Evening Classes- Autumn Term


Our Autumn evening class term begins on

Saturday 14th September.

Classes are available for all skill levels and all ages, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned piper The National Piping Centre evening classes are the perfect way to learn and improve.

Beginner: Complete beginner, never played before

Level 1: Not a beginner, can play scales, g gracenotes, strikes and simple melodies and can read music. (Currently working on Chapters 7 – 9 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book)

Level 2: Able to play D Throws, High A and High G Doublings, G,D,E’s (Currently working on Chapters 10 – 13 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book)

Level 3: Able to play most movements including all doublings, G strikes, grips. Is just about to go onto the pipes (currently working on Chapters 14 – 20 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book).

Level 4: Able to play all movements including birls, taorluath, B strikes. Can play several tunes with reasonable sense of timing on the pipes (currently working on Chapters 21 – 27 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book).

Level 5: Can play tunes of varying time signatures including Marches, Strathspey and Reels. Needs assistance tuning and developing finger technique (currently working on Chapters 28 – 30 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book).


We have a variety of lessons for all levels both for Under 16s and Adults with 3 sessions per hour on Saturdays and Tuesdays and 1 session per hour on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 Download the Timetable Here

Evening Classes Price 
Autumn 2013- 10 week course   
For further information about any of our tuition options, please visit our website:
or contact Jonathan Graham at jgraham@thepipingcentre.co.uk
Enrolment Night
Thursday 12th September from 6-8pm 
Everyone welcome, if you are a regular student or completely new. Come down to The National Piping Centre to talk to our staff and have a one on one level evaluation. Tea and Coffee will be available.


Callum Beaumont wins Silver Chanter 2013

Callum Beaumont won the Silver Chanter yesterday on his first attempt, playing “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”.

Monseigneur Callum
Other competitors were:

  • Decker Forrest – “Earl of Ross’s March”
  • Finlay Johnson – “The MacLeods’ Salute”
  • Stuart Liddell – “Lament for the Children”
  • Inness Smith – “Lament for Donald Duaghal Mackay”
  • Iain Speirs – “Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck”

Trip to New York for CLASP Grade 1 Overall Winner at Piping Live!

CLASP are delighted to announce the continued support from Eric and Maureen Stein who are sponsoring the grade 1 overall winner of the World Solo Amateur Piping Competition to an all expenses paid trip to compete at the Metro Cup amateur competition in New York, February 2014.
The World Solo Amateur Competition will be run as part of Piping Live! and this years competitions will be held in the Teachers Building on St. Enoch Square. Grade 3 will run on Wednesday 14th of August, Grade 2 on Thursday 15th and Grade 1 Friday 16th.

For more information email mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk or cbeaumont@thepipingcentre.co.uk or visit www.theclasp.co.uk

R.G. Hardie Bagpipes Awarded at Virginia Summer School

R.G. Hardie & Co gave generous sponsorship to the annual National Piping Centre Summer School held in Winchester Virginia. They provided a set of R.G. Hardie Bagpipes which the instructional team were able to award to the most deserving student. The pipes were awarded to 12 year old Andrew Willson.

Andrew Willson - Virginia 2013

Others pictured are instructors (L to R) Stuart Samson, Roddy MacLeod, Jon Quigg and Matt MacIsaac.

A Fond Farewell…

Tomorrow we say goodbye to our students from the Royal Air Force of Oman who have been studying at The National Piping Centre since March. Afif, Mohammed, Rashid and Tariq have all completed intensive courses of study and gained SQA accredited piping awards at Level 6 in both theory and performance. They have all been fantastic students and have had a real impact on the Centre and our staff. We will all be sad to see them go and wish them all the best for their piping careers in Oman.

All 4 pipers

  Tariq with pipesRashid with pipes Mohammed with pipesAfif with pipes

Virginia Piping & Drumming School 2013

The National Piping Centre’s Virginia Piping & Drumming School 2013
23rd – 28th June
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA 

10% OFF
There is a 10% discounted Early Bird rate for Tuition. The price will increase to the full rate of on April 30th 2013.

The National Piping Centre invites you to our 2013 Piping and Drumming School in Virginia. We will have a daily program which will cover all aspects of performance including practice routines, technique, musical expression, tuning and ensemble playing. Students will be taught in a small group of similar ability for 3-4 hours per day with workshops, recitals and practice time built in. All levels of players are welcome.

At the 2013 Virgina School you will have the opportunity to learn with some of the most experienced pipers and drummers in the world including…

Roddy MacLeod MBE
Principal of The National Piping Centre
and Three time Glenfiddich Champion.

Stuart Samson MBE
Ex-Director of the Army School of Bagpipe Music
and Silver Medalist.

John Mulhearn
Accomplished recording artist and Runner-up in 2012 Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal.

Plus many more fantastic tutors and teachers.

Visit our Virginia School page 

Live Stream of Piping Live! Launch Event

We are very excited to be launching our new E-Learning site on Weds 17th April.

To celebrate we will be Live Streaming Piping Live!’s Launch Event from 7pm on Wednesday. Tune in to see the new technology in action for the first time, as well as finding out all about this year’s Piping Live! Festival, and seeing some great music  from:

Willie McCallum

Scott Wood Trio

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Quartet
Tune in to elearning.thepipingcentre.co.uk from 7pm (BST) Wednesday 17th April

The CLASP joins up with Inveraray Highland Games

The CLASP are delighted to add Inveraray Highland Games to the 2012/2013 CLASP season. Inveraray Games are one of Scotland’s most popular games, and attracts large numbers of professional pipers each year. This years games will be held on Tuesday 16th July 2013, and CLASP will run amateur piping events for pipers graded 3, 2 and 1.
The CLASP competition is open to amateur pipers worldwide who are graded 3, 2 or 1.

E-Learning at The National Piping Centre


The National Piping Centre (NPC), in partnership with Glasgow-based digital media consortium Yellow Brick House, is revealing an ambitious e-learning project which will deliver high quality bagpipe tuition digitally using webinar technology and live streaming services.

E-Learning 1

This will allow the highly skilled and sought after NPC tutors to deliver interactive virtual piping tuition to groups and individuals anywhere in the world. As part of this new, integrated E-Learning package, resources from the NPC’s vast library of archive, print, and audio will be available to all users. This new E-Learning site will encourage dialogue between pipers across the world which will increase engagement in piping and the work of the NPC.

The NPC has been giving lessons on the internet in recent years using the online Skype technology, but this has limited the amount of online lessons due to the one-to-one nature of Skype. As well as continuing with the one-to-one Skype lessons, the centre has now developed the technological capacity to reach a whole new audience through video conferencing. The new Adobe Connect technology allows many students to be in an online classroom with the ability to communicate directly with the teacher, and the other students in the class, allowing a dialogue not only between tutor and student, but also between students of the same level who are learning together. As well as the live, interactive classes, all lessons will be available on-demand, allowing students with busy and unpredictable schedules to view lessons at a time that’s suitable for them, as well offering the ability to refer back to previous classes.

E-Learning 2

Roddy MacLeod, principal at The National Piping Centre, said: “We are constrained by our building here in Glasgow and this is a way of getting to more students. The plan is an e-learning process that allows us to take our lessons anywhere in the world. The lessons are live and (although) we’ve been using Skype in the past to do one-to-one sessions, this will let us teach to wider groups.”

As well as the live lessons which will be screened across the internet this new platform will allow easier access to live streamed events which the NPC launched at Piping Live! Festival 2012. This successful step in digital streaming was continued at the Glenfiddich Piping Championship in October 2012 where over 1900 people viewed the event worldwide.

Funding for this new project was awarded to the NPC by the Scottish Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture, run by the creative charity Nesta, Creative Scotland and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Jackie McKenzie, head of Innovation Programmes Scotland for Nesta, said: “Arts and cultural organisations are at a pivotal moment in their development. Financial pressures are creating enormous challenges, but equally, digital technologies are opening up exciting possibilities for new markets to deepen and broaden audiences.”

The website will be officially launched on Wednesday 17th April where there will be a live stream of the Piping Live! 2013 Launch event. Log on to elearning.thepipingcentre.co.uk from 7pm (BST) on Wednesday to see the live stream and find out a bit more about The National Piping Centre’s brand new E-Learning website.”