The Archie Kenneth Quaich Competition

The twenty-fifth annual amateur Piobaireachd competition for the Archie Kenneth Quaich will take place on Saturday, 4th March 2017, in the rooms of The Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society, 127 Rose Street Lane South, Edinburgh, starting at 10am.

Entries and enquiries to Alan Forbes, 24 Garscube Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 6BN. Tel: 0131-337 4094 or e-mail: alan.forbes@btinternet.com

Competitors should submit two tunes with their entries, one of which they will be asked to play. Competitors may not submit any tune with which they have previously won first prize in the competition.

Conditions for eligibility are as follows:
1) Competitors must be aged twenty or over.
2) Competitors must be amateur pipers.
3) In particular, the following are not eligible:
a) holders of the Army School of Piping’s Pipe Major Certificate;
b) anyone who has won a prize in open competition or who has, within the past five years, taken part in open competition;
c) anyone who has taken part in public recitals with professional players.
4) Anyone in doubt about their eligibility to play should contact the
competition organiser for advice.

In the event that there are significantly more than 25 entries the competition may be run as two heats with a final of three or four from each heat, the finalists being required to play the tunes not chosen for them in the heats. This is to enable as many competitors as possible to take part.

Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships 2016 Line Up Announced!

We are delighted to announce the line up for this year’s Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship, which will take place on Saturday 29th October at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl. The players for 2016 will be:

Bruce Gandy
Alasdair Henderson
Finlay Johnston
Jack Lee
Stuart Liddell
Angus MacColl
William McCallum
Ian K. MacDonald
Roddy MacLeod MBE
Iain Spiers

Judges will be
Piobaireachd
Iain MacFadyen
William Morrison
Jack Taylor

March, Strathspey and Reel
Ian Duncan
Ian MacLellan
Iain Morrison

 

Scots Guards Junior Competition – Entries now Open

The Scots Guards Association Pipers Branch are now accepting entries for their Junior Solo Piping Competition which will take place on Saturday 19 November 2016 10am. It will be held at the Army School of Piping, Inchdewar House, Colinton Road, by Redford Barracks, Edinburgh

Download the entry form below and return it to the address listed. Entries close on Monday 7th November.

Scots Guards Entry form 2016

New Staff members at The National Piping Centre

The National Piping Centre is delighted to announce that Wilson Brown and Dan Nevans have been appointed as piping teachers replacing David Wilton and Clare Lynas. Wilson Brown is a Gold Medallist and also played for many years in the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band under the leadership of Iain MacLellan. After taking a 20 year break from solo piping during which time Wilson developed his career in the police service – rising to the rank of Chief Inspector – he has made a return to the solo platform most recently competing in the Senior Piobaireachd and Clasp events at Oban and Inverness. Dan Nevans is a music graduate from the BA Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde and a member of the Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band having won the worlds with them in 2015. Dan is also developing his career in solo piping and gaining prizes on the circuit.

Stuart Samson has indicated his desire to retire as lead tutor of the BA traditional Music -Piping course which the Centre delivers in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Stuart is a highly respected figure and has been responsible for guiding many of our graduates to reach their potential in piping. We will miss his strong influence and wish him and his wife Wanda well in their new adventure.

We can confirm that Willie McCallum has been appointed as the successor to Stuart in this role and will start with us at the end of September. We needed to find someone with a tremendous profile in piping to take on where Stuart left off and Willie McCallum brings exactly that to the table. Willie is without doubt one of the most successful and highly respected figures in piping today and so we are sure that his input will be a positive force for the future success of the degree programme. Willie’s list of successes in solo piping are too numerous to mention in this short release but perhaps the most impressive is his 8 time winning of the Glenfiddich Piping Championship – an outstanding record.

In addition to Willie McCallum we are further strengthening the team with Ross Ainslie who will join the team on a part-time basis as a tutor for the degree and HNC programmes. Ross is one of Scotland’s most accomplished and successful performing musicians with a flair for composition. Prestigious industry recognition has come in the form of a multitude of award nominations, nomination for Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 and 2016, nomination for Best Duo with Jarlath Henderson in 2014. He’s also received nods at the Scots Trad Music Awards with various nominations,nominated for Instrumentalist of the year in 2010,nominated for Live Act of the year with Jarlath Henderson in 2008 and with Treacherous Orchestra in 2009 and 2010,
nominated for Album of the year in 2013,Treacherous Orchestra won Album of the year and Ross also was Composer of the year in 2015.

We look forward to welcoming Willie and Ross in the near future, and are delighted that Wilson and Dan are now in place and teaching with us here at The National Piping Centre

Northern Meetings – Congratulations Finlay Johnston!

The Northern Meetings were held in Eden Court Theatre on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September. It was a fantastic 2 days of competition, and we are delighted that our tutor Finlay Johnston won the Clasp for previous winners of a Highland Society of London Gold Medal. It was his first attempt since winning the Gold Medal last year.

We also extend our congratulations to Ian K. MacDonald, who was only the 12th person to complete an historic double Gold Medal win, claiming both the Oban and Inverness Gold medals this year.

The full results are:

The Clasp
1st Finlay Johnston – Lament for Hugh
2nd Iain Speirs
3rd Jack Lee
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Angus D. MacColl
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Stuart Samson, Andrew Wright

Highland Society of London Gold Medal
1st Ian K. MacDonald – Mary’s Praise
2nd Sean McKeown
3rd Cameron Drummond
4th Andrew Carlisle
5th Faye Henderson
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Ronnie McShannon, John Wilson

Silver Medal
1st Connor Sinclair – I Am Proud to Play a Pipe
2nd Craig Sutherland
3rd Sarah Muir
4th Stuart Easton
5th Alex Gandy
Judges: Archie McLean, Bob Worrall, Bill Wotherspoon

Silver Star MSR
1st Angus MacColl
2nd Willie MacCallum
3rd Niall Stewart
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Gordon Walker
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Ian Duncan, Iain Morrison

A-Grade MSR
1st Neil Walker
2nd Alasdair Henderson
3rd Callum Beaumont
4th Craig Sutherland
5th Jenny Hazzard
Judges: Bruce Hitchings, Iain MacLellan, Tom Speirs

B-Grade MSR
1st Nick Hudson
2nd Connor Sinclair
3rd Dan Lyden
4th Ursa Beckford
5th Andrew Hall
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Iain MacFadyen, Archie McLean

Premier & A-Grade Hornpipe & Jig
1st Angus D. MacColl
2nd Alex Gandy
3rd Alasdair Henderson
4th Ian K. MacDonald
5th Jenny Hazzard
Judges: Iain MacLellan, Iain Morrison, Bob Worrall

B-Grade Hornpipe & Jig
1st Ben Duncan
2nd Callum Watson
3rd Matt Wilson
4th Stuart Easton
5th Nick Hudson
Judges: Ian Duncan, John Wilson

Tynecastle Schools – Snare Drummer Instructor Wanted

The Tynecastle Schools Pipe Band Support Group seeks a drumming instructor (snare) with experience of working with young people, preferably in a school setting, to provide tuition at Tynecastle High School and feeder primary schools. 4. 5 hours per week. There may be potential for the role to expand.  If you are interested in the role please send your CV by email to the Chairman Brian Robson brainrob@gmail.com by Sunday 11th September.

 

The CLASP Announces Wallace Bagpipe Sponsorship for 2016/17 Season

The National Piping Centre is pleased to announce that Wallace Bagpipes will be the main CLASP sponsor for the 2016-17 season of events.

‘We are extremely honored to support and work with The CLASP.” said Craig Munro of Wallace Bagpipes. “It’s a fantastic organization which helps raise the standard and profile of adult amateurs worldwide. We feel this will not only help strengthen our position in the market place but also see it as an opportunity to give something back to a section of the worldwide piping community often overlooked in our industry with the majority of the current focus being on juveniles or professional events. At Wallace Bagpipes it’s about the right opportunity, not every opportunity!’

CLASP organiser Margaret Dunn said “We’re delighted with the sponsorship! It will allow the CLASP to grow and also gives competitors the opportunity to win some high quality products from Wallace Bagpipes.”

Find out how to join and more about CLASP events, including this year’s October 14th/15th workshop, here

The CLASP at Chatsworth

The CLASP are delighted to team up again with the Chatsworth Country Fair and the RSPBA (London & South of England Branch)] The CLASP competition will be run on Saturday 3rd September 2016. The overall winner for each CLASP grade will receive a 3 day Seasonal School tuition voucher worth £160, which is kindly sponsored by The National Piping Centre. There are also National Piping Shop vouchers for all prize winners.

Here are the entry forms:

CLASP at Chatsworth Information

CLASP at Chatsworth Entry Form

The CLASP 2016/17 season is sponsored by Wallace Bagpipes.

Roddy MacLeod wins Silver Chanter in Skye

Congratulations to our Prinicpal, Roddy MacLeod MBE on his historic 7th Silver Chanter win in Skye on Wednesday 3rd August. The contest is held at Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod, and the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.

No-one has won more Silver Chanters than our principal now, with the competition starting in 1966.

Congratulations again Roddy, a fantastic achievement.