Spring Recital Series

Spring Piping Recitals 2014

A new recital series is coming to The National Piping Centre this spring, featuring some of the world’s best, newest and most exciting pipers.
21st February
Ladies Night
The all female line up on this special ladies night are Margaret Dunn, Clare Lynas, Caitlin McDonald and Sarah Muir.
Sponsoring this evening’s event is the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society where Dr Martin Lowe served as Honorary Secretary for 14 years from 1997-2011.

 

25th April
The Scott Wood Trio & Guests
The Scott Wood Trio and guests get the Piping Centre rockin’ at this month’s recital.

 

16th May

Gold Medalists

A Gold medal is something which most solo pipers strive towards and may only dream of. Tonight’s players, Glenn Brown and Finlay Johnston, have both succeeded in this premier piping accolade.

20th June
Clasp Winners
One of the leading pipers of this generation Callum Beaumont is joined by multi-title winning Angus MacColl at this solo piping recital
**Note this event has move from 21st March to 20th June**

 

 

We invite you to come and experience excellence in piping, whether you have just started learning or have been involved in piping for many years.
Tickets £10 adults / £8 conc
For tickets please visit www.thebagpipeshop.co.uk

Metro Express 2014 Now Open for Enrolments!

The National Piping Centre and The Metro Cup announce a weekend of world class piping including workshops, competitions, social events and more. The Metro Express workshops will take place on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February at The Ramada Plaza Hotel, Newark, NJ, USA and are scheduled to coincide with the Metro Cup and Metro Express competitions.

For More Information Click Here

REGISTER NOW!

Competition Entry Closing Date: 1st February 2014.
Only 20 spaces available per workshop.

 

Venue of the Year 2013

The National Piping Centre was delighted to be awarded Venue of the Year after over a decade of hosting countless events, concerts, gigs and more. The centre also hosts the annual Piping Live! Festival which sees over 10,000 visitors each year come in to Glasgow for hundreds of piping events.

Broadcasted live on BBC ALBA, the awards- organised by Hands Up for Trad- saw stars of the Scottish music scene flock to Aberdeen’s Music Hall to celebrate and honour the very best of traditional Scottish talent. This year’s glamorous ceremony was hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney. Winners of the prestigious awards were selected by almost 90,000 public votes.

Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of event sponsors MG ALBA says: “The Trads recognize those that have achieved excellence and we at MG ALBA are delighted to have been involved once again as sponsors.”

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Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout Live at The National Piping Centre

Finlay MacDonald & Chris Stout

Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout

with Special Guest Ross Martin

Wednesday 27th November

At The National Piping Centre

Doors at 7pm

Start time 7.30pm

Tickets £10

Hot off the release of their latest album ‘The Cauld Wind’ Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout come to Glasgow as part of their Scottish Tour to play an intimate acoustic concert featuring both new material and classic tunes. Joined by the fantastic Ross Martin on guitar, this dynamic and charismatic duo are not to be missed.

This musical experience is not only a must for both fiddle and pipe enthusiasts but for all fans of traditional music in one of its purest forms.

Traditional music magazine The Living Tradition said that Chris and Finlay were an ‘unfeasibly talented duo‘ and that they ‘create sounds that weave together beautifully and demand that you sit up and listen’.

You can book tickets from our online shop or by phoning us on 0141 353 0220, emailing us at shop@thepipingcentre.co.uk or on the door.

Chris Stout is nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2013, along with The National Piping Centre who are nominated as Venue of the Year.
You can VOTE HERE

 

Fred Morrison at the Guards Club

The Scots Guards Club at Haymarket in Edinburgh has Fred Morrison coming for a concert/recital from 4pm on Sunday 8th December.
Tickets £10, available from the Scots Guards Club, telephone 0131 337 1084. Includes a curry.

Fred Morrison

CLASP London Results

Grade 1 Overall Winner – John Frater

Grade 2 Overall Winner – Ross Martin

Grade 3 Overall Winner – Giolianini  Giovanni

 

Grade 1 Piobaireachd

1st Gordon Hislop

2nd Len Durham

3rd John Frater

 

Grade 2 Piobaireachd

1st Sandie Greenwood

 

Grade 3 Piobaireachd Ground

1st Giolianini Giovanni

2nd Duilio Vigliotti

3rd Tom Broderick

 

Grade 3 Full Piobaireachd

1st Giolianini Giovanni

2nd Tom Broderick

3rd Ross Martin

 

Grade 1 March, Strathspey and Reel

1st John Frater

2nd David MacLauchlan

3rd Gordon Hislop

 

Grade 1 Hornpipe and Jig

Len Durham

2nd Jacquelyn Lewis

3rd David MacLauchlan

 

Grade 2 -2/4 March

1st Ross Martin

2nd Sandie Greenwood

 

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel

1st Ross Martin

2nd Sandie Greenwood

 

Grade 3 2/4 March

1st Giolianini Giovanni

2nd Tom Broderick

3rd Helge Jeppessen

Grade 3 – Strathspey and Reel

1st Giolianini Giovanni

2nd Tom Broderick

3rd Helge Jeppessen

SPSL 74th London Competition Results 2013

 

CHAMPION PIPER
Iain Speirs

BRATACH GORM – Piobaireachd

1st Roddy MacLeod
2nd Callum Beaumont
3rd Bruce Gandy
4th Iain Speirs
5th Finlay Johnston

 

WILLIAM GILLES MEMORIAL TROPHY – Piobaireachd
1st Iain Speirs
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Glenn Brown
4th Faye Henderson
5th Finlay Johnston

 

LONDON MEDALLION JOHJN MACFADYEN QUAICH – MSR
1st Gordon Walker
2nd Alastair Dunn
3rd Willie McCallum
4th Finlay Johnston
5th Bruce Gandy

 

JB ROBERTSON SILVER ROSE BOWL – March
1st Iain Speirs
2nd Alastair Dunn
3rd Roddy MacLeod
4th Willie McCallum
5th Cameron Drummond

 

MARY FLORA BEATON CUP – Hornpipe & Jig
1st Gordon Walker
2nd Finlay Johnston
3rd Cameron Drummon

 

RG LAWRIE RAMS HORN SNUFF MULL – Piobaireachd
1st Derek Midgley
2nd Jamie Forrester
3rd Peter McCalister
4th Innes Smith
5th Jenny Hazzard

 

STRACHAN MEMORIAL TROPHY – MSR
1st Alasdair Henderson
2nd Jamie Forrester
3rd Ben McClamrock
4th Craig Muirhead
5th Jenny Hazzard

 

DONALD FORBES MEDAL – Hornpipe & Jig
1st Gavin Ferguson
2nd David Wilton
3rd Craig Muirhead

 

CPA B GRADE TROPHY
Darach Urquhart

 

ANGUS NICOL AWARD
Connor Sinclair (correction)

 

JOHN ROE PLATE – Piobaireachd
1st Darrach Urqhuart
2nd Connor Sinclair
3rd Andrew Wilson
4th Greg Canning
5th Edward McIlwain

 

LONDON SCOTTISH HODDEN GREY – MSR
1st Steven Gray
2nd Michael Elder
3rd Callum Moffat
4th Sarah Muir
5th Connor Sinclair

 

HUGH MACMILLAN TROPHY – Hornpipe & Jig
1st Michael Elder
2nd Connor Sinclair
3rd Dan Lyden

 

CPA C GRADE TROPHY
Jamie Elder

 

SPSL C GRADE – Piobaireachd
1st Emmett Conway
2nd Ross Hume
3rd Andrew Gray
4th Edward Gaul
5th Calum Watson

 

SPSL C GRADE – MSR
1st Ross Hume
2nd Callum Watson
3rd Lachie Dick
4th Jamie Elder
5th Edward Gaul

 

SPSL C GRADE – Hornpipe & Jig
1st Calum Watson
2nd Allan Dunsmore
3rd Stuart McCallum
CLASP COMPETITIONS

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LONDON HIGHLAND CLUB CHALLENGE CUP– Piobaireachd
Winner – Gordon Hislop

HIGHLAND SOCIETY OF LONDON TARGE – MSR
Winner – John Frater

PETER RICHARDSON AWARD – Jig
Winner – Len Durham

JIM CAUTION MEMORIAL QUAICH
Bridghe Chimbeul & Joshua Townsley

JUVENILE PIOBAIREACHD

1st Bridghe Chaimbeul
2nd Joshua Townsley
3rd Calum Carslaw

BRITISH AIRWAYS PIPEBAND TROPHY – Juvenile MSR

1st Harry Richards
2nd Joshua Townsley
3rd Taylor Townsley
4th Bridghe Chaimbeul
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS SOCIETY TROPHY – Gaelic Air & Jig

1st Bridghe Chaimbeul
2nd Joshua Townsley

Live Stream of Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2013

On Saturday 26th October 2013 The Glenfiddich Piping Championship will once again be live streamed via the internet. The championship is the most prestigious solo piping competition on the annual piping calendar and sees the world’s top solo pipers perform in Piobaireachd and March, Strathspey & Reel events.

The organisers have once again teamed up with Glasgow based digital media company Yellow Brick House to bring you the music live from Blair Castle to your living room!

The pipers who have qualified to take part in the competition for 2013 are:

  • Callum Beaumont
  • Alan Bevan
  • Cameron Drummond
  • Alastair Dunn
  • Bruce Gandy
  • Jack Lee
  • Stuart Liddell
  • Willie McCallum
  • Angus MacColl
  • Iain Speirs

In addition to full coverage of all of the performances, the Balvenie Medal presentation and the prize giving, the live stream will also be talking to some of the regular attendees and organisers of the event to find out what the competition means to the piping community.

The live stream will be hosted on The National Piping Centre’s new E-Learning website from 10am GMT+1 (British Summer Time)

elearning.thepipingcentre.co.uk

Get involved in the conversation
#Glenfiddich13

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:

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rossandjarlath

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.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS 

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 internationalbagpipeorg@gmail.com.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31 December 2013.

 

https://internationalbagpipeorganisation.wordpress.com