The Balmoral Classic 2020 Virtual Championships Invitation to Compete

By George Balderose Please consider this an invitation to submit an application to compete at the fourteenth annual Balmoral Classic US Junior Solo Highland Piping Championships. Applications are due of October 14 and video recordings due between November 4 & 8, 2020. Applications should be accompanied by a fee of $50US. Contestants who are NOT chosen to compete will receive a $25 refund. Piping judges are Robert Wallace (Scotland), President…

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Editor’s Notebook: P/M Poser/ Band Practice/ Academy Job/ CNE Results/ Eagle Pipers Results

Firstly today, can anyone name the Pipe Mjor pictured above? He was P/M of a police band, a well known solo piper and winner of many top awards. He also produced a book of tunes and composed a few good ones himself. The man in question had roots in South Uist. Read on for the answer….. Thanks to the reader who reminded me of one crucial aspect of the new…

Bagpipe Tutor 1 Now Available in French/ Scottish Qualifications Authority Looking For Piping Examiner

The popular Bagpipe Tutor 1 by our editor Robert Wallace is now available in French. This adds to the other versions of the book in English and German. The book has enjoyed considerable success since it was first published in 2015. A German translation followed quickly after the English edition and now this edition in French. In twenty lessons the book takes the complete beginner through all the necessary technique…

New Restrictions Spell More Gloom for the Piping and Pipe Band Worlds

By the Editor The questionable handling of the Covid pandemic by our politicians and the unrelenting nature of the virus itself, have, as stated already on these pages, placed the 2021 piping and pipe band season in considerable jeopardy. Scotland’s devolved administration has extended its ability to enact emergency powers until March next year and all the talk is of the new lockdown confirmed yesterday being in place until then….

NPC and Glenfiddich Announce ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Arrangements for 2020 Competition

The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to inspire the world’s finest exponents of ceòl mòr and ceòl beag, writes Helen Urquhart of the National Piping Centre. After a summer of disruption to the usual qualifying events, the team behind the Glenfiddich Piping Championship are pleased to announce the invitation list for this year’s event, which will be available online on Saturday 31st October. Invited to compete are: Finlay…