Our Autumn evening class term begins on
Saturday 14th September.
Classes are available for all skill levels and all ages, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned piper The National Piping Centre evening classes are the perfect way to learn and improve.
Beginner: Complete beginner, never played before
Level 1: Not a beginner, can play scales, g gracenotes, strikes and simple melodies and can read music. (Currently working on Chapters 7 – 9 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book)
Level 2: Able to play D Throws, High A and High G Doublings, G,D,E’s (Currently working on Chapters 10 – 13 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book)
Level 3: Able to play most movements including all doublings, G strikes, grips. Is just about to go onto the pipes (currently working on Chapters 14 – 20 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book).
Level 4: Able to play all movements including birls, taorluath, B strikes. Can play several tunes with reasonable sense of timing on the pipes (currently working on Chapters 21 – 27 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book).
Level 5: Can play tunes of varying time signatures including Marches, Strathspey and Reels. Needs assistance tuning and developing finger technique (currently working on Chapters 28 – 30 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book).
We have a variety of lessons for all levels both for Under 16s and Adults with 3 sessions per hour on Saturdays and Tuesdays and 1 session per hour on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Download the Timetable Here
Evening Classes Price
Autumn 2013- 10 week course
For further information about any of our tuition options, please visit our website:
Thursday 12th September from 6-8pm
Everyone welcome, if you are a regular student or completely new. Come down to The National Piping Centre to talk to our staff and have a one on one level evaluation. Tea and Coffee will be available.
Tulloch Castle, Dingwall – Friday 15th November 2013 – 7.30pm for 8pm
Pipe Major Stuart Liddell and supporting young pipers Christopher and Steven Gray
A tribute concert to honour the late Anthony John (Tony) MacDonald (Scots Guards) in aid of Erskine.
Enquiries: Pipe Major Campbell McGougan 01349-864046
Entrance £10 (£5 under 14′s)
Raffle and refreshments
The winners of The National Piping Centre Shop Raffle are as follows:
3rd Prize winning £100 gift voucher for the Shop- Maureen Connor
2nd Prize winning a brand new RJM Chanter- Craig Jobe
1st Prize winning a set of David Naill DN5 Bagpipes- Bradford Hooper.
Winners will be contacted to claim the prizes.
Thank you for everyone who entered the raffle.
The Results for the 2013 Masters Solo Piping Competition are as follows.
1. Callum Beaumont
2. Jack Lee
3. Andrew Hayes
4. Angus MacColl
1. Jack Lee
2. William McCallum
3. Roddy MacLeod
4. PM Gordon Walker
Captain Gordon Rowan from Tiree, who is based at The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming (ASBM&HD), recently climbed the Paps of Jura to help raise £1,000 towards a memorial garden costing £40,000, which is being built at Inchdrewer House in Edinburgh, the home of Army piping and drumming. Within the memorial garden will be a cairn with a bronze piper on top along with a bronze statuette of a drummer, which has already been kindly donated to the memorial fund.
The garden will be a place to honour and remember all the pipers and drummers who have given their lives in various conflicts over the years.
The climb was completed despite weather conditions that were less than ideal – unfortunately, the cloud base was very low with dense fog. Captain Rowan was accompanied on the climb by Dr Stephen Bradshaw and also Robert Cameron from Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team, whose expertise along with his i-pad navigational system came in very handy! Although the climb was very challenging and at times rather scary, Captain Rowan said that it felt fantastic to have accomplished it successfully and with no blisters! He would like to thank the crew on the Jura ferry for their words of encouragement before undertaking the climb.
At the top of Beinn an Oir, the highest peak, Captain Rowan launched the Captain John A MacLellan MBE Piping Championship which is to be held at Inchdrewer House on 5 October 2013. Launch of the competition was difficult due to the weather conditions, however, ASBM&HD are pleased to announce the sponsorship from Wounded in Service Events, McCallum Bagpipes, The Royal British Legion Scotland and a distillery to be announced as soon as their re-brand is complete (announcement will follow once complete).
Named in honour of the acclaimed composer/multi instrumentalist Martyn Bennett, this new competition is open to all Scottish-based musicians to create a new 5 – 10 minute long composition that shows its roots in traditional music. The winner will receive £2000, the runner up £1000 and all finalists’ work will be performed at The Queen’s Hall on Saturday 14 September. Full information and application forms are available on the website. Closing date Monday 12 August 2013.
Results are out for the second Wedding Industry Experts Awards, and it is with great pleasure that we announce that The National Piping Centre won Best All-Inclusive Venue in Glasgow.
The awards are an annual competition recognizing some of the most popular wedding professionals at a local, national and international level. Voting commenced on April 23rd and concluded on April 30th. This year wedding professionals from 29 countries participated in seventy categories.
We sincerely appreciate the support we have received from past and current clients, peers, family and friends. The National Piping Centre’s couples are very special to all of our staff and we always strive to give you the best day of your life on your wedding day. We are a venue with a big heart and truly appreciate the recognition that these awards have given us.
Thank you to everyone who voted for us.
The National Piping Centre’s Virginia Piping & Drumming School 2013
23rd – 28th June
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
There is a 10% discounted Early Bird rate for Tuition. The price will increase to the full rate of on April 30th 2013.
The National Piping Centre invites you to our 2013 Piping and Drumming School in Virginia. We will have a daily program which will cover all aspects of performance including practice routines, technique, musical expression, tuning and ensemble playing. Students will be taught in a small group of similar ability for 3-4 hours per day with workshops, recitals and practice time built in. All levels of players are welcome.
At the 2013 Virgina School you will have the opportunity to learn with some of the most experienced pipers and drummers in the world including…
Roddy MacLeod MBE
Principal of The National Piping Centre
and Three time Glenfiddich Champion.
Stuart Samson MBE
Ex-Director of the Army School of Bagpipe Music
and Silver Medalist.
Accomplished recording artist and Runner-up in 2012 Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal.
Plus many more fantastic tutors and teachers.
FIND OUT MORE…
Visit our Virginia School page
We are very excited to be launching our new E-Learning site on Weds 17th April.
To celebrate we will be Live Streaming Piping Live!’s Launch Event from 7pm on Wednesday. Tune in to see the new technology in action for the first time, as well as finding out all about this year’s Piping Live! Festival, and seeing some great music from:
Scott Wood Trio
Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Quartet