Meet The Bagpiper!
This summer, come to The National Piping Centre for a very special Scottish experience. Meet our Bagpiper who will take you on a journey through the rich history of the Scotland’s National Instrument in the Museum of Piping, perform live for you, then let you try them for yourself!
So, join us each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, from 1st April – 30th September for tours at 11am and 2pm. 11am tour only on Saturdays. Please purchase your tickets on arrival at The National Piping Centre. Tickets are: £4.50 adult / £2.50 child
Inveraray Highland Games will take place on Tuesday 19th July 2016. Piping Entries are now open.
All entry forms must be received by the Piping Secretaries no later than 19th June 2016, no late entries will be accepted.
Grade B & C competition is limited to the first 25 entries received, a draw will take place after the closing date and if required a reserve list will be used. Competitors not picked in the draw will be notified and refunded through PayPal.
Junior events £3.00
All other events £5.00
Details of all set tune requirements and to enter online are all available here.
We had a great day here at The National Piping Centre on Saturday 19 March 2016, welcoming a fantastic number of competitors to this year’s Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition. This was the 17th annual event, which was set up by Roddy MacLeod, our Principal, who was a pupil of Duncan’s. The event is administered by the Competing Pipers Association, and we want to thank them for their organisation of the day.
Pictured L-R Connor Jardine, Ross McKay and Connor Sinclair.
The results are:
Overall Winner: Charles MacDonald
1 Charles MacDonald
2 Douglas Gardiner
3 Ross Cowan
4 Calum Watson
5 Gavin Ferguson
1 Connor Sinclair
2 Callum Moffat
3 Matt Wilson
4 Kris Coyle
5 Andrew Wilson
1 Connor Jardine
2 Andrew Bova
3 Alex Gehrig
4 Ben Mulhearn
5 Alastair Donaghy
1 Ross MacKay
2 Brighde Chaimbeul
3 Chris Lee
4 Connor Jardine
5 Ciaren Ross
1 Jonathon Simpson
2 Ross Cowan
3 Matt Fraser
4 Calum Watson
5 Brighde Chaimbeul
Thanks to Alistair Sinclair for the photography.
The Scottish Pipers’ Association Professional Contest 2016 will take place on Saturday 16th April 2016, at The College of Piping. The judges for the day are Ian McLellan, Willie Morrison, John Wilson and Andrew Wright. The event starts at 9.45am.
Find out more on SPA facebook page, and download entry forms from below.
SPA Membership Form
Contest Entry Form 2016
The Kintyre Piping Society Annual Junior Piping Championship Competition will take place on Saturday 23 April 2016 in the Seafield Hotel, Campbeltown, commencing at 0930am.
Entries must be received no later than 15th April 2016
Return to: Mr W McCallum,
Kintyre Piping Society,
Argyll, PA28 6DD.
Tel: 01586 552508.
Society e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Draw must be strictly adhered to. Any late entries received will play first.
Entry Info – 2016
Event Entry Form 2016
Now that spring is in the air, the time is right to look for your next challenge. If you are looking to get into piping, or take your piping back up a notch, then our new term of Evening Classes is for you!
Starting from Saturday 23rd April, with Saturday and week nights to suit you, there are levels from complete beginner to advanced players, all of which let you develop your piping. And if you book for the school, you get TWO FREE HOURS of teaching with our weekly Club Night every Tuesday.
Its £90 adults/ £80 U16s for our 10 week course, so register today for this fantastic term of lessons here
More than 700 pupils had Scotland’s capital city in fine tune yesterday, Sunday 13th March, after going head to head at the Scottish School Pipe Band Championships. Youngsters from 118 schools across Scotland travelled to Edinburgh to take part in the event – a competition dedicated celebrating Scotland’s musical tradition and the talent of our young people.
This year’s event at Broughton High School saw pupils compete in eight categories tailored to their skill set, including juvenile, novice juvenile, debut, junior and quartets.
The full list of winners:
1st place – Portree High School
2nd place – Stranraer Academy
3rd place – Tobermory High School
Junior B Contest
1st place – Ullapool High School
2nd place – The Glasgow Academy
3rd place – Dundee Schools
Junior A Contest
1st place – St Columbus School
2nd place – Gordonstoun School
3rd place – Fettes College
Novice Juvenile B Contest
1st place – Lochalsh Juniors
2nd place – George Watson’s College
3rd place – Knox Academy
Novice Juvenile A Contest
1st place – Dollar Academy
2nd place – North Lanarkshire Schools
3rd place – George Watson’s College
1st place – George Watson’s College
2nd place – Dollar Academy
3rd place – Preston Lodge High School
1st place – Dumfries Schools
2nd place – Lochgilphead High School
3rd place – St Andrew’s R.C. High School A
Freestyle Musicianship Contest
1st place – The High School of Glasgow
2nd place – Gordonstoun School
3rd place – Sgoil Lionacleit
The Kinlochard Gathering is once again looking for young pipers aged Under 18 to take part in its competition to be held on Sunday 17th July 2016. The Gathering is an annual community gala day / mini Highland Games for the village of Kinlochard and district – you can find out more at: www.kinlochard.org
Details of the day are: 11:10 hrs – Pipers assemble at the Forest Hills hotel, Kinlochard to leave in the grand parade to the games field at 11:30 hrs , as competing pipers play in the parade. The main event opens at midday. 12:30 hrs piping competition begins. 17:00 hrs event ends.
Download the entry form here: Junior solo piping competition
The 2016 Uist and Barra Piping Competition took place on Saturday 6th March at The College of Piping. The results were:
Overall: Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow
1st Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow “The Phantom Piper of Corrieyarick”
2nd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, “The Rout of the Lowland Captain”
3rd Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, “”Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie”
4th Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, “The Battle of Waternish”
5th Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow, “The Old Men of the Shells” #1
1st Finlay Johnston, Glasgow
2nd Callum Beaumont
3rd Willie McCallum
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Alasdair Henderson
Hornpipe & Jig
1st Alasdair Henderson
2nd Roddy MacLeod
3rd Glenn Brown, Glasgow
4th Gordon McCready
5th Callum Beaumont
Judges for all event were Ian Duncan, Stuart Shedden and Andrew Wright.
Aberdeenshire Council are recruiting the first piping and drumming instructors to be employed by the Council. The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust is co-funding the posts and are delighted that young people at Banff Academy and its cluster primary schools, plus pupils at some of the surrounding schools will have opportunities to learn in school.
To find out more and apply go to: https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/aberdeenshire-council