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  • world pipe band championships, the silver piper
    August 29, 2019 Avril Manderson

    Back from the World Pipe Band Championships!

    I was delighted to be invited to take part in the Trade Show at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow earlier this month.  Being a retired piper (at the ripe old age of 43!) it was my first time at...

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  • Royal Stewart Tartan Jewellery
    June 25, 2019 Avril Manderson

    Royal Stewart Tartan Jewellery

    Our designer Avril Manderson (aka The Silver Piper!) came up with the idea to merge the traditional arts of tartan design and silver etching to create a modern concept she calls Tartan DNA. Each piece of our tartan range is...

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  • Bagpipes jewellery, silver bagpiper necklace
    May 8, 2019 Avril Manderson

    Bagpipes Jewellery

    As a bagpipes player, I know the years of dedication and learning it takes to master the pipes.  They really are an instrument that take great skill and physical fitness to play to a high standard. Us pipers are proud...

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  • The Silver Piper website is live!
    April 2, 2019 Avril Manderson

    The Silver Piper website is live!

    I've been working behind the scenes creating the content for this website and I'm delighted that we are finally online. This is just the start of my Scottish pipe band jewellery journey.  I will be adding to the collections in...

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  • World Pipe Band Championships
    January 22, 2019 Avril Manderson

    World Pipe Band Championships

    The highlight of my pipe band competition days has to be winning the Grade 3 World Pipe Band Championships with Ballynahinch Pipe Band, in Glasgow in 1993. We played simple tunes such as the 1976 Police Tattoo and Shoals of...

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  • My piping career
    December 17, 2018 Avril Manderson

    My piping career

    As people in the pipe band world will know, players move between bands, people move on in life and other factors can mean the sad demise of particular pipe bands. After winning the Grade 3 World Pipe Band Championships with...

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  • I started as a tenor drummer
    December 11, 2018 Avril Manderson

    I started as a tenor drummer

    I first learnt to play the bagpipes under the tutelage of Bobby Barrie in Ballykeel Black Watch Pipe Band.  This band no longer took part in competitions and so I eventually changed to Ballynahinch Pipe Band.  My grandfather had been a...

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