By Jim Lawson A child prodigy and a composer of hundreds of pipe tunes, his talent and musical prowess took him all the way from the Inner Hebridean island of Raasay to the court of Queen Victoria where he became the first-ever piper to the Sovereign, a post which exists to this day. So when the present Queen Elizabeth decided… Read more →
2018 is the year for a couple of big anniversaries with the end of WW1 being marked in November. But before then there is the celebration of 100 years of the RAF. As part of a series of events being organised this year under the banner RAF100, a few of our guys travelled to RAF Brize Norton to take part in a massed band event for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
They joined pipers from as far away as Hong Kong along with bands from around the UK.
Thanks to the City of Leeds Pipe Band, Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer reporter Jim Jack was given a once-in-a-lifetime musical opportunity performing one stage with André Rieu. Here is his first-hand account of taking part in André Rieu’s Christmas concert at the First Direct Arena, Leeds on Friday, December 15. Read more →
As published by the College of Piping in the July 2017 edition: Pipers are being asked to take part in a unique and simple way to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War. The College of Piping is assisting Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, founder and pageantmaster with ‘Battle’s O’er – A Nation’s Tribute’. This will be a… Read more →
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Arthur’s uncle, Vortigern (Jude Law), seizes… Read more →
Further details about the once in a lifetime event taking place on Yorkshire’s railways later this month have been confirmed, with the historic occasion to begin at 06.00 on Sunday 23 April near the North Yorkshire village of Tollerton. With the eyes of the world watching, four trains spanning four generations will travel side by side, in the same direction, to… Read more →
In early April we took part in the unveiling of a new car at D M Keith Ltd in Leeds:
Not quite a harmony…but here is one of our pipers following our trip to Newcastle in support of the Scotland Team during the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
D.M. Keith York spared no expense with the £2.5 million redevelopment of their flagship ŠKODA & SEAT showrooms in York. To celebrate the launch Dougal Keith Managing Director invited members of the public to join him and senior management from ŠKODA & SEAT UK, for a spectacular evening of entertainment, food, prizes, a special unveiling and a fireworks finale. City of Leeds Pipe Band… Read more →
The dawn of 6th November 1605 saw stability restored following the exposure of those who plotted to assassinate King James I of England (King James VI of Scotland) and leading members of the Privy Council at the State Opening of Parliament the day before. Yet the evening of 6th November 2015 witnessed a far happier occasion on which Sassenachs and… Read more →