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

HNC Music Piping – Open Day

Our brand new, further education course – HNC Music – Piping, will start its first programme in January 2016, and then a new course in September 2016. We are hosting a drop-in Open Day here at The National Piping Centre next Wednesday 11th November 2015, where you can come along between 9am – 6pm and we will answer all your HNC Music – Piping questions. Its free and members of staff will be on hand to give you all the information you need about the new HNC Music – Piping.

The National Piping Centre achieves Investors in Young People Silver Accreditation

IIP-2015-SilverThe National Piping Centre & The Pipers’ Tryst Hotel, a centre of excellence for Bagpiping, Events and Hospitality, has achieved the prestigious Investors in Young People Silver Accreditation, the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. This represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates The National Piping Centre as an employer of choice for young people and testament to their effective practices around Youth Employment.

IIYP, Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people, originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. The accreditation was launch in July 2014, and offered to all businesses across Scotland, the award recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people. In July 2015 the second generation framework was launched offering additional stretch to organisations who go above the standard.

Having now achieved the silver accreditation, The National Piping Centre is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People silver logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.

Commenting on the award, Gemma Cannon, General Manager said, “Almost half of our employees are under the age of 25 so the IIYP accreditation seemed like a natural fit for our business. With the assistance of IIYP we have implemented various changes to the business, which all support the overall business strategy. As a result communication, leadership and teamwork have all improved and we have developed a stronger team.”

Roddy Macleod MBE, Principal said, “We are delighted to receive the IIYP Silver accreditation. We actively encourage our young staff to play a full and active part in the development of the business and as result we have reaped the rewards of investment in their talent.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “This is a fantastic achievement for The National Piping Centre and I and the whole IIYP team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them. The 2nd generation framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but now offers accredited organisations the additional stretch of achieving silver accreditation. The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills in areas such as IT and social media, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations along with enthusiasm and unique talents.”

The National Piping Centre is located in Glasgow’s Theatreland and is a national and international centre of excellence for the great Highland Bagpipe and its music. This unique company includes a school with rehearsal rooms and piping museum as well as a hotel, restaurant and events business. The National Piping Centre employs just over 50 staff and has been established since 1998, when it was opened by its patron HRH The Prince of Wales.

About Investors in Young People

  • Investors in Young People offers a practical, flexible and easy to use tool to assist in the recognition and support in recruitment, training and retention of young people
  • The Investors in Young People framework responds to a need to bring young people into the workplace and the difference in recruitment, support, management and development that young people require
  • In July 2015 the framework was revised and updated to offer organisations additional stretch. The 2nd generation framework includes the addition of silver and gold levels of accreditation
  • For more information on Investors in Young People please visit www.investorsinyoungpeople.scot

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Plockton Gig 2015

The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music is pleased to announce the dates for this year’s whole school concert tour. This year’s tour is fairly widespread, partly following on from last year’s S6 tour, but also due to an exciting recording project the Centre has been involved in this session. There are shows in Dunoon, Glasgow, Birnam and Pitlochry before the tour concludes with the final concert at Plockton High School.

The concerts will feature the 22 students in various combinations, including them playing all together in a powerful finale. The Centre teaches accordion, clarsach, fiddle, pipes, piano, guitar, whistle, flute, and Scots and Gaelic song, and all of these will feature strongly on the programme. All of the youngsters are multi-talented and there are a few other instruments involved as well, so there really is something for everybody in the show.

Tickets can be reserved by phoning The National Piping Centre on 0141 353 0220 and payment is on the door, cash only.