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.
Tutors

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.

FIND OUT MORE…
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

E-Learning

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.

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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.”

Evening Classes – April to June 2013

Fancy learning the bagpipes? This 10 week block begins on Saturday 13th April 2013 and finishes Thursday 20th June 2013.
The cost is £80 for under 16s and £90 for adults. The classes last for 50 minutes and may start from 6pm, 7pm and 8pm Monday to Thursday and at 10am and 11am on Saturday mornings. Lessons are given in small groups where the students will be of similar standard. You will be taught by one of our expert teachers using The National Piping Centre’s instructional system.

For more info visit www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/bagpipe-education/evening-classes/

Margaret is back!

The National Piping Centre would like to welcome Margaret Dunn back to work after her spell on maternity leave. Margaret is available again for lessons and her hours include both daytime and evening teaching. Our variety of tuition services allows pipers worldwide to avail of our high teaching standards, with Skype proving an extremely effective method of teaching for our further away students. To check availability, or book a lesson please email twilliams@thepipingcentre.co.uk or call the NPC on 0141 353 0220.

The 14th Annual Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition

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Saturday 9th March saw The 14th Annual Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition take place at The National Piping Centre, Glasgow. A full day of fantastic piping concluded with the following results. Congratulations to everyone who competed on the day.

B Piobaireachd  C Piobaireachd
The Barbara Gilles Trophy The Jimmie McGregor Trophy
1 Steven Gray 1 Matt Fraser
2 Darach Urquhart 2 Kris Coyle
3 Donald Macleod 3 Christopher Gray
4 George Stewart 4 Hayley McInnes
5 Robert Gibb 5 Ross Hume
B MSR C MSR
The 1745 Trophy The National Piping Centre Trophy
1 Sarah Muir 1 Stuart McCallum
2 Alexander Scougall 2 Andy Gray
3 Graham Drummond 3 Mael Sicard-Cras
4 Kris Coyle 4 Ross Hume
5 Steven Leask 5 Glenn Ross
B/C Jig
The Keepers of the Quaich Trophy
1 Bradley Parker
2 Connor Sinclair
3 Graham Drummond
4 George Stewart
5 Kristopher Coyle
Overall Winner
The Jimmy McIntosh MBE Quaich
Graham  Drummond