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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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Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 1

 

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 2

 

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 3

 

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 4

 

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 5

 

Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Part 6

 


Highland Bagpipe Piobaireachd Tutor Music - Appendix: Sung Cainntaireachd 

 

Gaelic for Beginners

The National Piping Centre Gaelic for beginners class is a 10 week course, each Thursday from 6pm until 8pm.

The classes will start from complete beginner level, with the conversational basics, as well as other useful Gaelic expressions. It will also give insights into Gaelic and Highland culture, and why it is so important to piping!

Our January term will begin on Thursday 25th January 2018 - Thursday 5th April. 

If you would like further information, please contact the class tutor James Beaton on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register at the form here

About the Instructor

About the Instructor

James Beaton grew up in Inveraray, and has a degree is Celtic Studies from Edinburgh University. He is Librarian of the National Piping Centre, and also teaches on the Centre's undergraduate courses, run in conjunction with the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as on the HNC Music course run by the Centre. He is a fluent Gaelic speaker.

 

 

 

Media Enquiries

The National Piping Centre receives many requests for filming and visits by journalists throughout the year. We are happy to accommodate these requests where possible, however availability is limited, so if you would like to arrange a media visit, the following charges will apply:

  • Print journalists, with a group of 2 or less – Free of charge. These visits must be planned around our tour times and days, and agreed in advance with the management 
  • Film crews with 2 or more people. Where possible we will organise a 3 hour media slot in our venue with a piper. This allows you access to the Museum of Piping to film general shots. Many of the items in our collection are on loan from National Museums Scotland (NMS). For permission to film close ups of these objects you need to also obtain permission from NMS. The cost for this visit is £250 for a 0 – 3 hour visit. 

On your visit we will provide:

  • Up to three hours of filming permission. 
  • Access to our Museum of Piping or Auditorium (if available) for your filming. 
  • A bagpiper in full day dress, who can speak knowledgeably about the history of piping, conduct a tour of our museum and will guide you through the basics of playing the bagpipes as you try them out. 

For more information or to arrange a media visit to The National Piping Centre please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 

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

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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