The LBPS Collogue and AGM - 16th September 2023

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the LBPS!


The LBPS Collogue and AGM will be held on 16th September 2023 in the Burgh Halls in Linlithgow, West Lothian. The Burgh Halls are easily accessible and within a short walk of the train station. .

We hope that many people will come along and participate in what will be a very sociable and memorable 40th-anniversary event.

There will be a lot of playing time, too, so please bring your pipes. 

The entrance fee is £20 and will include tea and coffee and a tasty lunch at the venue. There will be a variety of dishes on the menu and the choices will be shown on the Collogue booking form. Please make your selection when you book.
The bar will be open to accompany lunch etc.; and during lunch, we hope to have a performance and viewing of Donald Lindsay’s film-with-live-soundtrack:  How’ve You Been.

The booking form for the Collogue is available below.

The order for the day will be roughly as follows:

  • 10.00 Arrival: tea/coffee
  • 10.30 Convenor’s Welcome plus a mass playing of Colin Melville’s tune for the LBPS.
  • 10.45 The Early Years of the LBPS (including the history of College of Piping) – Jeannie Campbell in conversation with LBPS Convenor, Stuart Letford.
  • 11.30 Devising Harmonies – Matt Seattle on his approach to devising ingenious harmonies.
  • 12.15 Tea/coffee break
  • 12.30 Singing Whilst Piping – Judy Barker has long been acknowledged as a skilled exponent of singing whilst accompanying herself on smallpipes. She explains how she does it – and offers tips on how we could, too.
  • 13.15 Lunch and AGM
  • 14.15 The David Young mss – Pete Stewart explains why we need to know more about these often-overlooked manuscripts and why the LBPS is considering publishing them in book form next year.
  • 14.45 The Harmonic Nature of the Bagpipe – Bruce Hitchings MBE BEM is an authority on the harmonic dynamics of bagpipes and explains this often complicated subject to us. 
  • 15.30 Session for all: The set tunes for a mass session in the afternoon are: The Linlithgow March / Lord Randal and The Twa Corbies / Tail Toddle / The Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society / Chevy Chase / Belle Bergère (a French Valse) / Happy We’ve Been A’thegither.

The scores for the tunes are available here.

If you have any queries about the day, please do not hesitate to drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Collogue (includes lunch) £20.00
QTY Please use a separate booking for each person attending