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LBPS Annual Competition 2017

LBPS Annual Competition 2017

Sat 22nd April, 2017
The 2017 annual competition will be held in the Royal Scottish Pipers' Society rooms in Rose Street, Edinburgh, with the usual range of classes. This is a unique occasion in the world of piping; it is welcoming, friendly and exists to encourage pipers, young, seasoned, novice and accomplished to hone their performance and present their music.
Details of how to enter the 'Overseas' class, and all other information, will be available on the website in the New Year.

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 here is advance notice of the first two:

Pibroch Teaching Event

with Allan Macdonald and Barnaby Brown
Wooley High Hall, Allendale NE47 9AH
7th-8th April, 2017 (to be confirmed)
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.
Dates are provisional but will be confirmed in the New Year.

Border Piping Teaching Day

with Chris Ormston and Matt Seattle
Gordon Arms, Yarrow Valley, Selkirk TD7 5LE
Sat 20th May, 2017
Another spin-off from this year's Collogue, Chris and Matt will explore Border pipe tunes and techniques, suitable for players of both Border pipes and Scottish smallpipes.


LBPS CD 'Reclaimed'

LBPS CD 'Reclaimed'

The LBPS CD 'Reclaimed'  is now avaialble at the LBPS shop.

This is an exciting new venture for the Society; produced by Iain MacInnes and Hamish Moore, it contains 17 tracks, including specially recorded perforamnaces and some 'historical' archive recordings.
The CD is now available from the LBPS shop here:Reclaimed



2016 Collogue Livestream

LBPS Annual Collogue, 2016

November 5th, College of Piping

16-24 Otago Street, Glasgow, G12 8JH

The Collogue will be available to view until November 18th

ftom the live-stream link on the College of Piping website;



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.

Annual Competition 2016 results

Results now available

Sound files are now available; thanks to John Bushby for editing


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..


Barga School of Scots Music, Song and Dance

Barga School of Scots Music, Song and Dance

Register and book your place at the Barga event (19th-23rd September 2016).



2015 Collogue Programme

Full details of the programme for the 2015 Collogue at Peebles Nov 6th-8th
are now available here; Click the read more link:

For Booking form and accommodation information click HERE