Killin Games Entries Open/ Piping Live March/ Eilidh’s Trust Funding

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Killin Highland Games (August 7th) are now taking entries for their piping competitions. To enter click here.         

All competitors pay admission to the park and this gains entry to the competitions. All competitors must report to the Piping Convenor by 10.30am.

Piobaireachd, MSR and Jig for Juniors (U-14) and Seniors. Light music for Intermediate pipers. Four prizes in each event

The games, to be held at Breadalbane Park, have announced that a star from the popular ‘Outlander’ series will be appearing. The Killin area has been used for several film locations.

To open the games, Doune and Deanston Pipe Band will lead a 1pm parade over the village’s picturesque River Dochart Bridge and thence to the park.

Chieftain is Jamie Macnab, Chief of Clan MacNab. An arch of the Dochart bridge straddles the small island of Inchbuie, ancient burial place of the Clan MacNab.  

The new games chairwoman, Clare Rudd, says, ‘We normally have a high number of entries for the piping competitions and hope that this year will be no different.’

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Piping Live! Big Band
On Monday 12th August over 150 pipers and drummers are expected to gather at Mansfield Park in Partick, Glasgow, for a fundraising march to the city’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery. The band is open to anyone who plays a practice chanter, bagpipes, snare, bass or tenor drum, or is a drum major.

Sign up here. There is a £15 registration fee which covers the Big Band t-shirt and a donation to the chosen charity, the Articulate Cultural Trust.

The procession will set off at 12 noon. Finlay MacDonald, festival Artistic Director, said: ‘The parade is one of the highlights of the festival so we’re delighted to bring it back for the seventh time.’

Eilidh’s Trust
Over 2,000 young musicians across Scotland are to benefit in the latest round of grants from the music charity established in memory of 14-year-old Manchester Arena victim, piper Eilidh MacLeod from Barra in the Outer Hebrides. 

Details of the charity’s 2024 funding round show that 52 individuals and groups from Orkney to Dumfries are benefiting from support of over £43,000. Almost 70 applications were received, the highest number ever submitted during a funding call. This takes the total number of grants made since the trust was established in 2018 to over 100, with a combined value of over £100,000. 

Recipients range from choirs, pipe bands and traditional musicians to cellists, brass bands and classical pianists. The money is used for tuition, travel to events and instrument purchase.

Janette Cargill of the Isle of Isle of Skye Youth Pipe Band commented: ‘We are delighted to be receiving a grant from the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust. The band is growing in numbers, so this grant will help to cover some of the cost of getting kilts made for our new members.’

Other pipe bands and organisations to benefit are Lewis & Harris Youth, Lewis, Lochaber, Cupar & District, Culter, Dundee City, East Ayrshire Acad., Renfrew Schools, Govan Schools, Lanark & District., South West Scotland Acad.

Trust founder Suzanne White said: ‘We are a small grants charity and to have gone through the £100,000 barrier is more than we ever imagined when we set out in 2018. This just shows that Eilidh’s story has the power to make a positive change in the future. We are delighted that we are able to do this for her.’ 

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