The Littlefield Celtic Center

Our good friends with the Celtic Arts Foundation in Mt. Vernon, Washington have produced a video about their now completed Littlefield Celtic Center. The Center has become a key location for public performances from some of the world’s great Celtic performers including many from the Pacific Northwest.  Enjoy! The Littlefield Celtic Center

Gandy, Bevan and Knichel capture top solo awards at BCPA 88th Annual Gathering

Halifax piper Bruce Gandy has clinched the BC Pipers’ Association MacCrimmon Memorial Cairn and Medal as the winner of the Open Piobaireachd and the Mary MacLeod Collins Memorial Trophy for the Open piping aggregate at the 2021 Annual Gathering, held online April 2 & 3, 2021. This was Gandy’s eighth win of “The Cairn” at…

Zoom Meeting link for 2021 BCPA Annual Gathering Awards Ceremony and Ceilidh

Eager Annual Gathering Online Competitor calls steward at 3:00am

BC Pipers’ Association steward Ken Stratychuk says he received an unusual call early Saturday morning, April 3. His phone rang at 3:00 am, with a UK competitor all ready to play at the BCPA Annual Gathering – eight hours early. “In fact, it rang three times, then went to text” says Stratychuk, who thought it…

Looking for photos!

The BCPA is looking for photos of competitors in the recent 88th BCPA Annual Gathering, held April 3, 2021. Please send us a photo taken by the competitor or photos taken of the competitor while recording or competing from home or elsewhere. This will assist the BCPA in marking this unique event in the long…

2021 Annual Gathering Awards Ceremony & Ceilidh

Registration is now underway for the 2021 BCPA Annual Gathering Awards Ceremony & Ceilidh, Saturday, April 17 starting at 6:30 pm (Pacific Time). The free, online Zoom event begins with BCPA Life Member Bill Elder announcing the winners from the Easter weekend annual gathering competition, followed by a ceilidh hosted by BCPA directors Mike Chisholm…

Adjudicators for the 88th BCPA Annual Gathering

Chris Armstrong is regularly featured in the prize lists on the solo competition piping scene with his most notable result being a Gold Medal win at the prestigious Northern Meeting Piping Competitions. He is now a senior judge for the Solo Piping Judges Association. Chris was appointed the Pipe Major of the Scottish Power Pipe…

BCPA President’s 88th Annual Gathering Message

I want to welcome all participants to the 88th BC Piper’s Association Annual Gathering.  It is great that we can still participate and grow the music we love to play. I wish all the competitors the best of luck and look forward to congratulating the winners at the awards ceremony on April 17, prior to…

REMINDER – UPDATED Important Instructions on Preparing and Submitting Videos for the 2021 BCPA Online Annual Gathering

On the morning of April 1, the following reminder message was emailed directly to 2021 BCPA Online Annual Gathering registered competitors. It is reproduced here in case the competitors did not receive the email. This is a reminder of several important items for you to be aware of in your preparations for the 2021 BCPA…

The Piobaireachd Society Meeting

In lieu of this year’s Piobaireachd Society Conference, the first of the society’s online papers will be presented on Wednesday, March 31 at 8pm BST (GMT+1). The presenter will be long time society member John Shone, who will be speaking about ‘The Boys Brigade and its Contribution to Piping and Piobaireachd’. John’s talk will feature…

Prizes Announced for 88th BCPA Annual Gathering

As the 88th British Columbia Pipers’ Association Annual Gathering takes place, a number of companies and individuals have donated prizes for winners. Piping Hot Tuition:  A tuition scholarship to the 2021 Piping Hot Summer Drummer Summer School (donated by Piping Hot Summer Drummer) will be awarded to the Most Promising Piper as jointly determined by…

Duncan Johnstone Concert 2021

In March 2020, the annual Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition was one of the first piping events to be cancelled as the effects of the pandemic took hold. With the event postponed for a second year due to the continuing government restrictions, The National Piping Centre has created a new event to celebrate the life…