PP Editor’s Blog: P/M Paul Selwood/ SPA WW1 Concert/ Bagpipemakers Book/ Tryst Contest

It was distressing yet uplifting to read yesterday of P/M Paul Selwood, 1st Batt. Scots Guards, and his brave fight against cancer.

His is an agonising burden borne with dignity, a dignity that will follow him to the end. Anyone who ever met Paul will know of his easy manner, ready smile and a willingness to help others. They will know too of his justified pride in his regiment and in becoming Pipe Major of one of the senior regiments in the British Army, the first Englishman to do so.

I am sure all of our readers will want to spare a thought for him today and I hope it will be of some comfort to him and his family to know that the piping world will not forget him. He is pictured above in full Scots Guards finery.

Read of Paul’s illness and of his appeal for the Marie Curie Hospice at Fairmilehead near Edinburgh here.

SPA President Tom Johnstone has sent this: ‘Just a quick reminder of our two events this coming Saturday (19th Sept.)in the College of Piping, Otago St., Glasgow. The Annual Juvenile Contest starts at 1.00pm We have a healthy entry and our two judges are Roddy Livingstone and Neil Mulvie. The last in our series of WW1 recitals will commence at 7.30pm. It would be wise to arrive early to get the best seats and enjoy the bar facilities run by Committee Member Graham Alexander! I hope you can all attend and enjoy these two events.’

Jeannie Campbell’s ‘Highland Bagpipemakers’ book is now available via the ppresshop price £20 + p&p. Interesting facts abound in the book. For instance who among you is able to make a connection between composer George Frideric Handel and D Naill & Co., one of our leading bagpipe firms? Those with the book will be able to turn to p142 and see that the Starck family of musical instrument makers arrived in London in the 18th century at Handel’s request, the composer requiring flutes made to his spec. Starck & Co. later diversified into making pipes, including the noted ‘Brian Boru’, and continued in business right up to 1962. One of their employees was Les Cowell who went on to found his own company D Naill & Co.

New Letters posted today on the Bulgarian gajda, the Donald MacLeod Piobaireachd Book, a new tune for Gordon Duncan and the search for a Jacobite tune ‘The King Shall Enjoy his Own Again.’
If anyone can help with any of the requests please email us at Piping Press.

Here’s the poster for the popular Falkirk Tryst competition to be held on October 10. Click on the ad to get details: