We are delighted to announce the brand new “The National Piping Centre, Scotland Challenge Recital” invitational competition, which will take place on Sautrday 25th June in Winchester, Virginia.
The contest will feature Nick Hudson, Dan Lyden, Derek Midgley, Ben McClamrock and Andrew Donlon – all of whom attended the school in the formative years of their piping careers, and now compete at the highest levels of solo and pipe band piping.These players will also be delivering workshops on Sunday 26th June.
This event is part of The National Piping Centre’s annual Virginia Piping School, which this year has two teaching options – 5 days from Wednesday 22nd – Sunday 26th June, or a workshop only package, where students can take workshops with the school tutors, plus these guest instructors.
The event will take place from 7.00pm on Saturday 25th June at the Lee Jackson Best Western Motel in Winchester, VA.
Tickets are now available online here
The Scots Guards Club in Edinburgh has a fantastic array of events coming up over the next wee while. Details are:
7th May – Piping Dinner with Angus MacColl. This fantastic evening event will take place at the Scots Guards Club next Saturday night. There are a few tickets still available – call 0131 337 1084 or email: email@example.com
Scots Guards Knockout 2015/2016 – Grand Final! Come along on Sunday 15 May at 4pm to hear Ross Miller vs Callum Moffat in the grand final of this year’s knockout contest! Tickets are £10, available on the door and includes a curry.
Then later this year, there are recitals by James Murray on Sunday 21st August and Bruce Gandy on Tuesday 30 August (TBC) – both are £10 tickets on the door and include a curry, so get the dates in your diary!
The final will be held on Saturday 7th May 2016 featuring two of the World’s finest pipers : Stuart Liddell vs John Patrick
The event will be held in the College of Piping Otago St, with the evening starting at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50. There is a full bar service available so please come early for a drink and a chat and to get a good seat.
The winner will receive the Piping Times Trophy which will be presented by editor Stuart Letford together with a substantial cash prize. The runner-up will also receive a substantial cash prize.
McCallum Bagpipes have kindly agreed to sponsor the event which will be recorded by the BBC for transmission at a later date on the Pipeline program.
We are also hoping to once again transmit the contest via Livestream for members and friends who are further afield. Donations via the website would be welcome. www.scottishpipersassociation.co.uk
There is now 10% off pipe band essentials at The Bagpipe Shop, to help you get set for the season. We have Mister Anthony Band Spec Capes, now with 10% off. There are also our Piper Hose, which are also now 10% off for a variety of colours. Or check out our Brogues and Glengarries, which are ordered specially for you, and will be dispatched as soon as we receive them.
So get your kit ready with 10% off!
The Kintyre Piping Society have cancelled the Annual Junior Piping Competition, which was due to take place this Saturday 23rd April, following the passing away of Willie McCallum Senior. They apologise for any inconvenience caused by this decision.
The National Piping Centre was saddened to hear of the passing of Willie McCallum Snr, suddenly after The Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition on Friday 8 March. We would like to extend our condolences to Willie’s family, especially his son Willie McCallum Jnr.
Willie Snr was a fantastic supporter of piping, attending many events here at The National Piping Centre and during Piping Live!. His enthusiasm and love for the instrument and its music and his joy of piping will be sadly missed.
In light of this news, the concert scheduled for Friday 15 April – Tradition Bearers – has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be refunded, and we will update further on any rearrangement in the coming weeks.
This Monday, 4th April, bring along the family to meet the bagpiper, for free!
Just drop in for our fantastic open day from 11am – 2pm on Monday, and the whole family can hear the bagpipes played, and you can try them out for yourselves. You can colour in your own piper, and if you try the pipes, you will receive a special certificate of achievement, signed by Amy our piper.
Its for everyone ages 2 and up and for one day only, so come along!
In the latest Scots Guards Knockout, Ross Miller won the second semi-final against Scott Barrie on Sunday 27 March. He will now meet Callum Beaumont on 15 May in the final, 4 pm as usual in the Scots Guards Club, Haymarket, Edinburgh. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door and include a curry served after.
Head along to the Scots Guards Club to see Callum Beaumont play in recital on Sunday 17 April at 4 pm. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door and include a curry served after.
This year Thornton Highland Gathering will be held on Saturday 2nd July . Unfortunately last year had to be cancelled due to the weather. Again this year we will be holding a solo piping contest. Please download the entry form from below.
THG Solo Piping Entry Form – 2016
THG Solo Piping Terms – 2016
The 2nd semi-final will be held on Saturday 2nd April at the College of Piping, Otago St, Glasgow. The pipers in this round are: Stuart Liddell vs Steven Leask.
Join us from 7.00pm for 7.30pm, there is a full bar service available so please come early for a drink and a chat and to get a good seat.
The winner of this will face John Patrick in the final on Saturday 7th May. The SPA are also hoping to transmit the contest via Livestream for our members and friends who are further afield. Donations via our website would be welcome. www.scottishpipersassociation.co.uk