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A Recital of Tunes for the Oboe, and Tunes for the Chanter


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Pipe-Major WILLIAM ROSS (chanter)
This unusual type of programme should appeal to those who do not often hear the oboe and chanter played as individual instruments. Pipe-Major Ross, of course, is probably the best known piper in Scotland and always receives a heavy mail of appreciation when his programme is relayed to Empire. He was born in 1879 and learned to play the pipes from his father and mother, both of whom were skilful players. In 1896 he enlisted in the Scots Guards and served in the South African War, for which he holds the Queen Victoria and Edward VII medals. In the Great War Pipe-Major Ross served with his battalion from the beginning until 1918, when he was invalided out of the service. He now runs a school of army pipers in Edinburgh Castle. He held the title of Champion all-round Piper of Scotland for four successive years, a record entitling him to the MacDonald Shield. He was seven times winner of the Championship Gold Clasp at Inverness and eight times of the Lochaber Gold Medal with six clasps. He has also published a book of pipe tunes.


Oboe: Pipe-Major William Ross

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A Recital of Tunes for the Oboe, and Tunes for the Chanter

Regional Programme Scotland, 2 August 1935 20.00

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