Editor’s Notebook: Piping Times Archive/ Online Contests/ Brian Lamond/ Gavin Stoddart

Director of Piping Finlay MacDonald continues his positive work at the Piping Centre with his announcement this week of the plan to archive the Piping Times and make it accessible to all online and free of charge. It would be criminal to allow this resource to be lost to piping and I hope everyone will support the project. Much of the indexing work has already been carried out. Annie Grant,…

Review of Online Bagpipe Music Book: ‘The Fyrish Collection’ by Niall Matheson

The title of the book comes from Fyrish Hill (Cnoc Fhaoighris, in Gaelic), near Evanton in Easter Ross. On the cover is the depiction of a summit monument built in 1782 on the orders of the laird, General Sir Hector Munro of Novar, who had served in India. At the time the population was being expelled from the land in favour of sheep and human survival was a under threat….

Standing Start for Lower Grade Bands and Development of Medley all Confirmed in Reports to RSPBA AGM

Piping Press continues its look at the reports to this year’s RSPBA AGM held in MArch before the cancellation of all pipe band competitions for 2021. Below we have details of the Association’s finance and grant applications made to cover the difficulties caused by the pandemic. The Music Board reveal a pilot scheme whereby lower grade bands can start from a static position, and also information on liaison with Grade…

P/M Tom MacLean, Strathendrick Pipe Band

Piping is full of unsung heroes. Teachers who work away in the background, neither getting nor asking for publicity, content to quietly do their bit for our music without fuss or favour. The passing of one such has been brought to our attention by respected RSPBA adjudicator and piping tutor Jim Semple, a Worlds winner on many occasions with Strathclyde Police Pipe Band.  Jim writes…’Today I found out that my…

County Antrim Championships, Northern Ireland

Glenarm Castle on Saturday last provided a scenic backdrop for the County Antrim Championships, writes Gilbert Cromie. The championships took place as part of the first day of the Dalriada Festival which has become well established as one of Northern Ireland’s biggest cultural family events taking place at the iconic Glenarm Castle & Village annually each July with an attendance in excess of 30,000 over the two days. While it…