire as lead tutor of the BA traditional Music -Piping course which the Centre delivers in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Stuart is a highly respected figure and has been responsible for guiding many of our graduates to reach their potential in piping. We will miss his strong influence and wish him and his wife Wanda well in their new adventure.

We can confirm that Willie McCallum has been appointed as the successor to Stuart in this role and will start with us at the end of September. We needed to find someone with a tremendous profile in piping to take on where Stuart left off and Willie McCallum brings exactly that to the table. Willie is without doubt one of the most successful and highly respected figures in piping today and so we are sure that his input will be a positive force for the future success of the degree programme. Willie’s list of successes in solo piping are too numerous to mention in this short release but perhaps the most impressive is his 8 time winning of the Glenfiddich Piping Championship – an outstanding record.

In addition to Willie McCallum we are further strengthening the team with Ross Ainslie who will join the team on a part-time basis as a tutor for the degree and HNC programmes. Ross is one of Scotland’s most accomplished and successful performing musicians with a flair for composition. Prestigious industry recognition has come in the form of a multitude of award nominations, nomination for Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 and 2016, nomination for Best Duo with Jarlath Henderson in 2014. He’s also received nods at the Scots Trad Music Awards with various nominations,nominated for Instrumentalist of the year in 2010,nominated for Live Act of the year with Jarlath Henderson in 2008 and with Treacherous Orchestra in 2009 and 2010,
nominated for Album of the year in 2013,Treacherous Orchestra won Album of the year and Ross also was Composer of the year in 2015.

We look forward to welcoming Willie and Ross in the near future, and are delighted that Wilson and Dan are now in place and teaching with us here at The National Piping Centre

Northern Meetings – Congratulations Finlay Johnston!

The Northern Meetings were held in Eden Court Theatre on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September. It was a fantastic 2 days of competition, and we are delighted that our tutor Finlay Johnston won the Clasp for previous winners of a Highland Society of London Gold Medal. It was his first attempt since winning the Gold Medal last year.

We also extend our congratulations to Ian K. MacDonald, who was only the 12th person to complete an historic double Gold Medal win, claiming both the Oban and Inverness Gold medals this year.

The full results are:

The Clasp
1st Finlay Johnston – Lament for Hugh
2nd Iain Speirs
3rd Jack Lee
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Angus D. MacColl
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Stuart Samson, Andrew Wright

Highland Society of London Gold Medal
1st Ian K. MacDonald – Mary’s Praise
2nd Sean McKeown
3rd Cameron Drummond
4th Andrew Carlisle
5th Faye Henderson
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Ronnie McShannon, John Wilson

Silver Medal
1st Connor Sinclair – I Am Proud to Play a Pipe
2nd Craig Sutherland
3rd Sarah Muir
4th Stuart Easton
5th Alex Gandy
Judges: Archie McLean, Bob Worrall, Bill Wotherspoon

Silver Star MSR
1st Angus MacColl
2nd Willie MacCallum
3rd Niall Stewart
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Gordon Walker
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Ian Duncan, Iain Morrison

A-Grade MSR
1st Neil Walker
2nd Alasdair Henderson
3rd Callum Beaumont
4th Craig Sutherland
5th Jenny Hazzard
Judges: Bruce Hitchings, Iain MacLellan, Tom Speirs

B-Grade MSR
1st Nick Hudson
2nd Connor Sinclair
3rd Dan Lyden
4th Ursa Beckford
5th Andrew Hall
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Iain MacFadyen, Archie McLean

Premier & A-Grade Hornpipe & Jig
1st Angus D. MacColl
2nd Alex Gandy
3rd Alasdair Henderson
4th Ian K. MacDonald
5th Jenny Hazzard
Judges: Iain MacLellan, Iain Morrison, Bob Worrall

B-Grade Hornpipe & Jig
1st Ben Duncan
2nd Callum Watson
3rd Matt Wilson
4th Stuart Easton
5th Nick Hudson
Judges: Ian Duncan, John Wilson

Tynecastle Schools – Snare Drummer Instructor Wanted

The Tynecastle Schools Pipe Band Support Group seeks a drumming instructor (snare) with experience of working with young people, preferably in a school setting, to provide tuition at Tynecastle High School and feeder primary schools. 4. 5 hours per week. There may be potential for the role to expand.  If you are interested in the role please send your CV by email to the Chairman Brian Robson by Sunday 11th September.


Scottish Piping Society of London – Annual Competition – Entries Open

The Scottish Piping Society of London is delighted to announce that entries are now being taken for its Annual Competition which this year will take place on Saturday November 5th at the Kensington Conference Centre, London.

Entries will be accepted via email or post. Due to issues with the SPSL website entries will NOT be accepted via the website.

Closing date for entries September 30th 2016

Entry fee of £40 to cover all events entered. Juvenile entry is free.

Payment of entry fees is preferred in advance by direct bank transfer or via paypal (details on request). In exceptional situations entry fees can be paid on the day.

Tunes selected will be provided to pipers in final tuning

Premier grade events
1. Piobaireachd: Am Bratach Gorm (7 tunes to be submitted with entry)

2. Piobaireachd: William Gillies Cup (6 tunes to be submitted with entry) (NB: the Gillies Cup is also open to A grade pipers)

3. MSR: London Medallion & John MacFadyen Quaich (6 of each tune to be submitted with entry, TWO of each to be played)

4. March: PM JB Robertson Silver Rose Bowl (6 of each to be submitted with entry, selected tune to be played ONCE). (NB: the March competition result does NOT contribute to the overall prize).

5. Hornpipe & Jig: Mary Flora Beaton Cup (3 of each to be submitted with entry)
A grade events
1. Piobaireachd: RG Lawrie Rams Horn Snuff Mull (submit 6 tunes on the day)

2. MSR: Strachan Memorial (submit 4 of each on the day)

3. Hornpipe & Jig: Donald Forbes Medal (own choice)
B grade events
1. Piobaireachd: John Roe Plate (submit 4 tunes on the day)

2. MSR: London Scottish Hodden Grey Trophy (submit 3 of each on the day)

3. Hornpipe & Jig: Hugh MacMillan Trophy (own choice)
C grade events
1. Piobaireachd: National Piping Centre Trophy (submit 3 tunes on the day)

2. MSR: PM Robert Crabb BEM Trophy (submit 3 of each on the day)

3. Hornpipe & Jig: Trophy (own choice)
Juvenile events
1. Piobaireachd: (own choice)

2. MSR: British Airways Pipe Band Trophy (own choice)

3. Slow Air & Jig: Highlands & Islands Society Trophy (own choice)
Clasp events will all be administered via the CLASP website.

Entry criteria
1. Follows the established grading system. E.g., those graded B for light music by the CPA will be expected to play in the B grade light music.

2. The Bratach Gorm is open only to gold medal winners or previous winners of the Gillies Cup at London.

3. Formers winners of London events since 2009 will be expected to play in the next level event at London.

4. Winners from the 2016 events at the Argyllshire Gathering or Northern Meeting will be expected to play in the next level event at London.

5. Please contact the SPSL committee for any uncertainty on which events to enter.
Entry to be sent:
via email to

via post to
Andrew Hall
11 Beech Ave
G41 5BY

For payment details please email Andrew Hall.

Northern Meeting 2016 CLASP Draw

Northern Meetings – Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers – 2nd September 2016
Starting time – 9.30 AM Sharp
Venue – Eden Court Theatre
Room – Jim Love Studio

Grade 3 Piobaireachd

  • George McCall
  • Robert Thomson
  • Neil Mitchell
  • Stewart Allan

Grade 2 – Piobaireachd

  • Aaron Yeung
  • Janette Greenwood
  • Colin Brown

Grade 1 – Piobaireachd

  • Ian Graham
  • Stuart Peters
  • Stephen Ross

Northern Meetings – Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers
Starting time – After Piobaireachd Events
Venue – Eden Court Theatre
Room – Jim Love Studio

Grade 3 – 2/4 March Competition/Strathspey and Reel Competition

  • George McCall
  • Robert Thomson

Grade 2 – 2/4 March Competition/Strathspey and Reel Competition

  • Aaron Yeung
  • Neil Mitchell
  • Stewart Allan
  • Stephen Ross
  • Colin Brown

Grade 1 – 2/4 March Competition/Strathspey and Reel Competition

  • Ian Graham
  • Janette Greenwood
  • Stuart Peters

Prizes Announced

CLASP – World Amateur Solo Piping Championships

The CLASP World Amateur Solo Piping Championships took place during Piping Live! 2016.

This year’s overall Grade 1 winner was Gill Cairns. She received an all expenses paid trip to compete at the amateur section of the Metro Cup in New York, 2017. Thanks to Eric and Maureen Stein for sponsoring this great prize.

Also, thank you to the sponsors of the CLASP 2016/17 season – Wallace Bagpipes.

Pictured are the overall CLASP winners for 2015/2016 – Colin Taylor (Grade 3 winner), Gill Cairns (grade 2) and Gordon Hislop (Grade 1)  Picture by John Slavin.

Grade 1 Results

1st Gill Cairns
2nd Gordon Hislop
3rd Andrea Zingg

2/4 March, Strathspey and Reel
1st Stuart Peters
2nd Karen McLean
3rd Gill Cairns

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Stewart Gaudin
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd Karen McLean


Grade 2

Overall Winner Colin Brown

1st Con Houlihan
2nd James Carnegie
3rd Colin Taylor

2/4 March
1st Andrea Zingg
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd Colin Brown

Strathspey and Reel
1st John Campbell
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd Stephen Ross

1st Stephen Ross
2nd Colin Brown
3rd James Carnegie


Grade 3 results

Overall winner Ian Kirkwood

Piobaireachd ground
1st Stewart Allan
2nd Andrew Richardson
3rd Ian Kirkwood

Full Piobaireachd
1st William Copland
2nd Ian Kirkwood
3rd Stewart Allan

2/4 March
1st Aaron Yeung
2nd Colin Campbell
3rd Ian Kirkwood

Strathspey and Reel
1st Aaron Yeung
2nd Andrew Richardson
3rd William Copland

1st Ian Kirkwood
2nd Aaron Yeung
3rd Andrew Richardson

Lochaber Gathering 2016 – Piping Results

Here are the full results from the Lochaber Gathering, held on Saturday 20th August 2016.

Senior Competitions

P/A Piobaireachd – An Tuagh Oir

1st Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow
2nd Gordon McCready, Glasgow
3rd Euan MacCrimmon, Inverness
4th Derek Midgley, Linlithgow

P/A March – Lochaber Gathering Gold Medal

1st Ben Duncan, Edinburgh
2nd Pipe Major Gordon Walker, Galston
3rd William Geddes, Glasgow
4th Gordon McCready, Glasgow

P/A Strathspey and Reel – Leek’s Taxis Trophy

1st Pipe Major Gordon Walker, Galston
2nd Ben Duncan, Edinburgh
3rd Nick Hudson, USA
4th Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow

B/C Grade Piobaireachd – An Tuagh Airged

1st Jason Craig, Australia
2nd Mael Sicard-Cras, Glasgow
3rd Andrew Donlon, USA
4th Bruce MacDonald, Portree

B/C Grade March, Strathspey and Reel – Clydesdale Bank Torphy

1st Matt Pantaleoni, USA
2nd Duncan Beattie, Linlithgow
3rd Andrew Bell, Catrine
4th Greig Canning, Edinburgh

Open Hornpipe and Jig – Lochaber Gathering Shield

1st Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow
2nd Pipe Major Gordon Walker, Glaston
3rd Gordon McCready, Glasgow
4th Ross Cowan, Motherwell
Junior Competitions

18 and Under Piobaireachd – Lochaber Gathering Junior Piobaireachd Gold Medal

1st Archie Drennan, Drumnadrochit
2nd Finlay Frame, Largs

18 and Under March, Strathspey and Reel – Lochaber Gathering Salver

1st Finlay Frame, Largs
2nd Archie Drennan, Drumnadrochit

18 and Under Hornpipe & Jig – Clansman Garage Shield

1st Finlay Frame, Largs
2nd Archie Drennan, Drumnadrochit

15 and Under Piobaireachd – Dugald MacColl Memorial Trophy

1st Andrew Ferguson, Dollar
2nd Finlay Clark, Roy Bridge
3rd Angus MacPhee, Inverness

15 and Under March, Strathspey and Reel – McCallum Practice Chanter

1st Robbie MacIsaac, Falkirk
2nd Angus MacPhee, Inverness
3rd Finlay Cameron, Roy Bridge

15 and Under Jig – McCallum pipe case

1st Robbie MacIsaac, Falkirk
2nd Finlay Cameron, Roy Bridge
3rd Angus MacPhee, Inverness

The CLASP Announces Wallace Bagpipe Sponsorship for 2016/17 Season

The National Piping Centre is pleased to announce that Wallace Bagpipes will be the main CLASP sponsor for the 2016-17 season of events.

‘We are extremely honored to support and work with The CLASP.” said Craig Munro of Wallace Bagpipes. “It’s a fantastic organization which helps raise the standard and profile of adult amateurs worldwide. We feel this will not only help strengthen our position in the market place but also see it as an opportunity to give something back to a section of the worldwide piping community often overlooked in our industry with the majority of the current focus being on juveniles or professional events. At Wallace Bagpipes it’s about the right opportunity, not every opportunity!’

CLASP organiser Margaret Dunn said “We’re delighted with the sponsorship! It will allow the CLASP to grow and also gives competitors the opportunity to win some high quality products from Wallace Bagpipes.”

Find out how to join and more about CLASP events, including this year’s October 14th/15th workshop, here