Balmoral Classic Goes Online for 2020/ Other Events Cancelled

The 14th Annual Balmoral Classic, the only junior solo competition for both bagpipers and drummers in the USA, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, writes Elaine Lee. This will be a virtual event, with competitors submitting videos to our panel of renowned judges. Those invited to compete may sign up for any one of three Pre-recording Workshops with professional piper Sean Patrick Regan. Regan will work with competitors to…

Silver Chanter 2020 Result and Comment

The 54th Silver Chanter contest/ recital was held in Glasgow for the third time this evening as part of a truncated Piping Live festival. The venue was the National Piping Centre in McPhater Street, Cowcaddens. The contest is sponsored by the William Grant Foundation. The contest was unique in that there was no audience other than on ‘pay per view’ livestream over the internet. However all other aspects of the…

And the Winner Is…..Lockdown Challenge Painting Result Announced

Judge Robert Mathieson has released us from our suspense. His decision on the great Piping Press Lockdown Painting Challenge can now be revealed! Everyone will appreciate his detailed analysis, and the artists themselves will be gratified that their work was examined by an expert. Check out maestro Mathieson’s verdict now: Sincere thanks to Robert for all his time and expertise. Congratulations to the winner, John Archbold, Isle of Mull. John…

Competing Pipers’ Association Online ‘B’ Grade Competition Results

Secretary Ross Miller: The results of the B grade round of the CPA Online Competition are as follows: B Grade Piobaireachd – 29 competed 1st – Bobby Durning (Rout of Glenfruin) 2nd – Fraser Allison (MacNeill of Barra’s March) 3rd – Teddy Krogh (Nameless Dro o Dro) 4th – Gwenael Dage (Red Speckled Bull) 5th – Angus MacPhee (Blind Piper’s Obstinacy) Judges: G Brown, C McLellan B Grade MSR –…

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Lockdown Painting Challenge – Three Finalists Selected by Judge Mathieson

Here we go with the three paintings/drawings that have made the final of our Lockdown Challenge. We are delighted that adjudicator Robert Mathieson, a graduate of Edinburgh School of Art, has found time to do a voiceover presentation for us with suitable comment on the successful entries. Many will know Pipe Major Mathieson from the world of piping and pipe bands. Fewer will know that he is also a skilled…