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!

Brand New Seasonal Schools Now Online!

The National Piping Centre has totally redesigned its Seasonal Schools for 2016, and they are now online to book.

There is Young Stars Piping Schools for ages 16 & Under from Monday – Thursday of the School, which are specifically tailored for young learners, and then from Friday – Sunday we have the National Piping Centre Seasonal Gatherings, which will provide a fantastic social learning experience for adult learners.

Find out more and book your place online now at our seasonal schools pages here

The CLASP – Edinburgh Competition Results

Here are the results from The CLASP competition in Edinburgh on Saturday 16th January. It took place across 2 venues – the Royal Scottish Pipers Society, and the Scots Guards Club in Haymarket. Thanks to both the venues.

Grade 1 Overall Winner – Gregor McCulloch
Grade 2 Overall Winner – Gill Cairns
Grade 3 Overall Winner – Andrew Robertson

Grade 1 – Piobaireachd
1st Stewart Gaudin
2nd Gordon Hislop
3rd Ian Graham

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Gregor McCulloch
2nd Ian Graham
3rd Stewart Gaudin

Grade 1 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Gregor McCulloch
2nd Ian Graham
3rd Stewart Gaudin

Grade 1 – Jig
1st Gregor McCulloch
2nd Gordon Hislop
3rd Stewart Gaudin

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1st Gregor McCulloch
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd George Gordon

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st Jack Lockhart
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd Colin Brown

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Gill Cairns
2nd Jack Lockhart
3rd George Gordon

Grade 2 – Jig
1st Gill Cairns
2nd Colin Brown
3rd Jack Lockhart

Grade 3 – Piobaireachd
1st Colin Brown
2nd Colin Taylor
3rd Stewart Allan

Grade 3 – Piobaireachd Ground
1st Colin Taylor
2nd Robert Thomson
3rd Joris Panis

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1st Andrew Richardson
2nd Colin Taylor
3rd Alfred Graf

Grade 3 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Andrew Richardson
2nd Joris Panis
3rd Colin Taylor

Grade 3 – Jig
1st Andrew Richardson
2nd Robert Thomson
3rd Joris Panis

Grade 3 Jig
1st Andrew Richardson
2nd Robert Thomson
3rd Joris Panis