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Lest We Forget Concert

Sat 3 Nov 2018

Reading Scottish Youth Members took part in the Lest We Forget Concert at NEC Birmingham on Saturday 3rd November as part of the National Youth Pipe Band of England.

Looking brilliant and sounding great! Well done to all our young players and well done to Bill and Lesley whose vision, leadership and perseverance has created this band.

It was a great experience for them to be part of this national event, playing alongside the Birmingham School Symphony Orchestra, The Ealing Youth Orchestra and many other youth bands and choirs. In performing as the National Youth Pipe Band of England, our youngsters played alongside pipers and drummers from a number of schools and bands in the South of England. A big thank you to all of their parents for the support they have given, and to all of the tutors at Reading Scottish who have helped the Youth Members over the last two years and not least our QM LQ who has kitted them out to a very high standard!

To watch the band perform, CLICK HERE.

Here is a message from the concert organiser, Ron Dawson

“Thank you for the outstanding contribution your Pipers and Drummers made to concert. From the moment the lone piper struck up the stage and audience were electrified, I personally found it incredibly moving and disbelieving that this was their debut performance. Their performance was among the most inspiring of the whole concert. I genuinely felt humbled by it.
Please our thanks and thoughts to each and every one of your players and our hopes and belief that they will go on to achieve much greater success and recognition in the years to come”.

Well done to:
Pipers: Finn, Poppy, James, Cameron
Drummers: Enes, Elize, Matt, Eamonn

Marching onwards!!





Youth videos ↓↓

The Reading Scottish Youth Members contributed this video for the Virtual Hurst Show and Country Fayre 2020.

Reading Scottish Youth Members slideshow

The following videos are also available on the band’s YouTube channel

Hurst Show 2019 Full Live Performance

Hurst 2019 – Scotland the Brave

Youth Members march on to the Hurst arena playing Scotland the Brave

Hurst 2019 – Circle Retreat

Youth Members play I See Mull at the halt.

Hurst 2019 – Slow Air

Poppy plays the solo before the band join in with Amazing Grace

Hurst 2019 – 6/8 March

The band play a lively march The 10th HLI Crossing the Rhine

Hurst 2019 – Circle Medley

Our medley set consists of a 2/4 march, The Barnyards of Delgaty, a strathspey called Loudens Bonnie woods and Braes and a jig called The Kesh

Hurst 2019 – March Off

The band march off to the tune The Rose of Allandale.

Videos from the band and its members

Performing at our Gala Ball

The RSPB hold an Annual Tartan Ball in November and Youth Members takes the opportunity to perform at it.

Spy on a practice session!

The Band hold regular practice workshops for Youth members in the St Andrews Church Hall in Reading

Suited and booted

Watch Alexander explain the different elements of the band uniform

Our first public performance

As part of the Band concert in October 2016 some youth members made their first public performance playing practice chanters and drum pads.

Building strong foundations

Students receive 1 to 1 tuition as well as group practice. Beginners learn fundamental skills before progressing to playing tunes

Wow! The amazing singing dog

Poppy discovered her dog likes to join in and sing along when she plays.

Early morning recitals

Some youth members played at local memorials to commemorate the Centenary of WW1, playing at 6.00am!

In the heart of Reading

Youth Members plays alongside the Senior Band in Broad Street, Reading

You’ll hear her in Hurst

Poppy practices in and around the village where she lives

Burns’ Supper with Danny

Danny plays his first public engagement as a soloist piping in the haggis at a Burns’ supper in January 2020

Out of Africa

One of our Youth members, Theo, currently lives in Zambia and continues his online tutorials and practices in the wide open spaces.

Breathing new life into old pipes

The Band received a wonderful gift of a historical set of David Glen bagpipes.

Forthcoming Band Engagements


Forthcoming engagements will be highlighted here. For full details and a full listing of forthcoming band engagements, see our Events Diary.

Sun 16 Jun 2024

Scotland in Colchester


Car park: Catchpool Rd, off Cowdray Avenue, CO1 1XN
Event Website

Sat 22 Jun 2024

Mortimer Fun Day

Transport through the ages

Mortimer Fairground, off Hammonds Heath Road, Mortimer RG7 3RG

Sat 29 Jun 2024

Armed Forces Day

Broad Street, Reading
Outside M&S / The Oracle

Sat 6 Jul 2024

Fleet Carnival

Event Website

Sun 14 Jul 2024

Highland Gathering


Charter Field, Corby Old Village
Event Website

Sat 20 Jul 2024

Newport IoW

Newport Town Centre
Details TBC

Sun 21 Jul 2024

Island Highland Gathering

IoW Steam Railway, Havenstreet, Ryde PO33 4DS
Event Website

25-27 Jul 2024

Eksjö International Tattoo

Eksjö, Sweden
Event Website

10 Aug 2024

Newbury Collection

Newbury Town Centre

17 Aug 2024

World Championships


Glasgow Green
Event Website

25 Aug 2024

Swallowfield Show

Event Website

For more information on each event, see the Events Diary page

* events with an asterisk are not yet confirmed

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