Beginner Gaelic Class at The National Piping Centre – Starting January 2017

The National Piping Centre is hosting its very first Gaelic for beginners class this January! Join us every Thursday from 19th January – 23rd March 2017 from 6pm until 8pm for these fantastic new series of lessons.

The classes will start from complete beginner level, with the conversational basics, as well as other useful Gaelic expressions.It will also give insights into Gaelic and Highland culture, and why it is so important to piping!

The classes will cost £50 adults and £40 concession (Student, 65+, U16)

If you would like further information, please contact the class tutor James Beaton on

The CLASP London Results 2016

It was a great weekend for the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) in London at the Scottish Piping Society of London’s Annual Competition. Pictured is Andrea Zingg who won the Grade 1 Piobaireachd event. The full results were as follows:

Overall Winners
Grade 3 Andrew Richardson
Grade 2 Con Houlihan
Grade 1 Andrew Park

Grade 3 Piobaireachd (Ground)
1st Bill Copland
2nd James Hanlon
3rd Alfred Graf

Grade 3 Full Piobaireachd
1st Neil Scotland
2nd Bill Copland
3rd Andrew Ricahardson

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1st James Carnegie
2nd Tom Broderick
3rd Lachlan MacDonald

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
1st Andrea Zingg
2nd Andrew Park
3rd Bradley Boxall

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1st Andrew Richardson
2nd Joris Panis
3rd Lachlan MacDonald

Grade 3 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Joris Panis
2nd Andrew Richardson
3rd Lachlan MacDonald

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st Con Houlihan
2nd Bradley Boxall
3rd Andrea Zingg

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Bradley Boxall
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd Andrea Zingg

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Enora Morice
2nd Andrew Park
3rd Robert Frater

Grade 1 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Enora Morice
2nd Andrew Park
3rd Len Durham

The 2016 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships Results

The National Piping Centre was delighted to support the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships, which took place at Blair Castle on Saturday 29 October 2016. The results couldnt have been closer, with a 3 way tie on points, so the overall champion was decided on Piobaireachd preference – with a 5th Overall title and 10th Piobaireachd win for our Principle, Roddy MacLeod.

There were also prizes for our tutors Finlay Johnston and Willie McCallum!

The full results were:

1st – Roddy MacLeod
2nd – Willie McCallum
3rd – Bruce Gandy

1st – Roddy MacLeod
2nd – Stuart Liddell
3rd – Iain Spiers
4th – Jack Lee
5th – Bruce Gandy

March, Strathspey and Reel
1st – Willie McCallum
2nd – Bruce Gandy
3rd – Angus MacColl
4th – Finlay Johnston
5th – Iain Spiers

Congratulations to all those who took part on a fantastic event.


Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships – Livestream

The Livestream for the 43rd Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships is available on our website here from 10am on Saturday 29th October.

The 10 featured pipers this year are:

Bruce Gandy
Alasdair Henderson
Finlay Johnston
Jack Lee
Stuart Liddell
Angus MacColl
William McCallum
Ian K. MacDonald
Roddy MacLeod MBE
Iain Spiers

Judges will be
Iain MacFadyen
William Morrison
Jack Taylor

March, Strathspey and Reel
Ian Duncan
Ian MacLellan
Iain Morrison

The draw for the event will be done shortly before the event commences.

Head over to to see all the action from 10am on Saturday 29th October

Tradition Bearers Recital – Friday 14th October


Join us at The National Piping Centre on Friday 14th October for a fantastic night of piping recital.

Willie McCallum and Dr Jack Taylor will be perform alongside their students Harry MacLachlan, Calum Ian Brown and Danny Hutcheson, for our Tradition Bearers concert. This will be a great chance to see two masters of piping, and their young apprentices in action.

So get your tickets online here at

Results from Northern Meeting Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP)

The CLASP (Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers) had a great turnout for its graded competition at the recent Northern Meetings in Eden Court, Inverness. Pictured from Left to Right – Colin Brown (overall Grade 2), George McCall (Overall garde 3), Alex Gandy (Judge), Ian Graham and Stuart Peters (overall Grade 1)

Here are Results from the Northern Meetings:

Grade 1 Overall Winner – Ian Graham
Grade 2 Overall Winner – Colin Brown
Grade 3 Overall Winner – George McCall

Grade 1 – Piobaireachd
1st Stephen Ross
2nd Ian Graham
3rd Stuart Peters

Grade 2 – Piobaireachd
1st Aaron Yeung
2nd Colin Brown
3rd Janette Greenwood

Grade 3 – Piobaireachd
1st George McCall
2nd Robert Thomson
3rd Neil Mitchell

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Stuart Peters
2nd Janette Greenwood
3rd Ian Graham

Grade 1 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Ian Graham
2nd Stuart Peters
3rd Janette Greenwood

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st Colin Brown
2nd Stephen Ross
3rd Aaron Yeung

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Colin Brown
2nd Aaron Yeung
3rd Stephen Ross

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1st George McCall
2nd Robert Thomson

Grade 3 – Strathspey and Reel
1st George McCall
2nd Robert Thomson

New Staff members at The National Piping Centre

The National Piping Centre is delighted to announce that Wilson Brown and Dan Nevans have been appointed as piping teachers replacing David Wilton and Clare Lynas. Wilson Brown is a Gold Medallist and also played for many years in the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band under the leadership of Iain MacLellan. After taking a 20 year break from solo piping during which time Wilson developed his career in the police service – rising to the rank of Chief Inspector – he has made a return to the solo platform most recently competing in the Senior Piobaireachd and Clasp events at Oban and Inverness. Dan Nevans is a music graduate from the BA Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde and a member of the Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band having won the worlds with them in 2015. Dan is also developing his career in solo piping and gaining prizes on the circuit.

Stuart Samson has indicated his desire to retire as lead tutor of the BA traditional Music -Piping course which the Centre delivers in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Stuart is a highly respected figure and has been responsible for guiding many of our graduates to reach their potential in piping. We will miss his strong influence and wish him and his wife Wanda well in their new adventure.

We can confirm that Willie McCallum has been appointed as the successor to Stuart in this role and will start with us at the end of September. We needed to find someone with a tremendous profile in piping to take on where Stuart left off and Willie McCallum brings exactly that to the table. Willie is without doubt one of the most successful and highly respected figures in piping today and so we are sure that his input will be a positive force for the future success of the degree programme. Willie’s list of successes in solo piping are too numerous to mention in this short release but perhaps the most impressive is his 8 time winning of the Glenfiddich Piping Championship – an outstanding record.

In addition to Willie McCallum we are further strengthening the team with Ross Ainslie who will join the team on a part-time basis as a tutor for the degree and HNC programmes. Ross is one of Scotland’s most accomplished and successful performing musicians with a flair for composition. Prestigious industry recognition has come in the form of a multitude of award nominations, nomination for Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 and 2016, nomination for Best Duo with Jarlath Henderson in 2014. He’s also received nods at the Scots Trad Music Awards with various nominations,nominated for Instrumentalist of the year in 2010,nominated for Live Act of the year with Jarlath Henderson in 2008 and with Treacherous Orchestra in 2009 and 2010,
nominated for Album of the year in 2013,Treacherous Orchestra won Album of the year and Ross also was Composer of the year in 2015.

We look forward to welcoming Willie and Ross in the near future, and are delighted that Wilson and Dan are now in place and teaching with us here at The National Piping Centre

Northern Meetings – Congratulations Finlay Johnston!

The Northern Meetings were held in Eden Court Theatre on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September. It was a fantastic 2 days of competition, and we are delighted that our tutor Finlay Johnston won the Clasp for previous winners of a Highland Society of London Gold Medal. It was his first attempt since winning the Gold Medal last year.

We also extend our congratulations to Ian K. MacDonald, who was only the 12th person to complete an historic double Gold Medal win, claiming both the Oban and Inverness Gold medals this year.

The full results are:

The Clasp
1st Finlay Johnston – Lament for Hugh
2nd Iain Speirs
3rd Jack Lee
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Angus D. MacColl
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Stuart Samson, Andrew Wright

Highland Society of London Gold Medal
1st Ian K. MacDonald – Mary’s Praise
2nd Sean McKeown
3rd Cameron Drummond
4th Andrew Carlisle
5th Faye Henderson
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Ronnie McShannon, John Wilson

Silver Medal
1st Connor Sinclair – I Am Proud to Play a Pipe
2nd Craig Sutherland
3rd Sarah Muir
4th Stuart Easton
5th Alex Gandy
Judges: Archie McLean, Bob Worrall, Bill Wotherspoon

Silver Star MSR
1st Angus MacColl
2nd Willie MacCallum
3rd Niall Stewart
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Gordon Walker
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Ian Duncan, Iain Morrison

A-Grade MSR
1st Neil Walker
2nd Alasdair Henderson
3rd Callum Beaumont
4th Craig Sutherland
5th Jenny Hazzard
Judges: Bruce Hitchings, Iain MacLellan, Tom Speirs

B-Grade MSR
1st Nick Hudson
2nd Connor Sinclair
3rd Dan Lyden
4th Ursa Beckford
5th Andrew Hall
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Iain MacFadyen, Archie McLean

Premier & A-Grade Hornpipe & Jig
1st Angus D. MacColl
2nd Alex Gandy
3rd Alasdair Henderson
4th Ian K. MacDonald
5th Jenny Hazzard
Judges: Iain MacLellan, Iain Morrison, Bob Worrall

B-Grade Hornpipe & Jig
1st Ben Duncan
2nd Callum Watson
3rd Matt Wilson
4th Stuart Easton
5th Nick Hudson
Judges: Ian Duncan, John Wilson

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