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The Spirit of Scotland continued to perform well in Grade 1 gaining 4th place in the UK Championships in Belfast on the 11th of June followed by a 6th place in the European championships in Forres on the 25th of June. The band is playing RJM polypenco band chanters.
The newly reformed Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band placed 5th at the British Championships in Paisley on the 21st May 2016. This was the band’s first appearance in competition since 2008.
Congratulations to Inveraray and District who were placed 1st. The results and summaries can be found at www.rspba.org
Congratulations to Nick Hudson on his recent success winning the Overall prize against a strong field of top level competitors in the annual William Livingstone Sr. Memorial Piping competition held in Hamilton, Ontario.
Playing his RJM solo chanter Nick was placed 1st in the Piobaireachd playing “Lament for the Laird of Anapool” – a very testing piece. Nick was 3rd place in the March, Strathspey, Reel, Hornpipe & Jig section.
The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band is reforming for 2016 under the leadership of Pipe Major Roddy Macleod and Leading Drummer Jim Kilpatrick.
The band will be competing at all five major pipe band championships during the 2016 season.
The latest mp3 to be added to the tunes section is “The Massacre of Glencoe”. Recorded live at the Clan Donald Quaich competition in June 2015. This tune is performed in the style written in the Donald MacDonald manuscript.
On the 24th of October 2015, Roddy MacLeod was placed 3rd overall at the 2015 Glenfiddich Championships with a 2nd place in the MSR and 3rd place in the Piobaireachd. Congratulations to Angus MacColl who was Overall winner and to Stuart Liddell who was runner-up.
On the 31st of October 2015, Roddy MacLeod won his 7th Bratach Gorm and 8th Overall London Championship. These prizes were won by Roddy using the RJM Solo Chanter.
Since launching my RJM Solo and Band chanters a couple of years ago there has been a fantastic response with much positive comment. However, when you receive constructive comments for possible improvements it is important to listen. One such comment I have had was about the spacing between the Low A and B hole on the solo chanter with some people finding it a bit of a stretch.
I have taken that on board and now made some small modifications to the chanter which have eradicated the spacing issue making the chanter very comfortable to play, even for those with smaller hands. I am delighted with the result!
So far, I have received 100% approval from those who have tried regarding the comfort of the chanter now.
I have also recently launched a B flat chanter which will shortly be available from this website
Roddy MacLeod won the Piping Live! Masters competition on the 10th of August. Roddy won on a Piobaireachd preference winning 1st prize in that event with the tune “The Earl of Ross’s March”. This tune can be downloaded from this site.
On Wednesday 12th August 2015 I will be launching my new B flat Ensemble chanter as part of an RJM chanters showcase event at Piping Live! Street Cafe@2.00pm. Will be showcasing all 3 chanters – solo, band and Ensemble chanters. Performances from a quartet of The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and solo spots from Calum Iain Brown and Callum Watson. Finlay Macdonald and Matt MacIsaac will play the new B flat chanter with guest musicians.