was lucky to be taught my trade from a line of prestigious
and influential pipers''.
Brian Anderson is a professional, solo piper,
based in Northumberland, UK. His music can be heard around
the country as well as overseas.
Born in the Kingdom of Fife, Brian has a fine piping pedigree
and has studied the pipes since the age of nine. His approach
to music owes much to his heritage and family tradition.
Brian was first taught by his grandfather, a pipemajor in
a pipeband of the Royal Navy, who had learnt in turn from the
world famous soloist John MacDonald of Inverness.
of Inverness (standing right) was tutor to Brian's
grandfather Pipe Major John Kay
||Brian's grandfather Pipe Major John
Kay of the Royal Navy Pipe Band
Later, he was taught by another family member Tam Imrie, who
was a pipe major of the Black Watch in his army days. Tam had
himself learnt his skills from the legendary Pipe Major William
Ross, instructor of the world-renowned Army School of Piping
at Edinburgh Castle and an influential advisor and teacher
of the Pibroch Society.
| Pipe Major Willie
Ross - instructor at the Army School of Piping at Edinburgh
||Pipe Major Tam Imrie
at the World Pipe Band Championships, Paisley 1957
“My brother Ian and I faithfully visited
Tam every week,” says
Brian. “I have strong memories of humping a heavy
pipe box onto buses as a small lad and trudging through snow
rain to get there. Piping was my life.”
It was Tam who introduced Brian to the original Scottish pipe
music known as piobaireach (pronounced pibroch). Pibroch is
a wild and unique form of music, comprising laments, salutes
and tunes played in the days of old for the gathering of the
Under the tutelage of Tam, himself a world-famous soloist
and pibroch player, the 11-year-old Brian joined his first
pipe band winning his first solo competition at 12 and his
first pibroch competition a year later.
Brian's heritage as a piper is both a proud and prestigious