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The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

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Overseas Schools

Bruggen Winter School - Germany

Bruggen Winter School - Germany

The Pipers Corner, Bruggen, is proud to present the Original Winter School in Bruggen, Germany. Join tutors from The National Piping Centre, and other top instructors for a week long school which includes lessons, concerts, recitals and more.

Join the course in March

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Virginia Piping School

Virginia Piping School

Join a stellar line-up of teachers in 2017 as The National Piping Centre returns to Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA for its annual Summer school. With piping tuition some of the world's best instructors, this will be a school not to be missed!

Join us from 18th - 23rd June 2017

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Seasonal Schools

Young Stars

Young Stars

If you are a piping student, under the age of 16, you could be a Young Star! This 4 day course has been specially developed for young pipers, with games, lessons, practical workshops, practice time and more. You will meet other young pipers and learn new music in our fantastic school.

With courses in Spring, Summer and Autumn, there will be a school to suit you.

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NPC Adult Gatherings

NPC Adult Gatherings

Join our Adult Gatherings this year, for a fantastic social learning experience. As well as themed workshops, practice time and small group lessons there will social events planned for you to relax, enjoy the music and discuss your playing with other players, meaning you can improve your playing through this shared learning experience.

With courses in Spring, Summer and Autumn, there will be a school to suit you.

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MMus Scottish Music

Welcome to the MMus/MA (Scottish Music). You begin your postgraduate studies with the core of your musical personality – the skills, understandings and attitudes that define you as a piper – already established; your postgraduate studies should nurture that existing artistic personality so that you can really make a difference in the fields in which you choose to work.

The National Piping Centre delivers the piping tuition on the MMus Scottish Music in collaboration with the teaching from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, to deliver the very best programme of tuition. 

The programme offers advanced training to talented traditional musicians from a diverse range of undergraduate degrees or their equivalent, allowing you to refine and extend your musicianship in the context of your own aspirations. Most importantly, we have designed it so that you take ownership of the learning process throughout the degree and beyond it, whether in the professional world or in higher studies (such as a PhD).

Find out more about the programme here
 

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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