CLASP – World Amateur Solo Piping Championships

The CLASP World Amateur Solo Piping Championships took place during Piping Live! 2016.

This year’s overall Grade 1 winner was Gill Cairns. She received an all expenses paid trip to compete at the amateur section of the Metro Cup in New York, 2017. Thanks to Eric and Maureen Stein for sponsoring this great prize.

Also, thank you to the sponsors of the CLASP 2016/17 season – Wallace Bagpipes.

Pictured are the overall CLASP winners for 2015/2016 – Colin Taylor (Grade 3 winner), Gill Cairns (grade 2) and Gordon Hislop (Grade 1)  Picture by John Slavin.

Grade 1 Results

1st Gill Cairns
2nd Gordon Hislop
3rd Andrea Zingg

2/4 March, Strathspey and Reel
1st Stuart Peters
2nd Karen McLean
3rd Gill Cairns

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Stewart Gaudin
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd Karen McLean


Grade 2

Overall Winner Colin Brown

1st Con Houlihan
2nd James Carnegie
3rd Colin Taylor

2/4 March
1st Andrea Zingg
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd Colin Brown

Strathspey and Reel
1st John Campbell
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd Stephen Ross

1st Stephen Ross
2nd Colin Brown
3rd James Carnegie


Grade 3 results

Overall winner Ian Kirkwood

Piobaireachd ground
1st Stewart Allan
2nd Andrew Richardson
3rd Ian Kirkwood

Full Piobaireachd
1st William Copland
2nd Ian Kirkwood
3rd Stewart Allan

2/4 March
1st Aaron Yeung
2nd Colin Campbell
3rd Ian Kirkwood

Strathspey and Reel
1st Aaron Yeung
2nd Andrew Richardson
3rd William Copland

1st Ian Kirkwood
2nd Aaron Yeung
3rd Andrew Richardson

The CLASP Announces Wallace Bagpipe Sponsorship for 2016/17 Season

The National Piping Centre is pleased to announce that Wallace Bagpipes will be the main CLASP sponsor for the 2016-17 season of events.

‘We are extremely honored to support and work with The CLASP.” said Craig Munro of Wallace Bagpipes. “It’s a fantastic organization which helps raise the standard and profile of adult amateurs worldwide. We feel this will not only help strengthen our position in the market place but also see it as an opportunity to give something back to a section of the worldwide piping community often overlooked in our industry with the majority of the current focus being on juveniles or professional events. At Wallace Bagpipes it’s about the right opportunity, not every opportunity!’

CLASP organiser Margaret Dunn said “We’re delighted with the sponsorship! It will allow the CLASP to grow and also gives competitors the opportunity to win some high quality products from Wallace Bagpipes.”

Find out how to join and more about CLASP events, including this year’s October 14th/15th workshop, here

Roddy MacLeod wins Silver Chanter in Skye

Congratulations to our Prinicpal, Roddy MacLeod MBE on his historic 7th Silver Chanter win in Skye on Wednesday 3rd August. The contest is held at Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod, and the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.

No-one has won more Silver Chanters than our principal now, with the competition starting in 1966.

Congratulations again Roddy, a fantastic achievement.

CLASP at The Army School of Piping – June 2016

Photo by Alister Sinclair
Here are the full results from the CLASP’s competition at the Army School of Piping in Edinburgh on Saturday 18 June.
Pictured is Robert Frater, winner of grade 1 Piobaireachd, with judge Tom Speirs. Photo by Alister Sinclair

Grade 1 Piobaireaachd
1st Robert Frater
2nd Robert Low
3rd John Frater

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1st Gill Cairns
2nd Tom Broderick
3rd Gregor McCulloch

Grade 3 Piobaireachd
1st Stewart Allan
2nd Bianca Kail
3rd Robert Thomson

Grade 3-Piobaireachd Ground
1st George McCall
2nd Bianca Kail
3rd Alfred Graf

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Robert Frater
2nd Gregor McCulloch
3rd John Frater

Grade 1 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Gregor McCulloch
2nd John Frater
3rd Robert Low

Grade 1 – Jig
1st Robert Low
2nd John Frater
3rd Gregor McCulloch

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st – Gill Cairns
2nd George Gordon
3rd Stewart Allan

Grade 2 – Strathspey & Reel
1st George Gordon
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd Stewart Allan

Grade 2 – Jig
1st Gill Cairns
2nd George Gordon
3rd Helen Thomson

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1st Colin Taylor
2nd Bianca Kail
3rd George McCall

Grade 3 – Strathspey & Reel
1st Colin Taylor
2nd Bianca Kail
3rd George McCall

Grade 3 – Jig
1st Bianca Kail
2nd Colin Taylor
3rd Andrew Richardson

BRAND NEW – Virginia Invitational Competition for 2016

We are delighted to announce the brand new “The National Piping Centre, Scotland Challenge Recital” invitational competition, which will take place on Sautrday 25th June in Winchester, Virginia.

The contest will feature Nick Hudson, Dan Lyden, Derek Midgley, Ben McClamrock and Andrew Donlon – all of whom attended the school in the formative years of their piping careers, and now compete at the highest levels of solo and pipe band piping.These players will also be delivering workshops on Sunday 26th June.

This event is part of The National Piping Centre’s annual Virginia Piping School, which this year has two teaching options – 5 days from Wednesday 22nd – Sunday 26th June, or a workshop only package, where students can take workshops with the school tutors, plus these guest instructors.

The event will take place from 7.00pm on Saturday 25th June at the Lee Jackson Best Western Motel in Winchester, VA.

Tickets are now available online here

Get set for the Pipe Band Season with 10% off Kit!

There is now 10% off pipe band essentials at The Bagpipe Shop, to help you get set for the season. We have Mister Anthony Band Spec Capes, now with 10% off. There are also our Piper Hose, which are also now 10% off for a variety of colours. Or check out our Brogues and Glengarries, which are ordered specially for you, and will be dispatched as soon as we receive them.

So get your kit ready with 10% off!

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Meet The Piper – Family Open Day, Monday 4 April

This Monday, 4th April, bring along the family to meet the bagpiper, for free!

Just drop in for our fantastic open day from 11am – 2pm on Monday, and the whole family can hear the bagpipes played, and you can try them out for yourselves.  You can colour in your own piper, and if you try the pipes, you will receive a special certificate of achievement, signed by Amy our piper.

Its for everyone ages 2 and up and for one day only, so come along!

Meet The Bagpiper – Summer Museum Tours Start 1st April

Meet The Bagpiper!
This summer, come to The National Piping Centre for a very special Scottish experience. Meet our Bagpiper who will take you on a journey through the rich history of the Scotland’s National Instrument in the Museum of Piping, perform live for you, then let you try them for yourself!

So, join us each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, from 1st April – 30th September for tours at 11am and 2pm. 11am tour only on Saturdays. Please purchase your tickets on arrival at The National Piping Centre. Tickets are:  £4.50 adult / £2.50 child

Duncan Johnstone 2016 – Full Results

We had a great day here at The National Piping Centre on Saturday 19 March 2016, welcoming a fantastic number of competitors to this year’s Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition. This was the 17th annual event, which was set up by Roddy MacLeod, our Principal, who was a pupil of Duncan’s. The event is administered by the Competing Pipers Association, and we want to thank them for their organisation of the day.

Pictured L-R Connor Jardine, Ross McKay and Connor Sinclair.

The results are:

Overall Winner: Charles MacDonald

B Piobaireachd
1 Charles MacDonald
2 Douglas Gardiner
3 Ross Cowan
4 Calum Watson
5 Gavin Ferguson

1 Connor Sinclair
2 Callum Moffat
3 Matt Wilson
4 Kris Coyle
5 Andrew Wilson

C Piobaireachd
1 Connor Jardine
2 Andrew Bova
3 Alex Gehrig
4 Ben Mulhearn
5 Alastair Donaghy

1 Ross MacKay
2 Brighde Chaimbeul
3 Chris Lee
4 Connor Jardine
5 Ciaren Ross

1 Jonathon Simpson
2 Ross Cowan
3 Matt Fraser
4 Calum Watson
5 Brighde Chaimbeul


Thanks to Alistair Sinclair for the photography.

TNPC Evening Classes – New Term Coming Soon!

Now that spring is in the air, the time is right to look for your next challenge. If you are looking to get into piping, or take your piping back up a notch, then our new term of Evening Classes is for you!

Starting from Saturday 23rd April, with Saturday and week nights to suit you, there are levels from complete beginner to advanced players, all of which let you develop your piping. And if you book for the school, you get TWO FREE HOURS of teaching with our weekly Club Night every Tuesday.

Its £90 adults/ £80 U16s for our 10 week course, so register today for this fantastic term of lessons here

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