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Here you will find the most extensive range of related merchandise and resources including music, history and technical assistance, as well as all the latest news and details of forthcoming events.
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A welcome update to this ongoing tale.
We are delighted to report that the piper's head has been found and plans are being re-invigorated to restore this unique item of Scottish cultre to its former glory.
An early setting of the tune, but one of the finest - David Young's Tail Toddle from the Duke of Perth MS 1734
Hamish Moore, immediate past Chairman of LBPS, was recently inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. You can read about his achievement HERE
Do you have a set of smallpipes, currently unused, gathering dust under a bed or in an attic?
Would you be willing to make these available, on loan, hire or sale, to an aspiring beginner in our music?
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.
We are very sorry to announce the death of Jim Buchanan, who died after a brief illness on August 1st. Jim served tirelessly on the LBPS Committee for many years, both as secretary and Chairman. He attended nearly all the Society’s events and was much loved by all who met him; his warmth, geniality, wit and enthusiasm were infectious. He was happily married to Ann and was enormously proud of their three daughters and their grand children. He will be sadly missed.
It's taken rather a long while, for various reasons, but here are performances of the winning tunes in last year's Anniversary New Music Competition
The notation for these is published in Common Stock for December 2013 and in the LBPS publication '30 Years of LBS Tunes' available HERE
The growing numbers of pipers playing bellows pipes across the UK and beyond has resulted in a renewed interest in the idea of the formation of local groups to meet together for playing, sharing experience and general encouragement.
This new publication from the Society includes not only all the entries to this year's New Music competition, but also a selection of tunes composed during the past 30 years.
Applications are invited for the Spring 2015 awards of the LBPS development grants. Thes grants were introduced in the spring of 2012 for the financial support of projects which will advance the Society’s aims, viz. the promotion of Lowland / Border music and the playing of cauld wind pipes. Awards will be considered on April 11th and should be submitted to arrive by April 3rd.
We are delighted to announce the results of the 30th Anniversary New Music Competition. Results were first announced at the Peebles Collogue where the first two winning entries were performed by their composers [the thrid prize went to the USA]
First prize: Gary West - 'The Jedburgh Ba' Game'
Second prize: Paul Roberts - 'The Gin Drinker's Dream'
Third Prize: Craig Hohm - 'The Waterdog'.
Sound files of these available soon.
Thanks to a development grant from the LBPS, the Common Stock Archive is now text-searchable.
This resource comprises all 30 years of the Journal, as well as the three 'Supplements' issued in the first few years.
Two videos of Callum playing polyphony on the Scottish smallpipe double chanter.
The first is the tune he played at this year's collogue. The second is the tune published in the current issue of Common Stock together with the article on 'Expanding the Scottish Smallpipe'