Worlds Grade 1 CLASP Results

Sean MoloneyMSR
1st Sean Moloney
2nd Mary Wallace
3rd Gordon Hislop

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Michael Graham
2nd Romana Brunner
3rd Mary Wallace

1st Matthew Cornetto
2nd Michael Graham
3rd Sean Moloney

Worlds Grade 2 CLASP Results

Michael McGowan2/4 March
1st Michael McGowan
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd James Carnegie

Strathspey & Reel
1st Michael McGowan
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd James Carnegie

6/8 March
1st Andrea Zingg
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd Colin Brown

1st Michael McGowan
2nd Romana Brunner
3rd Andrea Zingg

Overall Winner Michael McGowan

Worlds Grade 3 CLASP Results

Colin TaylorPiobaireachd
1st Evan Wraga
2nd Colin Taylor
3rd Iain Kirkwood

Ground (only)
1st Colin Taylor
2nd Evan Wraga
3rd James Hanlon

2/4 March
1st Colin Taylor
2nd Karina Huber
3rd Iain Kirkwood

Strathspey / Reel
1st Evan Wraga
2nd Colin Taylor
3rd Karina Huber

1st Robert Thomson
2nd Joris Panis
3rd Karina Huber

Overall Winner – Colin Taylor

Piping Live! 2015

Tomorrow sees the first day of Piping Live! 2015.
We’re looking forward to hosting the biggest and best week of piping with hundreds of events available for you to enjoy throughout the week.

Monday 10th August
The National Piping Centre
9am Piobaireachd Competition
5pm MSR Competition
Dowco Triumph Street, Inveraray and District, 78th Fraser Highlanders, 78th Highlander Halifax Citadel, Toronto Police
New Zealand Police
Tuesday 11th August
The Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Angus MacKenzie and Gabe McVarish, Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout, Callum Armstrong and George Pasca, Gary West and Mike Vass

Wednesday 12th August

The National Piping Centre
Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout, Matt MacIsaac and Troy MacGillivray, Bellon Maceiras Duo
Thursday 13th August
The Art School
Scott Wood Band, Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, The Armagh Pipers Club
Friday 14th August
The Art School
Flook, Fred Morrison, Patrick Molard and Yves Berthou
Saturday 15th August
The Art School
Sunday 16th August
The National Piping Centre

Worlds CLASP 2015 Draw


9.30am – Grade 3 Piobaireachd (Ground, Full – Own choice)

  1. Neil Mitchell (G&F)
  2. Stewart Allen (G&F)
  3. Evan Wraga (G&F)
  4. Duilio Vigliotti (G&F)
  5. James Hanlon (G&F)
  6. Iain Kirkwood (G&F)
  7. Robert Thomson (G&F)
  8. Karina Huber (G&F)
  9. Colin Brown (G&F)
  10. Colin Taylor (G&F)
  11. Joris Panis (G&F)

After Lunch – Grade 3 Light Music (2/4, S&R, Jig – All own choice)

  1. James Hanlon
  2. Robert Reid
  3. Colin Taylor
  4. Evan Wraga
  5. Karina Huber
  6. Duilio Vigliotti (MSR)
  7. Joris Panis
  8. Robert Thomson
  9. Iain Kirkwood


9.30am – Grade 2 Piobaireachd (Submit 2)

  1. Claus Reiss
  2. Dagmar Pesta R
  3. James Carnegie
  4. Romana Brunner
  5. Michael McGowan
  6. William Wardrope
  7. Robert Wallace
  8. Helen Thomson R
  9. Gill Cairns R
  10. Andrea Zingg
  11. John Campbell
  12. Tom Broderick
  13. George Gordon R

After Lunch – Grade 2 Light Music (2/4 – submit 2, S&R, 6/8 – Own choice)

  1. Douglas Maxwell
  2. Robert Wallace
  3. John Campbell
  4. Helen Thomson
  5. Michael McGowan
  6. Dagmar Pesta
  7. Neil Mitchell
  8. Gill Cairns
  9. Tom Broderick
  10. James Carnegie
  11. Andrea Zingg
  12. George Gordon
  13. Stewart Allen (MSR)
  14. Colin Brown
  15. Claus Reiss


9.30am – Grade 1 Piobaireachd (Submit 2)

  1. Michael Graham
  2. Sean Moloney
  3. Stewart Gaudin
  4. Robert Low
  5. Mary Wallace
  6. Matthew Cornetto
  7. Karen MacLean
  8. Ian Graham
  9. Douglas Maxwell
  10. Gordon Hislop

After Lunch – Grade 1 Light Music (MSR – submit 2 sets, H/J – Own choice)

  1. Ian Graham
  2. Robert Low
  3. Karen Maclean
  4. Sean Moloney
  5. William Wardrope
  6. Matthew Cornetto
  7. Marcus De Vight
  8. David Gatcum (MSR)
  9. Michael Graham
  10. Mary Wallace
  11. Richard Aitken
  12. Stewart Gaudin
  13. Gordon Hislop
  14. Romana Brunner

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