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

B MSR
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

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

Jig
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

Enrol Today

Junior Competition 2016 – Results

Here are the full results from The National Piping Centre Junior Competition 2016, which took place on Saturday 20 February.

Event 1 – 15-17 Piobaireachd 
1. Lewis Russell
2. Harry McLachlan
3. John Campbell
4. Kyle Shead
5. Holly Fredlander
6. Calum Craib

Event 2 -15-17 MSR
1. Robbie MacIsaac
2. Harry McLachlan
3. Holly Fredlander
4. Finlay Frame
5. Calum Craib
6. Calum Davidson

Event 3 – 15-17 Jig
1. Harry McLachlan
2. John Campbell
3. Robbie MacIsaac
4. Finlay Frame
5. Kyle Shead
6. Jordan Ednie

Overall 15-17 Junior Champion
Harry McLachlan

Event 4 – U15 Piobaireachd 
1. Luke Shearer
2. Finlay Cameron
3. Christopher Happs
4. John A McLaren
5. Andrew Ferguson
6. Jamie Niall Campbell

Event 5 – U15 Piobaireachd (Ground)
1. Ross Strain
2. Saul Sweeney
3. Finn Murray

Event 6 – U15 March 
1. Finlay Cameron
2. Jamie Niall Campbell
3. Andrew Ferguson
4. Niall Beattie
5. Ruairidh Brown
6. Eosaph Caimbeul

Event 7 – U15 Strathspey & Reel
1. Ross Strain
2. Luke Kennedy
3. Hazel Whyte
4. Luke Shearer
5. Christopher Happs
6. James Forrest

Overall U15 Novice Champion
Finlay Cameron

Event 8 – Chanter Slow Air
1. Lewis Maxwell
2. Archie MacFadyen
3. Josh Esson
4. Fraser Smith
5. Patrick Connor
6. Luca MacKenna

Event 9 – Chanter March 
1.Lewis Maxwell
2. Ruaraidh Drennan
3. Fraser Smith
4. Archie MacFadyen
5. Josh Esson
6. Harrison Bishop

Overall Chanter Champion
Lewis Maxwell

Bagpiper Host 2016 – Piper Wanted!

For the 2016 Summer Season, The National Piping Centre is once again looking for a talented individual to be the face of the piping to our museum visitors.

bagpiper host

This fantastic role will see you host tours around our Museum of Piping, and conduct come and try tours with people from across the world as they visit us throughout the summer, as well as promoting The National Piping Centre and The Bagpipe Shop.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly piper, with great customer service skills. If you think this could be you, download the full job specification here: Bagpiper host 2016 and send us your CV to recruitment@thepipingcentre.co.uk  by 5pm on Friday 26th February, with interviews commencing 3rd and 4th March.

Good Luck!

TNPC Spring Concert Series is Back for 2016!

We have three amazing concerts lined up for you this Spring for our Spring Concert Series! These three fantastic piping events will all take place in The National Piping Centre Auditorium, at 7.30pm and tickets to each are £12 adults and £10 concessions (students, +65s and U16s).

So the concerts we have are:

Friday 19th February
The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland Presents…
“Showcase”
See the NYPBoS as you have never seen them before! With mini-bands, quartets, trios and in groups with other instruments, this evening will showcase the talents of these amazing young performers.
Find out more and book online!

Friday 18th March
“Piping Degree”
Join us as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland BMUS Traditional Music degree students present a fantastic night of performances. Come and see the next big thing in the Trad Music world!
Find out more and book online!

Friday 15th April
“Tradition Bearers”
Four legendary pipers present a very special evening of solo piping recitals. Join Pipe Major Jimmy Banks MBE, Ian Duncan, Colin MacLellan and John Wilson for a great night of music!
Find out more and book online!