Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson NEW ALBUM!

After 5 years Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson are looking to make a new album!
Here’s their pledge music page which allows their supporters to help contribute to the cost of the production by pre-ordering a signed copy of the album for just £15. You can choose contribute more and in return will receive higher valued gifts which include a private gig at your home, signed limited edition vinyl, or a backstage pass to a gig!

Check it out via the link below:

Second International Bagpipe Conference

You’re invited to the

Second International Bagpipe Conference
The National Piping Centre are excited to bring you news of the second International Bagpipe Conference and it’s call for papers.


The International Bagpipe Organisation warmly invites you to participate in the Second International Bagpipe Conference, marking International Bagpipe Day, a celebration of the world’s bagpipes and bagpiping traditions. This one-day conference will be hosted by the Institute of Musical Research and the School of Oriental and African Studies in central London, supported by the IMR SOAS music department and the Bagpipe Society. We aim to establish a productive and welcoming platform for all people interested in the study of bagpipes: academics, music experts, instrument makers, folk musicians, dancers and music lovers. This is an exciting interdisciplinary opportunity to debate various questions relating to the study of bagpipes in the twenty-first century.


The conference be held in Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU, Brunei Building.


Friday 7 March 2014

The conference will be launched by an opening concert hosted by the SOAS Concert Series. International artists will be featured including an all-female band from Galicia to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March.

Programmed artists are:
Goran Farkas (Istria, Croatia)
Habelas Hainas (Galicia, Spain)

Andy May Quartet (Newcastle, UK)


Saturday 8 March 2014

The conference will take place on Saturday 8 March 2014. Bagpipe specialists from all over Europe will exchange knowledge of their instruments, music and culture. The conference be followed by an evening dance organized by the SOAS French Folk Dance society in a location to be confirmed, featuring a local folk band.



We will consider papers that have a direct link to bagpipes:

  • Taxonomy/Organology
  • Playing techniques/Ornamentation
  • Cultural or Social Anthropology
  • Historical findings/iconography/recent history
  • Bagpipe making
  • Recordings/Archiving/Collecting
  • Gender Studies

As the conference coincides with International Women’s Day, women delegates and papers with a gender angle are strongly encouraged. Any other theme directly related to the bagpipes will be considered.


There are limited funds available to help support international travel costs for speakers.


Interested participants should submit a paper title, an abstract of no more than 500 words complete with your institutional affiliation or profession and contact details by 1 December 2013 to

Successful applicants will be notified by 31 December 2013.

Northern Meeting Results- Thursday 9th September 2013

Highland Society of London Gold Medal

1st Callum Beaumont
2nd Douglas Murray
3rd Faye Henderson
4th Cameron Drummond
5th John Mulhearn

Silver Medal

1st Alasdair Henderson
2nd Craig Sutherland
3rd Darach Urquhart
4th Jamie Forrester
5th George Stewart

Silver Star Former Winners MSR

1st Stuart Liddell
2nd Angus MacColl
3rd Willie McCallum
4th Cameron Drummond
5th Jack Lee

A-Grade MSR

1st Alastair Dunn
2nd Alex Gandy
3rd Ben McClamrock
4th Alasdair Henderson
5th Finlay Johnston

City of Brechin Pipe Band Announcements



City of Brechin Pipe Band presents an evening of piping and dancing. One of Scotland’s premier Grade 1 bands, Scottish Power, will be performing, along with our own Grade 3 and 4 bands. Also featured are dancers from the Delma Wilson & Nicola Grant Dancing Schools, including ‘Strictly Alba’ a group of dancers who narrowly missed out on the live finals of Britain’s got Talent. An evening of top quality entertainment not to be missed! TICKETS ON SALE NOW! See the flyer for details and eticketing link for online pruchase of tickets. Tickets are also available direct from City of Brechin band members.

City of Brechin Concert



The Brechin Solo’s take place this year on 5 October, commencing at 09.00am. The venue is, once again, Brechin High School. Deadline for entries is 27 September. Entry forms provided below.

Brechin solo piping entry form

Brechin solo drumming entry form

The Northern Meeting CLASP draw 2013

The Eden Court Theatre

All Piobaireachd competitions will commence first, followed by light music.

Grade 3

Piobaireachd- Own Choice

Kitt Mackenzie

Robert Ross

Robert Thomson

Stephen Whitton


March, Strathspey and Reel- Own Choice

Kitt Mackenzie

Douglas Maxwell

Robert Thomson


Grade 2

Piobaireachd- Submit 2, play 1

Douglas Maxwell

Neil Mitchell

Liza MacFarquhar

MSR- Submit 2 Marches, Own Choice Strathspey and Reel (2 Separate


Neil Mitchell

Liza MacFarquhar

Grade 1

Piobaireachd- Submit 2 tunes.

James Beaton

Michael Graham

Susy Klinger

Jacquelyn Lewis

Andrew Park

MSR- Submit 2 sets of tunes.

James Beaton

Michael Graham

Susy Klinger

Robert Ross

Stephen Whitton

Jacquelyn Lewis

Andrew Park

Evening Classes- Autumn Term


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:
or contact Jonathan Graham at
Enrolment Night
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.


A Grand Piping Recital – Stuart Liddell

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

National Piping Centre Shop Raffle Results

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.

Army Piper Climbs The Paps of Jura for Memorial Fund

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).