John Dew won the latest round of the Scots Guards Knockout yesterday, Sunday 24th November 2019, against Lewis Russell. The next installment will be on the last Sunday in January, Sunday 26th January 2020, where Angus McColl Jnr will take on Calum Wynd. Its 3pm at the Scots Guards Club, Haymarket, Edinburgh. Tickets are available on the door. Make sure you head along!
Finlay Johnston took home the overall prize at the 2019 Glenfiddich Piping Championship, held as ever in a crowded Ballroom of Blair Castle in Perthshire today.
It was the second time that Finlay Johnston won the award, successfully defending the title he first won in 2018. He gained this year’s win by placing 2nd in the Ceòl Mòr and 2nd in the MSR.
Competitors are asked to submit six tunes of each type.
1. Glenn Brown, Milton, Ontario, Canada, Farewell to the Queen’s Ferry
2. Finlay Johnston, Glasgow, Scotland, Donald Gruamach’s March
3. Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, Scotland, Scarce of Fishing
4. Jack Lee, Surrey, BC, Canada, Lament for the Laird of Anapool
5. Connor Sinclair, Crieff, Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert's Fancy
Judges – Patricia Henderson, Colin MacLellan and Stuart Samson.
MSR (twice through)
1. Connor Sinclair, Major Manson’s Farewell to Clachantrushal, Susan MacLeod, Broadford Bay
2. Finlay Johnston, Inverlochy Castle, Cat Lodge, The Smith Chilliechassie
3. Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland P.M.J. McWilliams, Glentruim, Ca’ the Ewes
4. Callum Beaumont, Dollar, Scotland, The Stirlingshire Militia, Lady Louden, The Little Cascade
5. Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland, Mrs John MacColl, The Shepherd’s Crook, John Morrison of Assynt House
Judges: Murray Henderson, Dr Angus MacDonald and John Wilson.
1. Finlay Johnston
2. Connor Sinclair
3. Glenn Brown
Also competing but not in the prizes were Andrew Hayes and Gordon McCready.
This year's Balvenie Medal was awarded to Anne Spalding for her services to piping. She is pictured here with Andrew Berthoff who presented the medal.
Anne is someone who has truly spent a lifetime in piping. In December 2012 Lowri Potts visited Anne at her home in Broughty Ferry to discuss her piping life. Their chat encompassed Anne’s first lessons aged six with her grandfather, through to playing with the MacLean Ladies’ Pipe Band and on to receiving her first prize from Capt. John MacLellan and singing canntaireachd with Bob Brown when only 14.
Anne has taught piping for many years now, including at Morrison’s Academy and Ardvreck School (both in Crieff) as well as Dundee’s MacKenzie Caledonian Pipe Band organisation.
The interview took place as part of The National Piping Centre’s Noting the Tradition oral history project.
Listen to the interview (or read the transcript) here
The Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2019 is at Blair Castle on Saturday 26th October for the 45th edition of this prestigious solo piping competition.
Events begin at 10am and you can tune in for to watch all the performances via the livestream at www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/livestream from 9.45am.
This year's participants are:
MARCH, STRATHSPEY & REEL
Dr Angus MacDonald
FEAR AN TIGHE
If you enjoy the livestream, please consider making a donation over on the Livestream page. This year all donations will go to the Scottish Pipers' Assocation which celecrates its 100th Anniversary in January 2020.
The National Piping Centre (30-34 McPhater Street) will host The CLASP Piping Night from 7pm on Friday 4th October 2019, as part of The CLASP Workshop Weekend.
Free to attend and open to all, the event will feature performances from Roddy MacLeod and Finlay Johnston. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to play a tune and the chance to learn more about The CLASP (Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers).
James Murray has recently resigned from his role as Pipe Major of the WA Police Force Pipe Band and will be taking on a piping tutor role at Scotch College in Perth.
Although Jim’s last official day as a WA Police Force employee will be Sunday 6 October 2019, his last day in the office and final performance as Pipe Major will be this Friday’s Police Remembrance Day on 27 September.
Our current Pipe Sergeant Stuart Robertson will be taking on the Acting Pipe Major from Saturday 28 September until the vacant position is officially advertised and permanently filled in the new year.
Sgt Ian Stewart APM, the WA Police Force Pipe Band Officer in Charge said ‘I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Jim for his huge contribution and dedicated service to the WA Police Force Pipe Band over the past seven years. Since his move from Scotland to Perth in August 2012, he has made a massive impact not only to our band, but also to the pipe band community here in WA and all around Australia.
In addition to the 240 policing and community engagements the band perform each year, he has lead the band musically through two National Championships wins in 2014 and 2016, as well as our Jubilee concert in 2016 and release of five new albums.
His new role at Scotch College will provide our young WA musicians with some of the best piping tuition there is available today and with his skills, passion and experience in piping, I have no doubt his new role can only bode very well for the many future generations of young pipers in Western Australia, it has been a pleasure to work with him and I wish him all the very best for the future’.
“It has been a pleasure serving as Pipe Major of the WA Police Force Pipe Band over the last seven years.
The variety and diversity of the pipe band executing its role has allowed me to meet some great people and lead to new experiences throughout Australia.
I would like to thank the WA Police Force, band members past and present for all the support given to me as Pipe Major.
I look forward to a new challenge at Scotch College Perth and I wish the WA Police Force Pipe Band all the best and a great future”.