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The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory CVO, CBE, FRSE, FRSA, MA, CA - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

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Register for Battle’s Over – A Nation's Tribute

Hundreds of pipers around the world have already registered for this once-in-a-lifetime tribute to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

We would like to reach 1,000.

Essentially, this tribute lasts all day on November 11 next year but it kicks off at 06:00 with pipers around the world playing of the well known retreat march, When the Battle’s O’er.

Why so early, you ask?

Well, the Armistice of Compiègne was signed at that time on November 11, 1918. It marked the end of the fighting on the Western Front and ultimately the end of the Great War, that terrible, gruelling four year conflict that saw millions killed and wounded, including around 2,000 pipers. Countries all around the world were affected in what was one of the largest wars in history.

A contemporary sketch of Daniel Laidlaw VC playing during the Battle of Loos. Laidlaw, seeing that his company was shaken with the effects of gas, mounted the parapet and, marching up and down, played his company out of the trench. The effect was immediate and the company dashed to the assault.

A contemporary sketch of Daniel Laidlaw VC playing during the Battle of Loos. Laidlaw, seeing that his company was shaken with the effects of gas, mounted the parapet and, marching up and down, played his company out of the trench. The effect was immediate and the company dashed to the assault.

We are asking you to play the Pipe Major William Robb composition at 0600hrs local time at any location of your choice, whether it is a cenotaph or war memorial in your village, town or city – or even outside your house … any location you feel appropriate. The choice is yours.

Following the event, those taking part will be able to download the special certificate that they can then frame as a permanent reminder of their involvement. To register simply complete your details below.

Each month, a list of those taking part will be published in the Piping Times.

To register please complete the form below.

Download the guide to ‘Battle’s Over'

With hundreds of pipers – and pipe bands – around the world registered already for ‘Battle’s Over – a Nation’s Tribute – the official guide is now available to download. Click on the image, right, to download the guide.

The guide details the timetable of events in the United Kingdom on November 11 next year when the UK and its friends overseas will mark the centenary of the guns falling silent at the end of the First World War. The number of pipers killed or wounded during WW1 was thought to have been at least 1,200 but the figure was actually higher than that.

At 06:00 – the exact time the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918 – around 1,000 pipers around the world will fill the air with a rendition of Pipe William Robb’s retreat march, When the Battle’s O’er.

This will start the centenary media coverage on television and radio, and will provide some of the day’s most moving and atmospheric sights and sounds.

Just before 19:00 GMT, the Last Post will be played at many of the 1,000 WWI Beacon sites throughout the United Kingdom, involving young people and others paying their personal tribute to those that gave their lives during World War I. After this, more than 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on August 3, 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

After the event, those registered will be able to download the official certificate, pictured left.

More Information

Pipers are being asked to take part in a unique and simple way to mark the  centenary of the end of the Great War. The College of Piping is assisting Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, founder and pageantmaster with ‘Battle’s O’er – A Nation’s Tribute’.

This will be a mass playing of the retreat march, When the Battle’s O’er outside cathedrals and other locations 06:00hrs on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Many millions were either killed or returned home dreadfully wounded, along with remembering the families and sweethearts that lost husbands while having to stay at home to keep the ‘home fires burning’. At 06:00hrs on November 11, 1918 the Armistice of Compiègne was signed between the Allies and Germany. It marked the end of the fighting on the Western Front and ultimately the end of the Great War, that terrible, gruelling four year conflict that saw millions killed and wounded, including around 2,000 pipers. Countries all around the world were affected in what was one of the largest wars in history.

We are asking you to play the Pipe Major William Robb composition, When the Battle’s O’er at 06:00hrs local time at any location of your choice, whether it is a cenotaph or war memorial in your village, town or city – or even outside your house … any location you feel appropriate. The choice is yours.

The most important part is everyone playing the tune together at 06:00hrs local time. This is the time when the Armistice was actually signed on November 11, 1918. It came into effect at 1100hrs.

Following the event, those taking part will be able to download the special certificate that they can then frame as a permanent reminder of their involvement. To register simply complete your details above.

The Piping Times will publish a list of all those taking part.

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory CVO, CBE, FRSE, FRSA, MA, CA - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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