Kintyre Piping Society Annual Junior Competition – Entries Now Open

The Kintyre Piping Society Annual Junior Piping Championship Competition will take place on Saturday 23 April 2016 in the Seafield Hotel, Campbeltown, commencing at 0930am.

Entries must be received no later than 15th April 2016
Return to: Mr W McCallum,
Kintyre Piping Society,
78, Longrow,
Campbeltown,
Argyll, PA28 6DD.
Tel: 01586 552508.
Society e-mail – kintyrepiping@btinternet.com
Draw must be strictly adhered to. Any late entries received will play first.

Entry Info – 2016

Event Entry Form 2016

TNPC Evening Classes – New Term Coming Soon!

Now that spring is in the air, the time is right to look for your next challenge. If you are looking to get into piping, or take your piping back up a notch, then our new term of Evening Classes is for you!

Starting from Saturday 23rd April, with Saturday and week nights to suit you, there are levels from complete beginner to advanced players, all of which let you develop your piping. And if you book for the school, you get TWO FREE HOURS of teaching with our weekly Club Night every Tuesday.

Its £90 adults/ £80 U16s for our 10 week course, so register today for this fantastic term of lessons here

Enrol Today

Scottish School Pipe Band Championships Results

More than 700 pupils had Scotland’s capital city in fine tune yesterday, Sunday 13th March, after going head to head at the Scottish School Pipe Band Championships. Youngsters from 118 schools across Scotland travelled to Edinburgh to take part in the event – a competition dedicated celebrating Scotland’s musical tradition and the talent of our young people.

This year’s event at Broughton High School saw pupils compete in eight categories tailored to their skill set, including juvenile, novice juvenile, debut, junior and quartets.

The full list of winners:

Debut Contest
1st place – Portree High School
2nd place – Stranraer Academy
3rd place – Tobermory High School

Junior B Contest
1st place – Ullapool High School
2nd place – The Glasgow Academy
3rd place – Dundee Schools

Junior A Contest
1st place – St Columbus School
2nd place – Gordonstoun School
3rd place – Fettes College

Novice Juvenile B Contest
1st place – Lochalsh Juniors
2nd place – George Watson’s College
3rd place – Knox Academy

Novice Juvenile A Contest
1st place – Dollar Academy
2nd place – North Lanarkshire Schools
3rd place – George Watson’s College

Juvenile Contest
1st place – George Watson’s College
2nd place – Dollar Academy
3rd place – Preston Lodge High School

Quartet Contest
1st place – Dumfries Schools
2nd place – Lochgilphead High School
3rd place – St Andrew’s R.C. High School A

Freestyle Musicianship Contest
1st place – The High School of Glasgow
2nd place – Gordonstoun School
3rd place – Sgoil Lionacleit

Junior Piping Competition at the Kinlochard Gathering 2016

The Kinlochard Gathering is once again looking for young pipers aged Under 18 to take part in its competition to be held on Sunday 17th July 2016. The Gathering is an annual community gala day / mini Highland Games for the village of Kinlochard and district – you can find out more at: www.kinlochard.org

Details of the day are: 11:10 hrs – Pipers assemble at the Forest Hills hotel, Kinlochard to leave in the grand parade to the games field at 11:30 hrs , as competing pipers play in the parade. The main event opens at midday. 12:30 hrs piping competition begins. 17:00 hrs event ends.

Download the entry form here: Junior solo piping competition

Uist & Barra Piping Competition Results

The 2016 Uist and Barra Piping Competition took place on Saturday 6th March at The College of Piping. The results were:

Overall: Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow

Piobaireachd
1st Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow “The Phantom Piper of Corrieyarick”
2nd Willie McCallum, Bearsden,  “The Rout of the Lowland Captain”
3rd Stuart Liddell, Inveraray,  “”Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie”
4th Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, “The Battle of Waternish”
5th Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow, “The Old Men of the Shells” #1

MSR
1st Finlay Johnston, Glasgow
2nd Callum Beaumont
3rd Willie McCallum
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Alasdair Henderson

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Alasdair Henderson
2nd Roddy MacLeod
3rd Glenn Brown, Glasgow
4th Gordon McCready
5th Callum Beaumont

Judges for all event were Ian Duncan, Stuart Shedden and Andrew Wright.

Bagpipe and Drumming Instructor posts – Banff, Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council are recruiting the first piping and drumming instructors to be employed by the Council. The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust is co-funding the posts and are delighted that young people at Banff Academy and its cluster primary schools, plus pupils at some of the surrounding schools will have opportunities to learn in school.

To find out more and apply go to: https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/aberdeenshire-council

SPA Knockout – Semi Final 1

The Scottish Pipers Association is pleased to announce that the players for the first semi-final of our Knockout contest series are John Patrick versus Angus MacColl. These two are both former winners of the contest so it should be a fantastic evening of piping.
It will take place on Saturday 12th March at College of Piping Otago Street Glasgow 7.00pm for 7.30pm. There will be a full bar service available. Please come early for a dram, a chat and to ensure a good seat.
Admission is £7.50, and tickets are available on the door.

Junior Competition 2016 – Results

Here are the full results from The National Piping Centre Junior Competition 2016, which took place on Saturday 20 February.

Event 1 – 15-17 Piobaireachd 
1. Lewis Russell
2. Harry McLachlan
3. John Campbell
4. Kyle Shead
5. Holly Fredlander
6. Calum Craib

Event 2 -15-17 MSR
1. Robbie MacIsaac
2. Harry McLachlan
3. Holly Fredlander
4. Finlay Frame
5. Calum Craib
6. Calum Davidson

Event 3 – 15-17 Jig
1. Harry McLachlan
2. John Campbell
3. Robbie MacIsaac
4. Finlay Frame
5. Kyle Shead
6. Jordan Ednie

Overall 15-17 Junior Champion
Harry McLachlan

Event 4 – U15 Piobaireachd 
1. Luke Shearer
2. Finlay Cameron
3. Christopher Happs
4. John A McLaren
5. Andrew Ferguson
6. Jamie Niall Campbell

Event 5 – U15 Piobaireachd (Ground)
1. Ross Strain
2. Saul Sweeney
3. Finn Murray

Event 6 – U15 March 
1. Finlay Cameron
2. Jamie Niall Campbell
3. Andrew Ferguson
4. Niall Beattie
5. Ruairidh Brown
6. Eosaph Caimbeul

Event 7 – U15 Strathspey & Reel
1. Ross Strain
2. Luke Kennedy
3. Hazel Whyte
4. Luke Shearer
5. Christopher Happs
6. James Forrest

Overall U15 Novice Champion
Finlay Cameron

Event 8 – Chanter Slow Air
1. Lewis Maxwell
2. Archie MacFadyen
3. Josh Esson
4. Fraser Smith
5. Patrick Connor
6. Luca MacKenna

Event 9 – Chanter March 
1.Lewis Maxwell
2. Ruaraidh Drennan
3. Fraser Smith
4. Archie MacFadyen
5. Josh Esson
6. Harrison Bishop

Overall Chanter Champion
Lewis Maxwell

The Scots Guards Club – Knockout results and Recital announced

There was a great weekend of piping at The Scots Guards Club in Edinburgh, where in the Knockout Semi-Final Callum Moffat won through against Craig Sutherland  yesterday, Sunday 21 February and is the first Finalist. The next semi-final is between Scott Barrie and Ross Miller. This will take place on 27 March 2016, at 4 pm. Tickets are £10 with a curry included.

Recital News
Callum Beaumont will perform a recital at the Scots Guards Club on Sunday  17 April, at 4 pm. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door with a curry after.

Bagpiper Host 2016 – Piper Wanted!

For the 2016 Summer Season, The National Piping Centre is once again looking for a talented individual to be the face of the piping to our museum visitors.

bagpiper host

This fantastic role will see you host tours around our Museum of Piping, and conduct come and try tours with people from across the world as they visit us throughout the summer, as well as promoting The National Piping Centre and The Bagpipe Shop.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly piper, with great customer service skills. If you think this could be you, download the full job specification here: Bagpiper host 2016 and send us your CV to recruitment@thepipingcentre.co.uk  by 5pm on Friday 26th February, with interviews commencing 3rd and 4th March.

Good Luck!