Ten Years After: The World Pipe Band Championship of 2011, Part 2

We take another look at the Worlds held at Glasgow Green in August 2011 with photographs and excerpts from reports from our Editor Robert Wallace. Here he concentrates on the Grade 1 March Strathspey and Reel. Gradually you came to the realisation that there was not one person present who did not believe they were listening to the 2011 World Pipe Band Champions. For Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, from…

Review – The Shasta Collection of Modern Piobaireachd

On being asked to review this recent publication I realised that I have stated many times in recent years that I am a supporter of modern piobaireachd composition. With further reflection the realisation dawned that many of the tunes in my repertoire I considered modern were approaching fifty years of age. I was facing an opportunity to take a look at much more recent compositions. The book reproduces the scores…

Ten Years After: The World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow, August 2011 – Part 1

There won’t be a Worlds this summer for the second year in a row. The international pipe band community is in need of a fix, a reminder of the excitement, the adrenaline and maybe the disappointment of the biggest day in the pipe band calendar. PP staff have trawled the archives for pictures and comment from the Championship from ten years ago, the place Glasgow Green. How times fly. Here…

Editor’s Notebook: Audience Restrictions Lifted/ Talk Piobaireachd/ Duncan Watson/ Tryst Supergroup

Anyone thinking about putting on a ‘live’ piping event should consider the following positive guidelines from Scotland’s administrators: Level 2 of covid restrictions begins on Monday May 17, Level 1 from ‘early June’ and Level 0 in ‘later June’. What this means in audience numbers is as follows: If the will is there, there is no official impediment to running a piping or pipe band competition this summer. Reader Ian…

RSPBA in ‘Sound’ Financial Position Despite Fall in Revenue – Auditor Agrees Accounts

The Board of Directors report: The Association recorded a surplus of £8,263 for the year ended 31 December 2020 (2019 – deficit of £458,455) and accumulated funds at that date stand at £540,110 (2019 – £531,847). The principal funding sources in the period and in the prior period were membership subscriptions and sponsorship towards running the various Championship events. The Association policy is to maintain a level of reserves at…