Silent Auction in Aid of Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Piping Competition

An enthusiastic piping supporter has lovingly handcrafted a beautiful Windsor chair in order to raise money in support of the annual Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Piping Competition. The competition is held annually during the month of April in Stornoway on the Island of Lewis and is organised by the Lewis and Harris piping Society. The Competition was started in 1994 to celebrate the music of Donald MacLeod MBE who may be considered to be one of the most outstanding pipers of the 20th century, as a player, teacher and as a composer.chair

Previously The National Piping Centre have been collecting donations for this great cause through the Livestream video of the 2014 Glenfiddich Piping Competition. The video can still be viewed on The National Piping Centre website at and donations are still very welcome online.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone in the piping community to help support a highly regarded and well loved competition while also investing in a beautifully crafted, timeless piece of furniture.

The winning bidder will also receive a free annual subscription to Piping Today Magazine, recognition in the Donald MacLeod Piping Competition programme for their generous support, and a free Friends of the Festival pass for Piping Live! 2015.

*Reserve of £200*

The silent auction will start at 9am Wednesday 25th Feb and end at 5pm (GMT) on Sunday 5th April. All bids should be emailed to and will be acknowledged by an email response. The winning bidder must arrange collection of the chair from The National Piping Centre, Glasgow or arrange postage.

2015 Junior Competition Results

Event 1 – 15-17 Piobaireachd

1. Brighde Chaimbeul
2. Harry McLachlan
3. John Dew
4 Calum Carslaw
5 John Campbell
6 Holly Friedlander

Event 2 – 15-17 March Strathspey and Reel

1. Brigdhe Chaimbeul
2. John Dew
3. Calum Ian Brown
4. Connor Jardine
5. Calum Carswell
6. John Campbell

Event 3 –  15-17 Jig

1 Calum Ian Brown
2. Brighde Chaimbeul
3. John Dew
4. Calum Carswell
5. Connor Jardine
6 Harry McLachlan

Overall Winner 15-17 – Brighde Chaimbeul
Event 4 – Under 15 Piobaireachd

1. Robbie McIsaac
2. Angus MacPhee
3. Lewis Russell
4. Jordan Ednie
5. Finlay Cameron
6. Ben Muir

Event 5 – Under 15 Piobaireachd Ground

1. Paul Christie
2. Max Grieve
3. Luke Shearer
4. Archie Clark

Event 6 – U15 March

1. Jordan Ednie
2. Robbie McIsaac
3. Lewis Russell
4. Andrew Ferguson
5. Paul Christie
6. Finlay Cameron

Event 7 – Under 15 Strathspey and Reel

1. Lewis Russell
2. Robbie McIsaac
3. Finlay Cameron
4. Andrew Ferguson and Jordan Ednie
5. Paul Christie
6. Ben Muir and Hazel White

Overall Winner Under 15 – Robbie McIsaac
Event 8 – Chanter Slow Air

1. Scott MacDonald
2. Craig Duncan
3. Archie MacFadyen
4. Ben Adams
5. Eala Niamh McElhinney
6. Calum Ramsey

Event 9 – Chanter March

1. Jack Forbes
2. Calum Ramsey
3. Alistair Huxtable
4. Archie MacFadyen
5. Eala Niamh McElhinney
6. Alex Holiday

Bagpiper Host Required for School Holidays and Tourist Season

Bagpiper Host12-18 hours per week | April – Oct 2015

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented Bagpiper to join the front desk / shop team of The National Piping Centre.
We are seeking a talented people person who will fit into our team and play a major part in welcoming guests from all over the world during school holidays and tourist seasons.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with groups and speaking to members of the public.

You will be expected to:

  • Be an ambassador of The National Piping Centre and The Great Highland Bagpipe
  • Meet and greet each and every guest at the entrance to the building
  • Welcome guests into The Museum of Piping and be able to talk about Bagpipes with flair and passion
  • Wear a full kilt on shift and have your pipes ready to go when guests arrive
  • Be kind and respectful to families, children and guests of any background
  • Ensure the highest level of customer service is delivered at all times
  • Softly maximise profitability within The Bagpipe Shop
  • Be on hand to assist with general front desk and shop tasks when tours are not taking place

The ideal candidate description:

  • They will be able to demonstrate a high level of piping
  • A short audition will be necessary
  • Will have been to The National Piping Centre either through NYPBoS, RCS or another avenue we recognise
  • Have a desire to WOW our guests
  • Have experience in the service industry or a strong knowledge of how to look after the public
  • Have knowledge of social media platforms and online advertising sites i.e. Gumtree, Twitter, Instagram, What’s on Glasgow

Salary and Terms of Employment:

  • £7.50 per hour
  • Thursday and Fridays throughout April to end of September 2015
  • 10.30am – 5pm
  • Shift patterns of 6.5 hours per day
  • A 30 minute break will be given

Applicants must be fully flexible, weekend working may be required.
If you feel you are the right candidate, please apply with an up to date copy of your CV.

Letters of application and CV to be sent to:

Gemma Cannon
General Manager
The National Piping Centre
30-34 McPhater Street
Glasgow G4 0HW

Or email

Bairns ‘Brave’ Burns Lunch

Come along with your wee ‘uns for a celebration of Robert Burns at The National Piping Centre with a Disney Brave theme. Learn about the great man, 2 course lunch for all the family, competitions, goodie bags and more!

Featuring Linda Jackson, Scottish Storyteller and Singer.
2 Course meal for the whole family
Learn the address to the haggis
Burns songs
Write your own Burns poem competition
Sing Auld Lang Syne
Dress up for the occasion in a Brave theme, kilts, tartan & trews


Scots Guards Club Recital

Scots Guards Club are putting on another fantastic recital at the club, Haymarket Edinburgh

26 October at 4pm 

Jack Lee Recital

Curry served after tickets £10.00 at the door or book on 01313371084

Scots Guards Association Pipers Branch Junior Solo Piping Competition




Inchdewar House, Colinton Road

by Redford Barracks, Edinburgh

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November2014


 Competition A- March

(For competitors aged   11and not yet 15 years on 22 November 2014)

One 4 parted 2/4 March of own choice to commence 10am

1st Prize –Trophy and gift token

2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature

3rd Prize gift token and shield miniature

4th Prize gift token and shield miniature


Competition B- Strathspey and Reel

(For competitors aged11 and not yet 15 Years on 22 November 2014

One 4-parted Strathspey and Reel of own choice to commence 10am

1st Prize  Trophy, gift token

2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature

3rd Prize gift token and shield miniature

4th Prize gift token and shield miniature


Competition C – Piobaireachd

(For competitors aged 11and not yet 15 Years on 22 November 2014)

One Piobaireachd of own choice to be submitted – commence 10am

1st Prize – trophy, gift token

2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature

3rd Prize gift token and shield miniature

4th Prize gift token and shield miniature


Competition D- March Strathspey and Reel

(For competitors aged 15 and not yet 18 on 23 November 2014)

Two March Strathspey and Reel sets to be submitted – commence 10am

1st Trophy , gift token

2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature

2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature

4th Prize gift token and shield miniature


Competition E Piobaireachd

(For competitors aged 15 and not yet 18 on 23 November 2014

Two tunes to be submitted commence 10am

1st Prize Trophy , gift token

2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature

3rd Prize gift token and shield miniature

4th Prize gift token and shield miniature


There are extra prizes  being sponsored and these will be allocated on the day


Download Application form Here: Junior_Solo_Piping_entry_Forms_& info

Northern Meeting 2014 Results

Highland Society of London Gold Medal
1st Douglas Murray
2nd William Geddes
3rd Finlay Johnston
4th Peter McCalister
5th Alastair Lee

Silver Star Former Winners’ MSR
1st Niall Stewart
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Stuart Liddell
4th Jack Lee
5th Gordon Walker

1st Iain Speirs
2nd Stuart Liddell
3rd Jack Lee
4th Bruce Gandy
5th Callum Beaumont

Silver Medal
1st Angus J MacColl
2nd Colin Campbell
3rd Michael Fitzhenry
4th Alex Gandy
5th Connor Sinclair

A Grade MSR
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Finlay Johnston
3rd Sean McKeown
4th Alasdair Henderson
5th Jenny Hazzard

A Grade Hornpipe and Jig

1st Alasdair Henderson
2nd Colin Campbell
3rd Stuart Liddell
4th Greg Wilson
5th Alex Gandy

B Grade MSR
1st Ashley Carmichael
2nd Steven Gray
3rd Ben Duncan
4th George Stewart
5th Connor Sinclair

B Grade Hornpipe and Jig
1st George Stewart
2nd Ashley McMichael
3rd Matt Pantaleoni
4th Steven Gray
5th Sarah Muir

Champion Piper of the Northern Meeting

Stuart Liddell

Piping Instructor Vacancy- Dollar Academy

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a driven individual to become part of the tutoring team at this prestigious independent school.

The successful applicant will be expected to carry out one to one tuition and group sessions for pupils ranging in age from 8 to 18. The position also holds responsibilities as Pipe Major of the novice juvenile band, which competes at local and major championships. Relevant band practices are conducted as part of a busy school’s co-curricular program.

Experience in all aspects of solo and band tuition is essential. The successful individual will be expected to work well within an established team environment and liaise effectively with other members of the pipe band staff.

The successful applicant will be self-employed, and will submit monthly invoices to the Academy. It is expected that the appointment will require a commitment of two days per week, initially, although this may increase.

All appointments at Dollar Academy are subject to satisfactory clearance through the Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme, and the Academy will arrange and pay for an application to be made.

To apply for the position, please complete the Support Staff Application Form, downloadable from the Academy’s website (, or contact Marion Campbell on 01259 740515 / email Applications should be submitted to the above email address or mailed to Marion Campbell, Dollar Academy Trust, 23 West Burnside, Dollar, FK14 7DX by Monday 8th September 2014 at the latest.

Piping Instructor and Music Instructor Vacancies in the Royal Oman Police

The Royal Oman Police are seeking to fill two Piping Instructor and other Music Instructor vacancies.

Salary could be in the range of Rial Omani 2000/- (R.O. 1500/- + 500/- rental allowance) all inclusive (i.e. accommodation, electricity & water) and the position will be on accompanied status. 45 days paid leave after 11 months of service, to and fro air fare up to home town for Instructor, spouse and two children under the age of 18 years. Free medical treatment for Instructor and family at the Royal Oman Police Hospital and other Government Hospitals operating in Oman under the Ministry of Health.

Vacancies also exist for:

  • Percussion Instructor
  • Trombone/Euphonium Teacher – Bandmaster with minimum five years teaching experience.
  • Cornet/French Horn Teacher – Bandmaster with minimum five years teaching experience.

To register interest for these posts Curriculum Vitae should be sent by email to or by post to:
Roddy Macleod, The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater St, Cowcaddens, Glasgow, G4 0HW, Scotland, UK.

Closing Date: October 1st 2014