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LBPS at the Festival Fringe- Edinburgh

Dansing and Pyping thru the Toun - an introduction to Scotland's forgotten bagpipes

The event was a great success - more or less full house

thanks to all who took part. Now for the Colloquium on Monday...

St Cecilia's Hall, Cowgate, Edinburgh

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Carlos Nunez plays pastoral pipes

Carlos Nunez playing 'The Football March' from Geoghegan's 1740 tutor on a set of pastoral pipes made by Jon Swayne, at a concert with Phil Pickett at Celtic Connections

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Border Piping Teaching Day

Border Piping Teaching Day

Photo of Matt Seattle

with Chris Ormston and Matt Seattle
Gordon Arms, Yarrow Valley, Selkirk TD7 5LE Tel: 01750 82261
Sat 20th May, 2017 10am - 5pm
A rare opportunity to study Border tunes, techniques and style from a cross-Border perspective.
Chris and Matt, who between them have been immersed in the music of the Border for more than 70 years, will concentrate on music which is suitable for both Border pipes and Scottish smallpipes (i.e. 9-note tunes). Matt will also - if there is a demand - explore some of the repertoire which asks a little more from the Border chanter.

Please bring Border or Scottish smallpipes in A.

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Lennoxlove Concert Videos

Cairdeas nam Piobairean. The Piper’s Club of Scotland.
Lennoxlovfe Great Hall, August, 2011

Videos of last sunday's concert are now available

I f you have trouble viewing the videos, visit the lbps youtube channel HERE

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Teaching Weekend Tutors Peebles 2016

All our tutors this year are new to the Teaching weekend, so we thought you might like to meet them. They represent some of the leading pipers of the younger generation and we are greatly looking forward to their contributions.

Alana MacInnes

Hailling from South Uist, Alana MacInnes is a piper and whistle player. She plays the highland pipes as well as the smallpipes. Alana completed an HNC in traditional music at Lews Castle College, Benbecula under the guidance of Anna-Wendy Stevenson and Iain MacDonald. Following this she then went on to acquire a Gàidhlig and Music degree at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s unique Gàidhlig college.

Alana is a regular teacher at various fèisean and at the Scots Music Group. She is currently playing with Scottish trio Canach with mostly self-penned tunes and songs. Together the trio have a range of performances under their belt and have supported many of Scotland’s leading musicians including the Simon Bradley Trio, Mairearad Green & Anna Massie and Kathleen MacInnes & Fiona Hunter. The trio have recently released a self titled EP. In 2014, Alana appeared at the 42nd Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland.

Iain and Mary McGillivray (fiddle) and Alana MacInnes

Iain and Mary McGillivray (fiddle) and Alana MacInnes (pipes) rehearse before performing in the end of week Grand Concert. 2014

David Shedden

David, now 23 [dec 2014], learned to play through lessons here at The National Piping Centre from the age of 9. Since those early days, David went on to study with many different pipers including piping legend, Donald MacPherson. He graduated this year in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
David is a regular competitor at solo piping events throughout Scotland and enjoys considerable success. Over the last few years he has become a regular competitor at the prestigious Silver Medal competition at both the Northern Meeting and the Argyllshire Gathering.

Concours International de Pibroc'h (Piobaireachd) organisé par Le Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2015

Callum Armstrong:

Callum has been making quite an impression on the piping scene, not just in Soctland but elsewhere in Europe as well. The following his taken from his website callumarmstronmg.co.uk
Scottish piping like you never imagined it;
" a highly developed technique; innovation in instrument design and construction; and a radical and contemporary approach to composition that goes far beyond the usual sets of jigs and reels"

[Colin Blakey, The Waterboys]

"I studied recorder at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and I am a classically trained musician. I performed as a soloist with Trinity Baroque Orchestra during the London Handel Festival. For three consecutive years I won the Beryl Maggs Award for recorder and in my final year was awarded the Silver Medal for Early Music.
As a piper, I perform with Godalming, The Royal British Legion and Help the Heroes Brass Bands. I have performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as guest soloist and appeared in Steven Spielberg’s film ‘War Horse’. I regularly work with Ceillidh Bands, I play at ceremonial occasions and special events.

This year I won the solo bagpipe competition at Chateau d’ Ars playing my own compositions, and the solo, composition, and bagpipe duo categories at the Lowland and Border Piper’s Society’s Annual Competition playing the smallpipes.I have recently been developing with Julian Goodacre.

LBPS Teaching Events 2017

LBPS Teaching Events 2017 

In a break from the traditional annual teaching weekend, the Society will next year be offering a number of teaching days and weekends in various locales, on specific topics. Details and booking will be available in the New Year, but advance notices of the first two are detailed below.

Peebles Collogue Lowland music workshop

If you’re planning on attending my workshop at the LBPS Collogue Saturday afternoon, Nov 7th then you might want to take a look at the music I’ve linked to..

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Pibroch Teaching Event

Pibroch Teaching Event 

with Allan Macdonald and Barnaby Brown
Wooley High Hall, Allendale NE47 9AH
Fri (eve) 7th - Sun 9th April, 2017 
Following on from the enthusiastic reception for the presentations these two leading authorities gave at this year's Collogue, we have invited them to host a two-day teaching event to explore Coel Mor (and a little Ceol Beg) on smallpipes.

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New Beginners’ smallpipes class - Edinburgh

 beginning 10th September, 2014

For anyone interested in learning to play scottish smallpipes, the Edinburgh based Scots Music Group is offering a class for beginners.  Taught by Ben Miller the class will begin on Wednesday 10th September, at Boroughmuir High School, between 7.00 and 9.00 pm and run for 12 weeks. 

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