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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 or call the NPC on 0141 353 0220.

The 14th Annual Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition


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
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



2013 Junior Competition Results

Junior Competition Winners 2013

On Saturday 23rd February The National Piping Centre hosted its 17th Junior Piping Competition.

The day saw over 40 young pipers from across the country competing in various categories from chanter competitions to Piobaireachd. All competitors showed great levels of skill and talent and it was fantastic to meet so many young people who are passionate about the pipes.

Well done to everyone who was involved.

Overall Winners

15-17 Years Champion: Daniel McDermott    

Under 15 Years Champion: Harry McLachlan

Chanter Champion: Ruari Buchan

Category A Event 1 Category A Event 2 Category A Event 3
15-17 Piobaireachd 15-17 MSR 15-17 Jig
 1st  Scott Barrie 1st  Scott Barrie 1st  Daniel McDermott
2nd  Daniel McDermott 2nd  Daniel McDermott 2nd  Andrew Clark
3rd  Cameron MacDougall 3rd  Lucy Ferguson 3rd  Iain Crawford
4th  Iain Crawford 4th  Andrew Clark 4th  Seamus O’Baoighill
5th  Lucy Ferguson 5th  Iain Crawford 5th   Lucy Ferguson
6th  Rebecca Tierney 6th  Rebecca Tierney 6th   Scott Barrie
Category B Event 4 Category B Event 5 Category B Event 6 Category B Event 7
U 15 Piobaireachd U 15 Piob (Ground) U 15 March U 15 S&R
1st  Kyle Shead 1st  Ciardha Baxter 1st  Harry McLachlan 1st  Harry MacLachlan
2nd  Harry McLachlan 2nd  Blair Dickinson 2nd  Donald Stewart 2nd  Joshua Townsley
3rd  Brighde Chaimbeul 3rd  Joshua Townsley 3rd  Aaron Hossain
4th  Joshua Townsley 4th   Aaron Hossain 4th  Donald Stewart
5th  Donald Stewart 5th  Robbie MacIsaac 5th  James Miller
6th  Aaron Hossain 6th  Calum Ian Brown 6th  Robbie MacIsaac
Category C Event 8 Category C Event 9
Chanter – Slow Air Chanter – March
1st  Ruari Buchan 1st  Euan Thomson
2nd  Archie Clark 2nd  Cameron McLay
3rd  Eosaph Caimbeul 3rd  Ruari Buchan


Metro Express 2013 Results




Grade 2 Piobaireachd

1. Andrew Chalfoun

2. James Dyson

3. Misha Murdoch

Grade 2 MSR

1. James Dyson

2. Sean Buchta

3. Chase Hamilton

Overall Grade 2 Winner

James Dyson – Naill Bagpipes




Grade 3 Piobaireachd

1. Michaela Harper

2. Kirsten Deal

3. Thomas Cangelosi

Grade 3 March

1. Steve Grubber

2. Michaela Harper

3. Kirsten Deal

Grade 3 Strathspey and Reel

1. Michaela Harper

2. Jacob Laughlin

3. Steve Grubber

Overall Grade 3 Winner

Michaela Harper – McCallum Bagpipes




Grade 4 Piobaireachd

1. John Henderson

2. Garret MacKenzie

Grade 4 Piobaireachd Ground

1. Sarah Day

Grade 4 March

1. John Henderson

2. Daniel Curtin

3. Sarah Day

Grade 4 Strathspey and Reel

1. John Henderson

2. Daniel Curtin

3. Sarah Day

Overall Grade 4 Winner

John Henderson – Wallace Bagpipes

Sign Up to Evening Classes!

Fancy learning the bagpipes? Term 2 begins on Saturday 19th January 2013 and finishes Thursday 28th March 2013. The cost is £80 for under 16s and £90 for adults for the ten week term. 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