When two of the world’s greatest pipers extricate themselves from one of the world’s top solo contests in part allegedly due to the judging, it sends a strong message that competitions should in fact be run for competitors, not judges. This news would have relevance later in the year.
A blaze that broke out in the small hours of the morning decimated a large part of the RSPBA’s 45 Washington Street, Glasgow, headquarters. It would be chalked up to a heating system that looked like something out of the Victorian-era. The association is reportedly close to deciding to relocate to an altogether new permanent location.
We said goodbye to one of the greats of North American piping, and a true gentleman ambassador of the art worldwide.
The CITES restrictions on the use of African blackwood finally settled out with new paperwork established for UK-based bagpipe-makers. The added hassle and expense is now simply a part of the business, but environment-conscious customers can take comfort knowing that their new instruments meet conservation guidelines.
The legendary five-time World’s winning pipe-major of the Edinburgh City Police sadly left us.