Saturday 18th March 2017

On Saturday 18th March the SPSL held its annual Members’ Competition & Recital at The Caledonian Club in Central London.  Callum Beaumont judged the competition during the day and delivered an excellent recital in the evening.

SPSL committee member Stephen Cussen was an excellent host for the day’s event.  The event ran smoothly and Stephen announced the winners in plenty of time for the rugby fans to watch the England vs. Ireland match!

Competition Results

Amateur Piobaireachd

1st Lachlan Macdonald (Glengarry’s Lament)
2nd Len Durham (The Groat)
3rd Colin Taylor (Corrienessan’s Salute)

Open Piobaireachd

1st Jamie Forrester (MacDougall’s Gathering)
2nd Andrew Hall (Lament for Ronald Macdonald of Morar)
3rd Michael Fitzhenry (The King’s Taxes)


Amateur March, Strathspey & Reel

1st Len Durham
2nd Lachlan Macdonald
3rd Colin Taylor

Open March

1st Jamie Forrester
2nd Michael Fitzhenry
3rd Andrew Hall


Open Strathspey & Reel

1st Andrew Hall
2nd Michael Fitzhenry
3rd Jamie Forrester


Open Jig

1st Michael Fitzhenry
2nd Jamie Forrester
3rd Andrew Hall
4th Len Durham


The evening recital was a very enjoyable and friendly occasion.  Guests were seated in the impressive Johnnie Walker function room where we were treated to a supper of haggis, neeps and tatties.  It was a convivial atmosphere where society members and friends enjoyed a very pleasant meal listening to top quality piping.

Callum is at the top of his game after his recent successes at the Metro Cup and the Uist & Barra and he displayed his excellence and versatility with a wide range of tunes.  His piobaireachd for the evening was Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Salute which was really quite appropriate given that we were next door to Buckingham Palace!

During the interval Stephen Cussen told us a little bit about the City of London Pipes and Drums.  Stephen is a driving force in that organisation which is led by Pipe Major Iain Westgate.  They are doing a significant amount of teaching across London and the South East area for both piping and drumming and deserve significant credit for this investment in learning and development.

As society president I was particularly pleased to see a number of new faces join our established members in making it a very enjoyable day.  Enclosed is a photo taken at the prize giving in the Morrison Room.  The portrait in the background is of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and he looks very satisfied with the day’s events!

A special mention is due for young piper James O’Connor.  James started piping in the Air Cadets three years ago and is now piping with the City of London.  At the end of the evening recital James addressed the gathering and on behalf of the SPSL thanked Callum for the excellent recital.  James’s comments were warmly applauded by all present.

Thank you to everyone who supported the SPSL in this successful event.

The Society is also looking forward to the Annual London Competition in November and a number of additional volunteers have joined the team this winter.   Preparations are well under way and being driven by a team which includes Mrs. Jackie Roberts, Mrs. Annie Broderick, Billy Wardrope, Callum Galleitch, Michael Fitzhenry, Stephen Cussen and myself.  I expect to confirm details of this year’s London Competition in the next few weeks.  One certainty this year is that acting on feedback from last year there will be bar and catering refreshments available throughout the day to ensure the social activities of the gathering are fully restored!

October 30, 2013

The Great Highland Bagpipe is a unique instrument which, to play properly, requires plenty of expert tuition.
The Scottish Piping Society of London is a charitable organisation and we offer the following classes.


Subject to the availability of tutors, our Members who are beginners are currently being offered weekly lessons in Central London. As pipers advance beyond this level the Society can guide the individuals towards appropriate tutors and bands who can help them progress.


Tuition at an advanced level is available by arrangement. It is expected this is targeted at experienced pipers seeking to progress at the professional standard (B and C levels). Places are limited.


For any further advice on lessons or how to improve your skills, please contact us via our Facebook and Twitter links.

SPSL Year Membership

SPSL Year Membership

SPSL Yearly Membership that will run from time of purchase until the following January. Please remember to include the details asked below so that we may send you your SPSL membership badges. Thanks.

Price: £20.00

Please enter Name, Postal Address, Email and Phone number below:

London Competition

July 2, 2016

The 77th Annual London Competition

Information Page

This year marks the 77th event which will once again be held at the Kensington Conference & Events Centre in London.  The date for this year’s event is Saturday 5th November 2016. We hope all the information you need as a spectator or competitor is below. How do I enter ? How do I get there ? How much is it to enter ? All of these questions will be answered below, but where you are unsure, please email us any time on as we are here to help with whatever it is you need.


NB:  please note that the format for the Bratach Gorm will revert to the usual playing requirements where competitors submit seven tunes of their own choice.


Please see the sections below regarding all you need to know about the event. We look forward to seeing competitors and spectators join us for what will be another fantastic event this year and we are hoping it will be bigger than ever!

Piping Competition Entry Details

Can I enter by post ?

Yes. Postal entries are perfectly fine. Find below the PDF printable versions. Please ensure you include all the details as layed out on the form :



Can I enter online ?

Yes. Click here to enter online.


Rules : Closing date for entries this year are on the 11th September 2016 but we will announce when the entry process opens.  Entries will only be included in the draw once payment has been received and tunes have been submitted!


How much does it cost to enter ?

Entry fees will be £10 per event (Juveniles are Free!)


Travel Details


Travel Information

Nearest tube station – Kensington High Street


London Underground

Circle or District Line to High Street Kensington, out through the arcade onto Kensington High Street, cross the High Street and walk straight up Hornton Street approximately 100 yards. The Town Hall Conference and Events Centre is on the left hand side.


Local Bus Routes

(Alight at Kensington High Street/Wrights Lane junction) numbers: 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 328, C1. Alternatively 52 or 70 at Kensington Church Street.


Car Parking

There is a public car park immediately below the Town Hall. Enter Campden Hill Road from Kensington High Street. Turn first right into Phillimore Walk. Turn immediately left down the entrance ramp to the car park. Additional public car parks are also available at the Royal Garden Hotel (Kensington High Street) and in Young Street.

About Us

October 30, 2013


How do I contact the SPSL ?


The best way to get in touch with the society is via our email address :  Someone will respond to your questions or comments as soon as possible.



Are the SPSL using social media ?


Yes. The SPSL have an active Facebook and Twitter account. Those can also be accessed via the links on our Home page.

About Us

October 30, 2013

How do I contact the SPSL ?

The best way to get in touch with the society is via our email address :  Someone will respond to your questions or comments as soon as possible.

Are the SPSL using social media ?

Yes. The SPSL have an active Facebook and Twitter account. Those can also be accessed via the links on our Home page.

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