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Duncan Johnstone celebration recital to be broadcast

Duncan Johnstone celebration recital to be broadcast

A new event to celebrate the life and works of Duncan Johnstone, the influential piper, teacher and composer, took place in early March at the National Piping Centre (NPC) in Glasgow, Scotland. The event was recorded at the National Piping Centre in strict adherence to all Scottish Government social distancing […]

Scottish Pipe Band Championships, Dumbarton, 2009. ©JohnSlavin@designfolk.com/Bagpipe.news

Scottish and Worlds in the balance

The RSPBA’s Music Board has eased the playing criteria for the two remaining championships for the 2021 season. The revision is as a result of ongoing COVID-19 situation and an appreciation that preparation time will be dramatically reduced to participate at these Championships – should they go ahead. The organisation […]

Stuart Letford: one picture, many stories

Stuart Letford: one picture, many stories

This is not a photo essay. Rather, it’s an essay on a photo, the one shown here. That said, the purpose of a photo essay is nothing if not a way to tell a story or evoke emotion from the viewers through a series of photographs. And I think there […]

Bands in France striving to maintain their cohesion

Bands in France striving to maintain their cohesion

Since the first lockdown in March 2020, pipe band practices have been taking place online with a varying degree of regularity. We are aware of some bands meeting weekly, some monthly and some that have hardly met at all. With the COVID-19 situation in France evolving rapidly – a month-long […]

The Ballad of How MacPherson Held The Floor

The Ballad of How MacPherson Held The Floor

Today is World Poetry Day. It is a day first declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999 and its purpose is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. It was formerly marked in October but was moved to […]

Willie Ross and the Prince / PPBSO summer school

Willie Ross and the Prince / PPBSO summer school

After our post last week on Henry Forsyth, we received this interesting newspaper cutting. It is from the Daily Mirror and is dated February 14, 1913. The caption states: “By his own desire, the Prince of Wales is learning to play the bagpipes, and is making good progress with what […]

CLASP profile: James Carnegie

CLASP profile: James Carnegie

James Carnegie is the latest member of the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) to be profiled: • Where are you from and how did you get into piping?Edinburgh (although I now live in Cambridge). My uncle plays and from an early age I wanted to learn the pipes. […]

Tribute to the pipers of Bergen-Belsen

Tribute to the pipers of Bergen-Belsen

Regular readers may recall our story last July about Branko Lustig. As a 10-year-old boy, Branko, a Croatian Jew, had been imprisoned at Auschwitz and later at Bergen-Belsen during the Second World War. Branko went on to have a successful career in the movie industry and, in fact, in 1994 […]

Cowal cancelled; virtual event planned

Cowal cancelled; virtual event planned

For the second year running, Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG) has been cancelled. The Board met today and took the decision in light of the continuing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CHG chairman, Ronnie Cairns said: “This was the announcement no-one wanted to make, but in order to protect the safety of competitors, […]