SPA Recital – John Patrick

The Scottish Pipers’ Association is pleased to announce the final recital for this year and we have asked John Patrick to do the honours.
Join them on Saturday 10th December at the College of Piping, Otago Street, Glasgow at 7.30pm.
John is no stranger to SPA events and his selection of music on that magnificent bagpipe will ensure a great evening. There will be a full bar service, tickets will be available on the door.

Piping Instructor Wanted – Edinburgh Area

A youth pipe band committee based in central Edinburgh seeks an inspirational and professional piping instructor to teach in three primary schools and a secondary school approximately 12 hours per week during school time. The instructor will also develop a youth pipe band that will perform in local schools and the community, and take part in competitions. There is a competitive hourly rate for this work.

Please send your CV and a covering letter to by 15th December.

Interviews will take place after the school day on 19th December.

The successful candidate must be able to start work in January.

Chatsworth Country Fair Dates for 2017

The Chatsworth Country Fair will be held between Friday, 1 and Sunday, 3 September 2017

The Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) events and Juvenile solo contests will be held on Saturday 2nd September, with the pipe band and professional solo contests on Sunday, 3 September.

The CLASP at the Piobaireachd Society Conference 2017

There will be a short presentation on Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) on the 25th March, 2017, as part of the Piobaireached Society Conference, followed by a performance of Set Tunes by the Grade 2 and Grade 1 current CLASP winners, Gill Cairns (List 2) and Gordon Hislop (List 1). This event is open to all and will take place at the Birnam Hotel, Dunkeld.

Isle of Arran Piping and Drumming Instructors Wanted

Isle of Arran Pipe Band in conjunction with North Ayrshire Council Education Dept are looking to recruit a piping and a drumming instructor to teach piping and drumming one day per week on the Isle of Arran, either on a Wednesday or Thursday.

The tutors will be able to travel from the mainland on the 09.45 boat leaving Ardrossan harbour, arriving at Brodick Pier at 10.40 allowing them to travel to Whiting Bay Primary School to teach children P.5 – P. 7 from 11 a.m. until the lunch time break. In the afternoon they will travel to the Arran High School Campus in Lamlash and teach within the music department there, allowing piping and drumming to be available for any pupil interested in learning either piping or drumming and assisting High School pupils with their music exams. Currently there are 3 pupils sitting Highers and others working towards National Exam qualifications. At 15.45 on completion of the school day the tutors will travel to Brodick and teach after school piping there and depart on the 19.20 sailing from Brodick Pier returning to Ardrossan harbour at 20.15.

Transport is possible using good bus links, but where necessary volunteers will assist in the travel arrangements.

Funding is in place and the hourly rate for teaching will be £20 per hour.

For more information, please contact Angus Adamson at:

Beginner Gaelic Class at The National Piping Centre – Starting January 2017

The National Piping Centre is hosting its very first Gaelic for beginners class this January! Join us every Thursday from 19th January – 23rd March 2017 from 6pm until 8pm for these fantastic new series of lessons.

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!

The classes will cost £50 adults and £40 concession (Student, 65+, U16)

If you would like further information, please contact the class tutor James Beaton on

Part Time Tenor & Bass Drumming Tutor Wanted – Preston Lodge Pipe Band

The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) is seeking applications for the position of tenor and bass drumming tutor for the Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band in Prestonpans, East Lothian.

The role is part time and will focus on working within our development programme in the Prestonpans cluster schools, teaching tenor and bass drumming. The role will carry pro-rata holiday entitlement of 28 days per annum, and the option to join a pension scheme with employer contribution.

The successful applicant will have a passion and energy for youth development and teaching, be confident, pro-active, have good self-discipline, and will be able to help lead our two pipe bands to success.

The position will be 10 – 13 hours per week during term-time, including a full day teaching at Preston Lodge. In addition, extracurricular activities include competitions, concerts, various functions, possible foreign trips and a week-long Summer and Easter school.

Competitive remuneration package

If you are interested in the position, contact Simon Grant – SSPDT drum major and principal drumming tutor for the Prestonpans schools cluster via email, accompanied with your C.V. and a covering letter outlining why you are interested in the post.

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2016

Autumn Solo Piping Judges Seminar – 20th November

The Solo Piping Judges’ Association (SPJA) and the Piobaireachd Society have
decided to adopt a different approach to their autumn judges’ seminar this year.
The seminar, which is free of charge, will be held in the auditorium at the National
Piping Centre in Glasgow and will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. It will
also be live streamed so that it may be viewed by those who cannot make it to
The livestream will be available to watch at
The main subject for discussion will be the set tunes for the Silver Medal
competitions in 2017. These are tunes drawn from Book 16 and from the
compositions of Pipe Major Donald MacLeod and so are unlikely to be well known.
The seminar will be chaired by Jack Taylor and the discussions will be led by Andrew
Wright (Book 16 tunes) and John Wilson (Donald MacLeod tunes) and some of the
tunes will be illustrated on the pipes.
It is hoped that this will be of interest to judges, competitors and teachers, as well as
to the wider public.
The agenda for the day, and approximate timings, are as follows:
13.00 to 14.30 Book 16 set tunes
14.30 to 15.00 Short break
15.00 to 16.30 Donald MacLeod set tunes


The CLASP London Results 2016

It was a great weekend for the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) in London at the Scottish Piping Society of London’s Annual Competition. Pictured is Andrea Zingg who won the Grade 1 Piobaireachd event. The full results were as follows:

Overall Winners
Grade 3 Andrew Richardson
Grade 2 Con Houlihan
Grade 1 Andrew Park

Grade 3 Piobaireachd (Ground)
1st Bill Copland
2nd James Hanlon
3rd Alfred Graf

Grade 3 Full Piobaireachd
1st Neil Scotland
2nd Bill Copland
3rd Andrew Ricahardson

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1st James Carnegie
2nd Tom Broderick
3rd Lachlan MacDonald

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
1st Andrea Zingg
2nd Andrew Park
3rd Bradley Boxall

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1st Andrew Richardson
2nd Joris Panis
3rd Lachlan MacDonald

Grade 3 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Joris Panis
2nd Andrew Richardson
3rd Lachlan MacDonald

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st Con Houlihan
2nd Bradley Boxall
3rd Andrea Zingg

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Bradley Boxall
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd Andrea Zingg

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Enora Morice
2nd Andrew Park
3rd Robert Frater

Grade 1 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Enora Morice
2nd Andrew Park
3rd Len Durham