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.

SSPDT and The National Piping Centre Teachers Forum 2016

Calling all piping and drumming instructors! Join us at The National Piping Centre for a day of workshops and forums to help develop your teaching skills as a schools piping or drumming instructor.

The aim of the event is to provide a platform for instructors and people interested in schools pipe band development to meet and collaborate on many different piping and drumming related topics. So whether you are a school tutor or self employed instructor, register today.

There will be an introductory session at the The National Piping Centre followed by workshops and sessions at the Theatre Royal throughout the day.

With sessions looking at Teaching and Learning Resources, SQA CforE and the PDQB, Teaching Techniques, Professional Development and GTC Registration, Pipe Band Development and Supporting Learning Through Assessment, this will be a fascinating and insightful day of CPD for bagpiping and drumming instructors, and for those interested in developing schools-based piping and drumming programmes.

This event is organised by The National Piping Centre and The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust.

The day includes refreshments and a light lunch.

Find out more and register here.

SSPDT Job Vacancy

Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) have a vacancy for a Charity Administrator. The role details are:

Part time: 3.5 days per week
£22,000 – £32,000 depending on experience: pro rata £15,400 – £22,400
28 days holiday pro rata
Contributory pension
The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust is a progressive national charity that supports piping and drumming tuition for state school pupils and the development of school pipe bands. We also organise the annual Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships and advocate for piping and drumming tuition in state schools.
Our work is expanding across Scotland and we have an exciting opportunity for a part time Administrator who will manage an efficient office that supports all aspects of the Trust’s work. The post-holder will be highly organised, with exceptional attention to detail, and motivated to succeed. Excellent Microsoft Office skills and at least two years of office-based administration are essential. Experience of managing an office or of charity administration is desirable. Knowledge of piping and pipe band drumming is preferred but not essential.
For details about how to apply, and more information about the post, visit www.sspdt.org.uk
Deadline: 9 September 2016

CLASP Workshop Weekend 14th & 15th October 2016

Due to the success of the April CLASP workshop weekend we are excited to announce that we will be holding another Workshop Weekend in October, at The National Piping Centre, open to any enthusiastic amateur bagpipers, which will further work on the tunes that you have chosen to play for competition.

The dates are Friday 14th and Saturday 15th of October.

We are still deciding full content, but there will be a chance to play your chosen tune(s) in front of our instructors and some guest instructors.

So far our guest instructors will include Willie McCallum and Dr. Jack Taylor, with more to be announced. Both Piobaireachd Set tunes, and light music will be worked on in small groups. This will allow students to gain as much individual attention as needed with their selected competition/performance tunes.

One of the confirmed afternoon topics will be a talk from Performance Psychologist, Fiona McConnachie. Tuning and 6/8 March and Jig playing are some other topics which will be covered over the two days.

Registration will open shortly – but get the dates in your diary now!

The CLASP Results – Rosneath Highland Games

On a cold and slightly damp day at the Games, The CLASP Results from Rosneath Highland Games on Sunday 17th July were:

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
1st Robert Low
2nd Stewart Gaudin
3rd Gordon Hislop

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1st Gill Cairns
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd Janette Greenwood

Grade 3 Piobaireachd
1st Stewart Allan
2nd William Copland

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Robert Low
2nd Stewart Gaudin
3rd Gordon Hislop

Grade 1 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Robert Low
2nd Stewart Gaudin
3rd Gordon Hislop

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st Gill Cairns
2nd Stewart Allan
3rd George Gordon

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Con Houlihan
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd Stewart Allan

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1st William Copland

Grade 3 – Strathspey and Reel
1st William Copland

The CLASP – Results from Luss Highland Games

The CLASP Results from Luss Highland Games 2016:

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
1st Robert Low
2nd Robert Frater
3rd John Frater

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1st Gregor McCulloch
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd George Gordon

Grade 3 Piobaireachd
1st Colin Campbell

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Robert Frater
2nd Robert Low
3rd John Frater

Grade 1 – Stathspey and Reel
1st Robert Frater
2nd Gregor McCulloch
3rd John Frater

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st George Gordon
2nd Helen Thomson

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Gill Cairns
2nd George Gordon
3rd Helen Thomson

Scots Guards Club – August Recitals

There will be two fantastic recitals in August at the Scots Guards Club, Edinburgh.

On Sunday 21 August, James Murray will perform. The event starts at 4pm, with a curry after. Tickets are £10.00 and available on the door.

Then on Tuesday 30 August Bruce Gandy will play for us. This mid-week event will being at 7.30pm. Again, tickets £10.00 with curry after and are available on the door.