Worlds 2015 CLASP

Entries are now open for The World Solo Amateur Piping Competition.

The venue is The Trades Hall of Glasgow.
Grade 3 will be held on Tuesday 11th August.
Grade 2 – Wednesday 12th and Grade 1 will be on Thursday 13th August.

Eric and Maureen Stein have kindly continued their wonderful sponsorship of an all expenses paid trip to compete at the amateur section of the Metro Cup in New York! This will be presented to the overall winner of the Grade 1 section.

Judges are as follows:
Grade 3 – Ann Gray
Grade 2 – Willie Morrison
Grade 1 – Wilson Brown

CLASP Gradings for 2015/2016

CLASP organisers are having a meeting next week to determine gradings. All members will be notified of gradings as soon as possible.
Anyone who has entered in the wrong grade after gradings will be moved accordingly by the organisers.

The National Piping Centre achieves Investors in Young People Silver Accreditation

IIP-2015-SilverThe National Piping Centre & The Pipers’ Tryst Hotel, a centre of excellence for Bagpiping, Events and Hospitality, has achieved the prestigious Investors in Young People Silver Accreditation, the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. This represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates The National Piping Centre as an employer of choice for young people and testament to their effective practices around Youth Employment.

IIYP, Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people, originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood. The accreditation was launch in July 2014, and offered to all businesses across Scotland, the award recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people. In July 2015 the second generation framework was launched offering additional stretch to organisations who go above the standard.

Having now achieved the silver accreditation, The National Piping Centre is now eligible to use and display the Investors in Young People silver logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.

Commenting on the award, Gemma Cannon, General Manager said, “Almost half of our employees are under the age of 25 so the IIYP accreditation seemed like a natural fit for our business. With the assistance of IIYP we have implemented various changes to the business, which all support the overall business strategy. As a result communication, leadership and teamwork have all improved and we have developed a stronger team.”

Roddy Macleod MBE, Principal said, “We are delighted to receive the IIYP Silver accreditation. We actively encourage our young staff to play a full and active part in the development of the business and as result we have reaped the rewards of investment in their talent.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said “This is a fantastic achievement for The National Piping Centre and I and the whole IIYP team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them. The 2nd generation framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but now offers accredited organisations the additional stretch of achieving silver accreditation. The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills in areas such as IT and social media, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations along with enthusiasm and unique talents.”

The National Piping Centre is located in Glasgow’s Theatreland and is a national and international centre of excellence for the great Highland Bagpipe and its music. This unique company includes a school with rehearsal rooms and piping museum as well as a hotel, restaurant and events business. The National Piping Centre employs just over 50 staff and has been established since 1998, when it was opened by its patron HRH The Prince of Wales.

About Investors in Young People

  • Investors in Young People offers a practical, flexible and easy to use tool to assist in the recognition and support in recruitment, training and retention of young people
  • The Investors in Young People framework responds to a need to bring young people into the workplace and the difference in recruitment, support, management and development that young people require
  • In July 2015 the framework was revised and updated to offer organisations additional stretch. The 2nd generation framework includes the addition of silver and gold levels of accreditation
  • For more information on Investors in Young People please visit www.investorsinyoungpeople.scot

Roseneath 2015 CLASP Draw

The CLASP competition will start at 10.30am. CLASP Competitors should register at the registration tent on the games field and competitors will also recieve their number badge for the day. The platform information will be on display in the registration tent and will show the platforms numbered 1-6, name of which competition is on which platform and name of judges for each platform.
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Uist and Barra Piping Association

Highlands and Islands Young Piper of the Year Competition

Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula
Thursday 23 July 2015 from 9am
Competitions: aged 30 and under, under 18, under 15, novice piping, open chanter

Closing date for entries 15 July 2015
Contact eala311@aol.com for entry forms

Piper’s Prize Giving Ceilidh (with bar, tea, coffee, raffle)
Dark Island Hotel
7.30 PM

Brìghde Chaimbeul Piping Recital

St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington – Sunday 5th July 4.00pm-5.00pm

Brighde Chaimbeul - Skye Highland Games 2014
17 year old Brìghde Chaimbeul comes from the Isle of Skye and has been immersed in Scottish/Gàidhlig music from a young age. She was offered a place at St Mary’s Music School in 2010 and since then has been receiving tuition from award-winning piper Iain Speirs, and Fin Moore (since 2014), having previously studied with Niall Stewart.
Recent successes include winning the National Piping Centre Under 18’s in Glasgow and playing in the final of the MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd contest. Brìghde has performed in venues across Scotland, and took part in a folk festival in Northern Norway last year playing with international artists such as Torje Jensen and Mike Vass. She is embarking on a 5 week tour this summer with Fèis Rois and is preparing for the prestigious spot of the lone piper at the Highland Military Tattoo this September.
This recital will consist of a wide repertoire of tunes on both Highland pipes and Scottish smallpipes, from formal March, Strathspeys and Reels and Piobaireachd to lighter traditional music from as far afield as Spain and Canada.

Westside Agricultural Show 2015 Solo Piping Competition

Held on the 31st July 2015 – Gates open at 12noon – Barvas Machair, Loch street, Isle of Lewis

Types of competition: Piobaireachd, MSR, Jig and Hornpipe for all U15, U18 & Open categories.
Novice piping, chanter sections are beginner, novice and open

To enter, please contact Ashley MacDonald: 07919101011 – ash_la@hotmail.co.uk

Open top prizes for 1st for Piobaireachd – £80, 2nd £60, 3rd £45, MSR 1st £50, 2nd £45, 3rd £30, Jig & Hornpipe 1st £50, 2nd £45, 3rd £30. Overall winners in U15, U18 and Open have an overall trophy. Chanter, novice piping U15 & U18 receive medals up to 3rd prize.
Situated on the Barvas Machair unspoilt landscape we have the Westside Cattle Show running for the 33rd year – with various stalls and competitions for Cattle, Sheep, veg and fruit, knitting, Arts & crafts to heavy and sport events with a display from Highland dancers and pipe band – we also have a car and tractor show of various classics to Tea & coffee with a treat to taste our local baking, we also have an all day BBQ!

Competitors free, Adults £5 and children £2