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The RSPBANI Branch is inviting tenders for Branch Competitions 2016.

Interested Caterers please fill in the attached form and send to RSPBANI, Unit 34, Crescent Business Park, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT28 2GN. Closing date for applications is Monday 14th March 2016.

Latest News

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 11 February 2016 1:15 PM

Cromkill Pipe Band from Kells in Co Antrim are hoping to reform and they currently require equipment. Any band selling equipment can they please contact Barbara by email: barbara502@btinternet.com 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 8 February 2016 4:54 PM

Please see attached image regarding tuition classes at Ballyboley Pipe Band

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 1 February 2016 10:23 AM

Launch of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch President’s Charity, Tuesday 26th January, 2016

Winston Pinkerton President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch, (RSPBANI) has chosen the British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI) for the 2016 Pipe Band Championships season.

In choosing this charity Mr Pinkerton said “Quite a number of pipe band personnel, myself included, have required cardiac medical help through surgery, medication and advice for various reasons and we are most grateful for the excellent cardiac care now available. The Pipe Band fraternity in Northern Ireland tragically lost two young male members of the Pipe Band movement due to heart disease, 38 year old Andrew Duncan, (Bready Ulster-Scots Pipe Band) and more recently Derek Walker, (Manorcunningham Pipe Band). The RSPBANI President’s Charity is one way that we can raise funds to increase awareness and treatment to fight heart disease”.

Continuous research which increases the available skilled surgery requires much needed financial input. The BHF are the nation's heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but BHF are leading the fight against it. Their pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.  BHF work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK's fight against heart disease.

BHF NI fundraising manager Gary Wilson said, “Everyday ten people in Northern Ireland die from heart disease. This is too many families facing the sudden devastation of losing a loved one. We are delighted the President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch has chosen to support us and help fund new discoveries in the fight for every heartbeat.

“Through 50 years of science we have contributed to breakthroughs including advances in pacemakers, transplant surgery and the development of cholesterol lowering statins. We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary ways people like you fundraise for BHF NI. Every contribution, big or small, plays a crucial part in every breakthrough we make so we are incredibly grateful for your support. “

Pictured L - R  Gary Wilson (BHF Fundraising Manager, Northern Ireland), Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President) and Ian Burrows (RSPBANI Project Manager) pictured at the launch of the RSPBANI President’s Charity 2016 on Tuesday 26th January. Photo credit - John Kelly

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 31 January 2016 9:02 PM



April 16th

Ulster Solos

May 14th

North Down Championships - Bangor

May 28th

Co Fermanagh - Championships

June 4th

Mid-Ulster Championships Cookstown

June 18th

Craigavon and District - Championships

July 16th

County Antrim Championships - Glenarm

July 23rd

Ulster Championships - Antrim

August 6th

Lisburn City and Castlereagh Championships - Lisburn

August 20th

North West Championships - Portrush


All Ireland Solos

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 31 January 2016 8:56 PM

Moving on Music presents a tour starting next week with Celtic piping champions Ross Ainslie (Scotland, highland pipes, border pipes) and Jarlath Henderson (NI, uilleann pipes). The trio play a mix of Scottish and Irish traditional music along with original music and songs. Please see attached our tour flyer with full info – feel free to circulate to anyone you think may be interested via email/social media.


Wed 3rd Feb – Ballymoney Town Hall, 8pm. Tickets £9/7, 028 2766 0230

Thurs 4th Feb – Black Box, Belfast, 8.30pm. Tickets £13/10, http://www.movingonmusic.com

Fri 5th Feb – Market Place Theatre, Armagh, 8pm. Tickets £13/11, http://www.marketplacearmagh.com

Sat 6th Feb – Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, 8pm. Tickets £12/10, http://www.downartscentre.com

Sun 7th Feb – An Coire, Maghera, 8pm. Tickets £10/5, 028 7954 9978

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Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland's finest pipers and composers, was a member the Grade 1 Vale of Atholl Pipe Band where he was mentored by the legendary piper Gordon Duncan. He has performed with an array of artists, is a founding member of the acclaimed Treacherous Orchestra, has been nominated for a range of awards and has recently won Trad Composer of the Year at the Scot Trad Music Awards. Within this trio setting he performs on a mix of border pipes and whistles.

Jarlath, originally from Tyrone, grew up learning uilleann pipes with the Armagh Pipers Club. He was the first NI musician to win the prestigious BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year, and is a three time All-Ireland Champion uilleann piper. He performs regularly with musicians such as Salsa Celtica and Capercaille and has recorded with the likes of Cara Dillion. 

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 28 January 2016 7:10 PM

Please see attached image for details of upcoming concert in the Burnavon Theatre on the 5th February 2016

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 25 January 2016 11:53 AM

Please see attached image for details of a Boy's Brigade Fundraising Concert being held on Saturday 27th February 2016 in Holy Trinity Church, Prospect Road, Carrickfergus at 7-30pm. Tickets priced £5 are available from any Boy's Brigade Captain or by calling 028 9268 8444.

The Concert Artists are Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band and Ballyclare Male Voice Choir.

Posted in Branch News by Ian Burrows on 15 January 2016 2:03 PM

The Music Service for Pipes and Drums (MSPD) are hosting an Awards Night on the 30th January, 2016, 8pm  in Corick House Hotel, Augher.

The evening will begin with a performance by world renowned piper Fred Morrison followed by a brief presentation of awards followed by music by Juke Box Jurors.

Admission £15.00 to include finger buffet. 

Fred Morrison will be holding a workshop in the hotel at 2pm which is free to any ticket holders.

Tickets available from MSPD, 07729346832 or from the RSPBANI Branch Office, 02892670445.