Launched today is the new PP Audio Archive page which will carry recordings of this and previous generations of pipers and pipe bands. You can access the free resource here.
Our first recording is of the great Donald MacPherson recorded from the BBC in 1972. It has been supplied by his former pupil Donald McBride and we would ask other readers who have other suitable recordings to forward them to us at the usual address.
This recording ties in nicely with our Famous Pipers series on Donald MacPherson we ran last week.
A new composing competition has been announced. It is a for a tune to commemorate 70 years of the All-Ireland Championships organised jointly by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch and the Irish Pipe Band Association. The tune can be in any time signature and the winner will receive a handsome engraved silver practice chanter from the sponsors, McCallum Bagpipes.
The winner will be announced at the All-Irelands on July 4. More details here.
The Royal National Mod’s Piping Organiser James Graham has sent this: ‘A charaid chòir, I would be extremely grateful if you would circulate this information to as many of your contacts especially within the Oban and Argyll & Bute piping scene and beyond. The Royal National Mòd takes place in Oban this year from 9th-17th October 2015, with the piping competitions taking place on Saturday 10th October 2015.
Entries for both junior and senior competitions must be submitted by Friday 10th July 2015. Click here to enter.
If you have any queries regarding the piping competitions or wish to lend you support to the event or be involved in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. For any further information, please visit www.ancomunn.co.uk<http://www.ancomunn.co.uk> and our Facebook page facebook.com/royalnationalmod. Leis gach deagh dhùrachd, James.’
New letters posted today regarding war hero Lt George Morrison of Crieff. Lt Morrison was the subject of the VE Day programme on the BBC in which actress Jane Horrocks wept as she read out his last letter home to his mother.