And that’s a wrap!

A massive thank you to everyone involved in making Piping Live! 2018 happen – artists, staff, volunteers, sponsors, traders and, most importantly, you, our amazing audience. We hope you enjoyed the festival as much as we did. Here’s to 2019! #MomentsThatMatter

CLASP World Solo Piping Championship: Grade 1 Results

Grade 1 – Piobaireachd
1st Andrew Park
2nd Robert Wilson

3rd Stephen Ross

Grade 1 – MSR
1st Stephen Ross
2nd Charles Morris
3rd David MacKenzie

Grade 1 Hornpipe and Jig
1st Graham Farr
2nd Stewart Gaudin
3rd Stephen Ross
Overall Winner – Stephen Ross, pictured receiving a new trophy called Dr Colin Caird Quaich from Francis Bullick (Dr Caird’s daughter) in memory of her late father. Tom Speirs spoke to the crowd, in a packed street cafe, about the Dr. whom he knew personally.

Pipe Idol 2018: Hamish Reade

Congratulations to Hamish Reade, who was crowned Pipe Idol 2018 following a fiercely contested final yesterday evening. He was presented with a set of Reelpipes as his prize, courtesy of event sponsor Fred Morrison Pipes. Also competing in the final were Luke Kennedy, Douglas Mair and Anna Smart.


PM Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge: Order of Play

Order of Play

1. Callum Beaumont
2. Stuart Liddell
3. Alex Gandy
4. Angus MacColl

Doors for tonight’s concert open at 7pm and the last remaining tickets are available from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Box Office – get them before they’re gone!

Pipe Idol Grand Final

Pipe Idol contestant Calum Carn. Photo Credit: Alister Sinclair (via pipes | drums)

One of the most hotly anticipated events of Piping Live!, Pipe Idol sees talented young pipers from around the world compete head to head to take home the title and a set of Reelpipes from our sponsor Fred Morrison Pipes.

Following four tough rounds of competition, Luke Kennedy, Douglas Mair, Hamish Reade and Anna Smart have qualified for today’s Grand Final. Who will be crowned Pipe Idol 2018? Join us in the Strathclyde Suite at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 5pm to find out!

Pipe Idol Grand Final – Event Information

Buchanan Street Pipe Band Performances

This week we’ve seen performances on Buchanan Street from pipe bands including Manawatu Scottish, Fountain Trust, Royal Army of Oman and Brisbane Boys College but we’re not done yet! We’ve still got another two days to go, and we’d love for you to join us. Pipe Bands will play at three points on Buchanan Street: the Concert Hall Steps (first stop at the time specified below), Fiveways at TGI Fridays and concluding in St Enoch Square. Still to come this week…

Thursday 15th August

12noon   Toronto Fire Pipes & Drums, Toronto, Canada.
1:00pm   St Andrew’s College Pipe Band, Christchurch, New Zealand
2:00pm   The Pipers Trail, a collective from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
3:00pm   Bagad Brieg Pipe Band, Brittany, France.

Friday 16th August

2:00pm   Ryan Russell Memorial Pipe Band
3:00pm   Murrumba Pipes and Drums, Queensland, Australia

Please note that events and artists may change at short notice due to the weather conditions. If this happens, any changes to the schedule will be announced via Twitter.

Field Marshal Montgomery win 2018 International Quartet Competition









Congratulations to Field Marshal Montgomery, who won the 2018 International Quartet Competition last night! Playing to a sold out audience in the Strathclyde Suite of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, eight bands each played a Medley and MSR, with secret judges deciding the outcome.

Also competing were: Inveraray & District (2017 Champions), Glasgow Police, Johnstone, People’s Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia, Manawatu Scottish, New Zealand Police, and Simon Fraser University. Thanks to RT Shepherd & Son for sponsoring last night’s competition.

CLASP World Solo Piping Championship: Grade 2 Results

Full results from the CLASP Grade 2 World Solo Amateur Piping Competition at Piping Live!

Grade 2 Overall Winner – Jennifer Westphal, pictured with Gordon Bruce (Judge)

1st Evan Wrage
2nd Jennifer Westphal
3rd David MacKenzie

2/4 March
1st Jennifer Westphal
2nd Stewart Allan
3rd Tyrone Heade

Strathspey and Reel
1st Jennifer Westphal
2nd Evan Wraga
3rd Stewart Allan

1st Jennifer Westphal
2nd Stewart Allan
3rd Tyrone Heade

The Grade 1 competition will be on tomorrow from 9.30am in the St Aloysius Convent Chapel, 62 Hill Street, Glasgow.

Masters Solo Piping Competition: Results

Piping Live! 2018 opened with the Masters Solo Piping Competition yesterday, with Stuart Liddell being awarded the Overall Title. Stuart Liddell gains an invitation to the 2018 Glenfiddich Piping Championship in October. Jack Lee won the Piobaireachd, gaining an invitation to the 2019 Silver Chanter next August.

Full Results:


4th Angus MacColl – MacLean of Pennycross, Susan MacLeod, Pretty Marion
3rd Finlay Johnston – Inverlochy Castle, The Islay Ball, The Rejected Suitor
2nd Willie McCallum – John MacFadyen of Melfort, The Cameronian Rant, Roddy MacDonald’s Fancy
1st Stuart Liddell – Abercairney Highlanders, The Shepherd’s Crook, John Morrison of Assynt House


4th Alan Bevan – Salute to the Memorial Cairn at Borreraig
3rd Stuart Liddell – Mrs Smith’s Salute
2nd Iain Speirs – The Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck
1st Jack Lee – Colin Roy MacKenzie’s Lament

Overall Winner: Stuart Liddell

CLASP World Solo Piping Championship: Grade 3 Results

Here are the CLASP Grade 3 results from The World Solo Amateur Piping Competition at Piping Live! today. The grade 2 will be on tomorrow, from 9.30am, and Grade 1 on Wednesday, in the St. Aloysius Convent Chapel. 62 Hill Street, Glasgow.












Grade 3 CLASP results

Overall Winner and pictured above – James Piccione (New York) with judge Cameron Drummond.

Piobaireachd Ground

1st Stephen Ross Pack
2nd Dorothy Moodie
3rd Joris Panis

Full Piobaireachd

1st James Piccione
2nd Stephen Ross Pack
3rd Dorothy Moodie

2/4 March
1st James Piccione
2nd Megan Kenney
3rd Bill Copland

Strathspey and Reel
1st James Piccione
2nd Bill Copland
3rd Megan Kenney

1st James Piccione
2nd Bill Copland
3rd Lachlan MacDonald