This year’s LBPS competition again took place in The National Piping Centre West End Venue - Otago Street

Ian Findlay Mackay sent us a collection of photos of the event; he has also made a video of highlights which can be seen on the LBPS Forum FaceBook page and on the website.



Clockwise from top-left:
Matt receives the London Trophy for new composition from Janet Lowe.
Ian Gelston receives the Hamish Moore cup for solo border pipes;
Zexuan Qiao with the Heriot and Allan Quaich, Novice class
Andrew Mcintyre: Open solo smallpipes;

An unusual, if not unique, feature of this year’s competition was the presentation Julian Goodacre gave of his recently published collection ‘Some of Me Tunes’, which he had been invited to introduce. He gave an entertaining summary of the book and its contents, including the story of his family’s ‘Toy Theatre’ (see the photo below) and the revealing story that accompanies his tune ‘Earl Grey’. He was joined by Pete Stewart on fiddle to perform another of the 256 tunes in the book, ‘Mud Games’.
There will be a full review of this unique publication in the next issue of Common Stock, but you can read more, and buy the full-colour or black & white version from Julian’s website,



Gathering in the Competition Reception at Otago Street