The Archie Kenneth Quaich Competition

The twenty-fifth annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 4th March 2017, 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:
a) holders of the Army School of Piping’s Pipe Major Certificate;
b) anyone who has won a prize in open competition or who has, within the past five years, taken part in open competition;
c) 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.

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.

Springbank 2016 Results / Tunes

Pipers:- Willie McCallum, Roddy MacLeod, Angus macColl, Stuart Liddell, Iain Speirs, Callum Beaumont, Finlay Johnston and John Angus Smith.


1st Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “The Big Spree”
2nd Roddy Macleod, Glasgow, “The Old Men of the Shells”
3rd Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow, Scotland, “Lament for Ronald MacDonald of Morar”
4th Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland, “The Bells of Perth”


1st Stuart Liddell, “The Clan MacColl”, “Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque”, “Lady Louden”, “Catlodge”, “The Little Cascade”, “The Cockerel in the Creel”
2nd Finlay Johnston, Glasgow
3rd Willie McCallum
4th Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland

6/8 March

1st Callum Beaumont, “The Highland Brigade Depot”
2nd Finlay Johnston
3rd Stuart Liddell
4th Willie McCallum

Hornpipe & Jig

1st Stuart Liddell, “The Busy Buddy, “The Canister”
2nd Finlay Johnston
3rd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh
4th Willie McCallum

Judges, John Wilson, PM Iain Morrison and Iain MacFadyen.

Bein-an- Tighe, Rona Lightfoot

Seafield Hotel, Campbeltown, 17 th September 2016 – Local Man Willie McCallum was the overall winner of the annual Springbank Invitational Solo Piping Championship. Willie won the Argyll Arms Trophy for Piobaireachd and was placed third in the MSR. Overall Second place was won by Stuart Liddell (Inveraray) winning the Serco Trophy for MSR and was placed 4 th in the Piobaireachd. (Only the Piobaireachd and MSR results count for the overall placings)
The McFadyen’s Transport Ltd Trophy for locally composed 6/8 Marches went to Callum Beaumont (Linlithgow).
The Committee Members Trophy for Hornpipe & Jig again went to Stuart Liddell.

Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships 2016 Line Up Announced!

We are delighted to announce the line up for this year’s Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship, which will take place on Saturday 29th October at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl. The players for 2016 will be:

Bruce Gandy
Alasdair Henderson
Finlay Johnston
Jack Lee
Stuart Liddell
Angus MacColl
William McCallum
Ian K. MacDonald
Roddy MacLeod MBE
Iain Spiers

Judges will be
Iain MacFadyen
William Morrison
Jack Taylor

March, Strathspey and Reel
Ian Duncan
Ian MacLellan
Iain Morrison


Results from Northern Meeting Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP)

The CLASP (Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers) had a great turnout for its graded competition at the recent Northern Meetings in Eden Court, Inverness. Pictured from Left to Right – Colin Brown (overall Grade 2), George McCall (Overall garde 3), Alex Gandy (Judge), Ian Graham and Stuart Peters (overall Grade 1)

Here are Results from the Northern Meetings:

Grade 1 Overall Winner – Ian Graham
Grade 2 Overall Winner – Colin Brown
Grade 3 Overall Winner – George McCall

Grade 1 – Piobaireachd
1st Stephen Ross
2nd Ian Graham
3rd Stuart Peters

Grade 2 – Piobaireachd
1st Aaron Yeung
2nd Colin Brown
3rd Janette Greenwood

Grade 3 – Piobaireachd
1st George McCall
2nd Robert Thomson
3rd Neil Mitchell

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Stuart Peters
2nd Janette Greenwood
3rd Ian Graham

Grade 1 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Ian Graham
2nd Stuart Peters
3rd Janette Greenwood

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st Colin Brown
2nd Stephen Ross
3rd Aaron Yeung

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Colin Brown
2nd Aaron Yeung
3rd Stephen Ross

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1st George McCall
2nd Robert Thomson

Grade 3 – Strathspey and Reel
1st George McCall
2nd Robert Thomson

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