Scots Guards Knockout – The Semi Finals!

After the last of the first round competition last weekend saw Scott Barrie win through, the Scots Guards Club Knockout Semi-Finals are:
Sunday 21st February – Callum Moffat V Craig Sutherland.
Sunday 27th March – Scott Barrie V Ross Miller.

These events start at 4pm, at the Scots Guards Club in Haymarket, Edinburgh. Tickets are £10 each, which includes a curry after, and available on the door.

 

WW1 MacCrae’s Battalion Piper Honoured at last

The piper who led the famous McCrae’s Battalion – which included 11 footballers from Hearts, Hibs and more – out of Edinburgh on their way to the Somme in World War 1 was honoured yesterday with a memorial in Edinburgh yesterday. Sergeant William Duguid, who had a long military career, was utilised as a stretcher bearer on the first day of the Somme, where nearly 600 out of the 810 men in the battalion were wounded or killed.

To commemorate this service, the MacCrae’s Battalion Trust yesterday unveiled a memorial stone for him, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Battalion leaving Edinburgh. You can read the full story on the Edinburgh Evening News website here

Wedding Open Evening sponsored by Braw Brides

Wedding Open Evening 2016

Join us for an intimate wedding open evening at The National Piping Centre sponsored by Glasgow’s loveliest wedding blog ‘Braw Brides’ on Thursday 14th January from 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Guest will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and canapés whilst browsing The National Piping Centre and the suppliers from Braw Bride’s Wedding Directory.

The first 30 lucky guests will receive a goodie bag on arrival. To register for tickets, please head to our facebook page here

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International Bagpipe Conference 2016

The International Bagpipe Conference will bring together bagpipe musicians, academics and enthusiasts from all around the world to the National Piping Centre from 26 Feb to 28 Feb 2016 for the third edition of the biennal International Bagpipe Conference.
This event is organised in collaboration with the National Piping Centre, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow University with the support of the Bagpipe Society.
From the ticket options please select the option you wish. The National Museums Scotland visit is free, however, you will need to provide your own transport. If you wish to go, please select the inclusive ticket option.

» Get your tickets here!

Echoes of Oban 2015

The College of Piping is once again holding its annual Echoes of Oban Recital this year on Saturday 14th of November. Starting at 7pm, the Echoes will feature many of the winners from the 2015 Argyllshire Gathering including Gold Medallist John Angus Smith, Silver Medallist Sandy Cameron, Angus MacCol winner of the Silver Starl, Charles MacDonald winner of the MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd, Sarah Muir winner of the ‘B’ Grade Strathspey and Reel and guest piper Willie McCallum.

Fear-an-Tighe for the evening will be John Wilson.

The ‘Echoes of Oban’ was an event held annually in the 1950s and 1960s, when the winners from the Argyllshire Gathering each year were invited to play their winning tunes at a concert in Glasgow. This gave those who had been unable to attend the Gathering a chance to hear some of the winning performances, while those who had attended were able to enjoy the performances again in a relaxed social atmosphere. The College restarted this tradition again in 2008 and has held it every year since.

Tickets for the Echoes are priced at £8 available from the College of Piping.

Piping Live! 2015

Tomorrow sees the first day of Piping Live! 2015.
We’re looking forward to hosting the biggest and best week of piping with hundreds of events available for you to enjoy throughout the week.

Monday 10th August
The National Piping Centre
9am Piobaireachd Competition
5pm MSR Competition
Dowco Triumph Street, Inveraray and District, 78th Fraser Highlanders, 78th Highlander Halifax Citadel, Toronto Police
New Zealand Police
Tuesday 11th August
The Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
7.30pm

Angus MacKenzie and Gabe McVarish, Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout, Callum Armstrong and George Pasca, Gary West and Mike Vass

Wednesday 12th August

The National Piping Centre
7.30pm
Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout, Matt MacIsaac and Troy MacGillivray, Bellon Maceiras Duo
Thursday 13th August
The Art School
7.30pm
Scott Wood Band, Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, The Armagh Pipers Club
Friday 14th August
The Art School
7.30pm
Flook, Fred Morrison, Patrick Molard and Yves Berthou
Saturday 15th August
The Art School
7.30pm
Sunday 16th August
The National Piping Centre
7.30pm

Brìghde Chaimbeul Piping Recital

St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington – Sunday 5th July 4.00pm-5.00pm

Brighde Chaimbeul - Skye Highland Games 2014
17 year old Brìghde Chaimbeul comes from the Isle of Skye and has been immersed in Scottish/Gàidhlig music from a young age. She was offered a place at St Mary’s Music School in 2010 and since then has been receiving tuition from award-winning piper Iain Speirs, and Fin Moore (since 2014), having previously studied with Niall Stewart.
Recent successes include winning the National Piping Centre Under 18’s in Glasgow and playing in the final of the MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd contest. Brìghde has performed in venues across Scotland, and took part in a folk festival in Northern Norway last year playing with international artists such as Torje Jensen and Mike Vass. She is embarking on a 5 week tour this summer with Fèis Rois and is preparing for the prestigious spot of the lone piper at the Highland Military Tattoo this September.
This recital will consist of a wide repertoire of tunes on both Highland pipes and Scottish smallpipes, from formal March, Strathspeys and Reels and Piobaireachd to lighter traditional music from as far afield as Spain and Canada.

Stewart Society Composing Competition

The Stewart Society is sponsoring a composing competition. This is for an original composition of a 2 parted march in 4/4 time, to be played on the Highland bagpipe. The composer of the winning tune will receive a prize of £300, and will have their name inscribed on the competition cup. The tune will also be played at the Stewart Society Gathering, during the weekend of August 21st-23rd 2015, at Ballone Castle, Tain, Rosshire, with hopefully, the composer in attendance. The tune will also be published in the Stewart Society magazine in 2016.
The entries will be judged by a panel consisting of
Roddy MacLeod MBE, Principal, the National Piping Centre
Finlay MacDonald, Head of Piping Studies, the National Piping Centre
Finlay Johnston, National Piping Centre Tutor, winner of the Gold Medal for Piobaireachd, Argyllshire Gathering 2012
Competition Rules
  • The tune entered must be a two parted march in 4/4/ time
  • Your entry can be submitted either by email, in which case it must be a pdf attachment, to the competition email address – stewartsocietycompetition@gmail.com or by post to “Stewart Society Competition, The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW”
  • Your tune manuscript should bear no marks which identify the composer.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final
  • The closing date for the competition is 30th June 2015. No entries received after that date will be considered