City of Brechin Pipe Band Announcements



City of Brechin Pipe Band presents an evening of piping and dancing. One of Scotland’s premier Grade 1 bands, Scottish Power, will be performing, along with our own Grade 3 and 4 bands. Also featured are dancers from the Delma Wilson & Nicola Grant Dancing Schools, including ‘Strictly Alba’ a group of dancers who narrowly missed out on the live finals of Britain’s got Talent. An evening of top quality entertainment not to be missed! TICKETS ON SALE NOW! See the flyer for details and eticketing link for online pruchase of tickets. Tickets are also available direct from City of Brechin band members.

City of Brechin Concert



The Brechin Solo’s take place this year on 5 October, commencing at 09.00am. The venue is, once again, Brechin High School. Deadline for entries is 27 September. Entry forms provided below.

Brechin solo piping entry form

Brechin solo drumming entry form

The Northern Meeting CLASP draw 2013

The Eden Court Theatre

All Piobaireachd competitions will commence first, followed by light music.

Grade 3

Piobaireachd- Own Choice

Kitt Mackenzie

Robert Ross

Robert Thomson

Stephen Whitton


March, Strathspey and Reel- Own Choice

Kitt Mackenzie

Douglas Maxwell

Robert Thomson


Grade 2

Piobaireachd- Submit 2, play 1

Douglas Maxwell

Neil Mitchell

Liza MacFarquhar

MSR- Submit 2 Marches, Own Choice Strathspey and Reel (2 Separate


Neil Mitchell

Liza MacFarquhar

Grade 1

Piobaireachd- Submit 2 tunes.

James Beaton

Michael Graham

Susy Klinger

Jacquelyn Lewis

Andrew Park

MSR- Submit 2 sets of tunes.

James Beaton

Michael Graham

Susy Klinger

Robert Ross

Stephen Whitton

Jacquelyn Lewis

Andrew Park

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 David Wilton at
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 or or visit

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 from 7pm (BST) Wednesday 17th April