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…

‘Talk Piobaireachd’ Resumes/ Piobaireachd Society Tuition Bursary Applications Open

The Piobaireachd Society has confirmed that it will be resuming its successful ‘Talk Piobaireachd’ internet discussions this winter, beginning next month and running until next spring. The sessions are open to all members free of charge. Those who have agreed to lead them are: Jack Lee, Jimmy McIntosh, Dr Jack Taylor, Robert Wallace and Duncan Watson. Usually two tunes are covered per session with digressions into aspects of the piobaireachd tradition…