Do you have a piping hit in the pipeline?

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A competition to find Scotland’s next superstar composer has been launched.

The exciting Piping Hit 2018 contest will see young musicians across Scotland asked to demonstrate they have the elusive X-factor – by composing a hit tune suitable for the Great Highland Bagpipe.

Piping Hit 2018 is run by music charity the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT).

Kenny Forsyth, chair of the judging panel, said: ‘The pipes are used in so many different types of music now and we want to encourage all pupils to get involved, whether they play the pipes or not.

‘The judges will be looking out for tunes that have the power to connect with an audience.’


The winner will receive £250 as well as £1,000 for their school’s music department. The winning tune will also be performed at the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships in March 2018.

The deadline for entries is January 19, 2018 and full competition rules and entry details can be found on

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