The Great Glen Kayak Challenge Concert

Willie Park, the College of Piping’s Shop Manager is to undertake a new fund-raising venture on behalf of the College. In 2007 Willie climbed to Everest Base Camp (18,000ft) in aid of the College Building Fund, raising more than £7,000. In 2011 Willie helped raise funds by kayaking around Arran, earning him the nickname Park the Paddle. Now, Willie’s latest fund-raising venture sees him kayak the entire length of the Caledonian Canal from Corpach, near Fort William, to Inverness – all 60 miles (97km) of it in aid of the College’s educational activities. Willie’s kayaking challenge will be in May.

To help Willie on his way, The Great Glen Kayak Challenge Concert will be held on March 28 at the College, featuring Allan MacDonald, Callum Beaumont, Chris Armstrong and Donald Black.

Tickets are priced at £8 and are available from the College of Piping Shop or the Shop website


Vacancy – Pipe Band Drumming Instructor

Royal Air Force of Oman
Vacancy – Pipe Band Drumming Instructor

  • 1 year renewable contract
  • Fantastic teaching opportunity with excellent working hours/conditions
  • Salary: 1450 Rials per month tax free (Approx £2400)
  • 60 days paid leave plus all local holidays
  • 3 paid flights per year
  • Full medical cover
  • Single status “on base” accommodation (utility free)

Potential candidates should send their CV along with cover letter of application, copies of qualifications/certificates to:  Roddy MacLeod MBE, Principal, The National Piping Centre:

Closing date: Monday 30th March

Potential applicants should be:

  • Aged between 25-50
  • Excellent health
  • In procession valid driving licence
  • Qualified (Degree graduate, PDQB/RSPBA Certificates)
  • Proven playing ability (ideally grade one playing experience)
  • Experienced/passionate teacher (post is mainly class room teaching)
  • Working knowledge of the PDQB/SCQF syllabus
  • Proven, successful track record in coaching bands for competition
  • Excellent snare drumming skills with working knowledge of bass, tenor and drum majoring
  • Able to manage/lead a section of 40 drummers (varied standards and learning abilities) and contribute fully as member of the management team


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