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Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 26 November 2020 2:07 PM

Explore our culture and what it means to YOU from the comfort of your own armchair ....

An inspiring set of talks presented to local people from across the Mid Ulster Council District will be able to fill the dark evenings by availing of a free series of talks over the next two weeks focused on cultural expression.

The talks will see speakers from across a wide spectrum, including Ian Burrows of the The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch, Derek Moore of the Londonderry Bands Forum, the lecturer, writer and musician Fintan Vallely, Peter Smith from Ulster University and Linda Ervine of the East Belfast Mission and cover topics around the shared heritage and culture in Mid Ulster.

The project will feature a series talks before Christmas and volunteer training workshops in the new year.

To register your interest in the talks or the training programme, contact
☎️ 028 8224 2777

(The project, which is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) within the Mid Ulster District Council)

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 24 November 2020 12:16 PM

Can any band secretary who has not received the Order Paper & Zoom Link for the AGM please email the secretary -

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 10 November 2020 3:22 PM

Piobaireachd Society Live-Streamed Recital

Sunday 29th November 2020

Interest in the playing of Piobaireachd has become very popular across the Irish piping scene however the current pandemic has stifled engagement whether it is through tuition, performance or competition. Students of the discipline will be pleased to learn that the Piobaireachd Society’s 2020 Recital is being live streamed on Sunday 29th November 2020 commencing at 7.30pm.

Four expert pipers, Angus MacColl, Iain Speirs, Sandy Cameron and Cameron MacDougall, will each play two piobaireachd, one in each half of the concert. The  tunes,  End  of  the  High  Bridge,  Corrievreckan Lullaby,  Struan  Robertson's  Salute,  Unjust  Incarceration,  MacDougall's Gathering,  In  Praise  of  Morag,  Lament  for  Donald  of  Laggan  and  Mackenzie of  Applecross’s  Salute,  are  among  the  finest  in  the  Ceòl  Mòr  canon.

The broadcast will come direct from the National Piping Centre in Glasgow with admission to the online concert being £5 which is payable through the Piobaireachd Society’s website

The MC for the evening will be Society President Robert Wallace and the concert will finish around 9.30pm. There will be no tuning between the music and a downloadable brochure will be available on the night.

The Piobaireachd  Society would appreciate support for this live  piping event and is very grateful to  the  Principal  of  the  National Piping  Centre,  Finlay  MacDonald,  and  his  staff  for  making  their  premises available  to  the  Society  at  relatively  short  notice.  Should the event have to be cancelled all ticket money will be refunded.

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 10 November 2020 9:35 AM

Please see this link for more information on the Musical Instruments for Bands funding

This funding is available to Bands who have not received a Musical Instruments for Bands Programme award between January 2015 and March 2020

The deadline for applications is:
Monday 23rd November 2020 at 4pm

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 6 November 2020 1:58 PM

See the link below for more information on the funding being offered by Arts Council NI

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 6 November 2020 10:13 AM

The Virtual Branch AGM will be held on Saturday, 28th of November 2020 at 11am via Zoom

Nominations for election of Officers and notices of motion for the AGM must be received from band secretaries by the Branch Secretary three weeks prior to the meeting - Saturday 7th November 2020 11am

Email contact for the Branch Secretary is

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 6 November 2020 10:10 AM

Please see the link below for more information on available funding from Ulster Scots Agency

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 2 November 2020 4:21 PM

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Northern Ireland Branch) (RSPBANI) is the governing body which oversees Pipe Band competition in Northern Ireland.
RSPBANI organises and delivers all Pipe Band and Drum Major Contests in Northern Ireland and the Ulster Solo Piping and Drumming Championships. RSPBANI provides advice, assistance and guidance to the piping community generally and also provide an education college across Northern Ireland which delivers music education programmes to nationally accredited standards.

RSPBANI currently have a vacancy for a Project Manager. This post will be offered on a Fixed Term Contract for 12 months (which may be extended depending on available funding).

The Job Description and Person Specification for the Project Manager role can be obtained from 

To apply, forward your CV demonstrating how you meet the criteria by 3:00 pm Monday 16th November 2020, by post to:

RSPBA (NI Branch),
Unit 34 Crescent Business Park,
Ballinderry Road,
BT28 2GN.

Or, by email to: