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 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.

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
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