2014 Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships Results

The 2014 Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships were held at Broughton High School, Edinburgh on Sunday 9 March 2014. Below are the results from the competition:


  1. Tobermory High School
  2. St Agatha’s Primary School
  3. Beath High School A Quartet

Debut section

  1. Ross and Cromarty Schools
  2. Renfrewshire Schools
  3. Ampleforth Highlanders

Junior B section

  1. Queen Victoria School, Dunblane
  2. Davidson’s Mains Cluster Schools, Edinburgh
  3. Knox Academy, Haddington

Junior A Section

  1. High School of Dundee
  2. Glenalmond College A Band
  3. Loretto CCF

Novice Juvenile

  1. George Heriot’s School
  2. George Watson’s College
  3. Dollar Academy


  1. Dollar Academy
  2. George Watson’s College
  3. George Heriot’s School

Freestyle section

  1. Gordonstoun School
  2. High School of Glasgow
  3. Preston Lodge High School, Prestonpans

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2014 Junior Competition Results

Saturday 22nd February 2014 The National Piping Centre Junior Competition Results:

Chanter Slow Air: Chanter March 
1. Ian Hamilton 1. Jack Smith
2. Guy Shafer 2. Archie Clark
3. Archie Clark 3. Ian Hamilton
4. Angus McLean 4. Duncan Orr
5. Duncan Orr 5. Angus MacLean
6. Archie MacFadyen 6. Scott MacDonald
U15 Piobaireachd  U15 March  U15 Strathspey & Reel U15 Piobaireachd (Ground)
1. Calum Ian Brown 1. Calum Ian Brown 1. Calum Ian Brown 1. Ben Muir
2. Harry McLachlan 2. Robbie MacIsaac 2. Harry McLachlan 2. Blair Dickenson
3. Robbie McIsaac 3. Harry McLachlan 3. Robbie MacIsaac
4. James Miller 4. Donald Stewart 4. Donald Stewart
5. Lewis Russell 5. James Miller 5. Lewis Russell
6. Donald C Stewart 6. Owen Sweeny 6. Angus Finlay MacPhee
15-17 Jig 15-17 MSR 15-17 Piobaireachd 
1. Seamus O’Baoighill 1. Ciaran Ross 1. Cameron MacDougall
2. Harry Richards 2. Daniel McDermott 2. Brighde Chaimbeul
3. Cameron MacDougall 3. Brighde Chaimbeul 3. Seamus O’Baoighill
4. John Dew 4. Chris Coates 4. Calum Carslaw
5. Alasdair Donaghy 5. Seamus O’Baoighill 5. John Dew
6. Alasdair Hutcheon 6. Lucy Ferguson 6. Ciaren Ross

Overall Chanter Champion Ian Hamilton

Overall Novice Champion  Calum Ian Brown

Overall Junior Champion  Seamus O’Baoighill


Metro Cup Livestream

Metro Cup Live StreamThe National Piping Centre are continuing their popular live internet streams of international piping events in 2014, starting with the Metro Cup Piping Competition from Newark, NJ. The event will be broadcast live from 1pm EST on Saturday 15th February. Teaming up with the Metro Cup organisers the video broadcast will be available worldwide via our E-Learning site-elearning.thepipingcentre.co.uk 
This is the most prestigious piping competition in the US as the world’s best solo players contend for the coveted Metro Cup.
This year’s invited players are:
Alex Gandy
Bruce Gandy
Andrew Hayes
Dan Lyden
Derek Midgley
Andrew Carlisle
Gordon Walker
Roderick MacLeod
William McCallum
Angus MacColl
John Patrick
Alastair Dunn
Margaret Dunn
Glenn Brown
Callum Beaumont
Chris Armstrong
Jamie Troy
For only $10 viewers will be able to watch live and also on demand and will also be making a contribution towards Metro Express and The Metro Cup, helping to ensure the future of these events.

NPC Tutor Book App

Download The National Piping Centre Tutor Book App

Buy for £32.99

This innovative product is the result of a collabrative project between Ceol Mor Software & Publishing and the National Piping Centre, Scotland. Building on the success of the Bagpipe Tutor Book produced by the NPC, learners now have the option of purchasing a fully digital version of this publication, now with enhanced functionality.


Not only is this product a fully digital publication, it is also a tutor for learning the Highland Bagpipe. It contains embedded video clips of the exercises as well as audio hints and tips from the director of music, who is also one of the top players in the world. Video clips of every exercise and tune being played through PiobMasterPro are also included. This really is a quantum leap from a standard publication


Publisher: Ceol Mor Software & Publishing Ltd

Copyright: The National Piping Centre

Spring Recital Series

Spring Piping Recitals 2014

A new recital series is coming to The National Piping Centre this spring, featuring some of the world’s best, newest and most exciting pipers.
21st February
Ladies Night
The all female line up on this special ladies night are Margaret Dunn, Clare Lynas, Caitlin McDonald and Sarah Muir.
Sponsoring this evening’s event is the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society where Dr Martin Lowe served as Honorary Secretary for 14 years from 1997-2011.


25th April
The Scott Wood Trio & Guests
The Scott Wood Trio and guests get the Piping Centre rockin’ at this month’s recital.


16th May

Gold Medalists

A Gold medal is something which most solo pipers strive towards and may only dream of. Tonight’s players, Glenn Brown and Finlay Johnston, have both succeeded in this premier piping accolade.

20th June
Clasp Winners
One of the leading pipers of this generation Callum Beaumont is joined by multi-title winning Angus MacColl at this solo piping recital
**Note this event has move from 21st March to 20th June**



We invite you to come and experience excellence in piping, whether you have just started learning or have been involved in piping for many years.
Tickets £10 adults / £8 conc
For tickets please visit www.thebagpipeshop.co.uk

Metro Express 2014 Now Open for Enrolments!

The National Piping Centre and The Metro Cup announce a weekend of world class piping including workshops, competitions, social events and more. The Metro Express workshops will take place on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February at The Ramada Plaza Hotel, Newark, NJ, USA and are scheduled to coincide with the Metro Cup and Metro Express competitions.

For More Information Click Here


Competition Entry Closing Date: 1st February 2014.
Only 20 spaces available per workshop.


Venue of the Year 2013

The National Piping Centre was delighted to be awarded Venue of the Year after over a decade of hosting countless events, concerts, gigs and more. The centre also hosts the annual Piping Live! Festival which sees over 10,000 visitors each year come in to Glasgow for hundreds of piping events.

Broadcasted live on BBC ALBA, the awards- organised by Hands Up for Trad- saw stars of the Scottish music scene flock to Aberdeen’s Music Hall to celebrate and honour the very best of traditional Scottish talent. This year’s glamorous ceremony was hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney. Winners of the prestigious awards were selected by almost 90,000 public votes.

Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of event sponsors MG ALBA says: “The Trads recognize those that have achieved excellence and we at MG ALBA are delighted to have been involved once again as sponsors.”


Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout Live at The National Piping Centre

Finlay MacDonald & Chris Stout

Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout

with Special Guest Ross Martin

Wednesday 27th November

At The National Piping Centre

Doors at 7pm

Start time 7.30pm

Tickets £10

Hot off the release of their latest album ‘The Cauld Wind’ Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout come to Glasgow as part of their Scottish Tour to play an intimate acoustic concert featuring both new material and classic tunes. Joined by the fantastic Ross Martin on guitar, this dynamic and charismatic duo are not to be missed.

This musical experience is not only a must for both fiddle and pipe enthusiasts but for all fans of traditional music in one of its purest forms.

Traditional music magazine The Living Tradition said that Chris and Finlay were an ‘unfeasibly talented duo‘ and that they ‘create sounds that weave together beautifully and demand that you sit up and listen’.

You can book tickets from our online shop or by phoning us on 0141 353 0220, emailing us at shop@thepipingcentre.co.uk or on the door.

Chris Stout is nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2013, along with The National Piping Centre who are nominated as Venue of the Year.