From the President of the Pinstripe Highlanders:
A very warm welcome from the Pinstripe Highlanders.
We are an amateur piping society, founded in 1971 as a meeting place for pipers who would like to meet socially in London and play pipe music together in a friendly, convivial and non-pressured environment. We meet weekly on a Tuesday evening in Central London.
Our members and former members include a number of accomplished pipers, but also many who are at some point within a 'get back into piping' phase in their piping careers. Every so often we have a complete beginner who would like to spend one evening a week talking, listening and learning about piping. All are welcome.
We focus our efforts each year on a performance at the Highland Society of London's annual Highland Ball, but we also play periodically at other events and have piping dinners in London and Edinburgh where the 'Southern Echelon' reunites with the 'Northern Echelon' (of Pinstripe Highlanders who have returned to Scotland).
We are also fortunate to have received tuition over the years from many accomplished tutors, starting with the famous Pipe Major John Roe of the Scots Guards for the first two decades from 1971, and over the past few years from successive Pipers to the Sovereign.
If you are interested in some convivial evenings talking about and playing the pipes, please do make contact via the form at the bottom of this website.
The Pinstripe Highlanders wear navy and white diced hose, with red flashes
The Pinstripe Bratach is worn by the Pipe Major
The Wrenbury Bratach is worn by the Pipe Sergeant
At its core, the Pinstripe Highlanders are simply a group of people who meet socially to play the pipes in London.
We meet weekly on a Tuesday evening, currently at St Cyprian's Church near Baker St., with an hour of practice chanters, an hour of piping, then an hour (or more!) in a nearby pub.
As we are a piping society and not a pipe band, there is no obligation to attend regularly (although many do), and we cater for all ability levels.
There are always two or three people who haven't played since school and perhaps are 'starting over' - they come to be a part of the social side and to get free tutoring. They can avoid being put on the spot with the practice chanter, then stay on the practice chanter while others pipe, as they learn/relearn.
If you would like to get back into piping, there is certainly no need to wait or get to a certain level before attending!
The main performance of the Pinstripe Highlander year is in early March, when we play at the interval of the Highland Society of London's annual Highland Ball.
Led by our Pipe Major, we play to march on, play a set of five tunes, and then play to march off again.
We pick the set in the early autumn, to give everyone plenty of time to learn the tunes!
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