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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

Young Stars

Young Stars Schools

The Young Stars 4 day piping schools are specifically targeted towards young pipers aged 16 and under.

The dates for these schools in 2017 are:

Young Stars Spring: Monday 9th -Thursday 12th April 2018 
Young Stars Summer: Monday 9th -Thursday 12th July 2018 
Young Stars Autumn: Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th October 2018

These schools will include 

  • Group lessons
  • Games
  • Small practice groups
  • Workshops 
  • Tuition time
  • Talks

All of this will be tailored for young learners. It will be a great opportunity for young pipers to get together and have fun as well as learning more about the instrument. We wanted to create a place where they can develop their piping, with some exciting music to learn and meet other young pipers from across the country.

The schools will run daily from 9am – 4.50pm and costs £160 per place for 4 days tuition.

There will be a music pack provided for each school. 

Download a sample timetable here.

Accommodation 

Did you know we have an 8-bedroom hotel on site? If you would like to book accommodation whilst here for your course, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to The Pipers' Tryst Hotel page

Young Stars Beginners

If you have always wanted to learn the pipes, then begin your journey with us.

This half week course is designed specifically for young learners aged 16 and under, whose experience playing is limited to playing the scale or less.

Taking place during the Young Stars Piping Schools, this course starts at 1.30pm each day. You will receive 2 lessons per day, as well as join in with the recital or workshop, giving you the chance to meet other young players.

This is an example of the format for the timetable and you can see BEG marked.

At The National Piping Centre, we teach from our Highland Tutor Book I, which is available to purchase through our registration form here, and you will save £5 on RRP. If you need to purchase a chanter, there is also an option to purchase our starter pack, which contains the Tutor Book and a Chanter, which also has £5 off RRP.

This school costs £80 for the half week option.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

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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