The National Piping Centre was saddened to hear of the passing of Willie McCallum Snr, suddenly after The Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition on Friday 8 March. We would like to extend our condolences to Willie’s family, especially his son Willie McCallum Jnr.
Willie Snr was a fantastic supporter of piping, attending many events here at The National Piping Centre and during Piping Live!. His enthusiasm and love for the instrument and its music and his joy of piping will be sadly missed.
In light of this news, the concert scheduled for Friday 15 April – Tradition Bearers – has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be refunded, and we will update further on any rearrangement in the coming weeks.
This Monday, 4th April, bring along the family to meet the bagpiper, for free!
Just drop in for our fantastic open day from 11am – 2pm on Monday, and the whole family can hear the bagpipes played, and you can try them out for yourselves. You can colour in your own piper, and if you try the pipes, you will receive a special certificate of achievement, signed by Amy our piper.
Its for everyone ages 2 and up and for one day only, so come along!
In the latest Scots Guards Knockout, Ross Miller won the second semi-final against Scott Barrie on Sunday 27 March. He will now meet Callum Beaumont on 15 May in the final, 4 pm as usual in the Scots Guards Club, Haymarket, Edinburgh. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door and include a curry served after.
Head along to the Scots Guards Club to see Callum Beaumont play in recital on Sunday 17 April at 4 pm. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door and include a curry served after.
This year Thornton Highland Gathering will be held on Saturday 2nd July . Unfortunately last year had to be cancelled due to the weather. Again this year we will be holding a solo piping contest. Please download the entry form from below.
THG Solo Piping Entry Form – 2016
THG Solo Piping Terms – 2016
The 2nd semi-final will be held on Saturday 2nd April at the College of Piping, Otago St, Glasgow. The pipers in this round are: Stuart Liddell vs Steven Leask.
Join us from 7.00pm for 7.30pm, there is a full bar service available so please come early for a drink and a chat and to get a good seat.
The winner of this will face John Patrick in the final on Saturday 7th May. The SPA are also hoping to transmit the contest via Livestream for our members and friends who are further afield. Donations via our website would be welcome. www.scottishpipersassociation.co.uk
The annual SPA Adult Amateur and Veterans Contest was held on 26th March 2016 at The College of Piping. The results were:
1 Stewart Gaudin
2 Andrew Park
3 Dagmar Pesta
1 Iain MacIntyre
2 Andrew Park
3 Anne Lore
1 Andrew Park
2 Iain MacIntyre
3 Stewart Gaudin
Veterans (slow air & march)
1 Brian Mulhearn
2 Graham Alexander
3 Iain Darroch
Overall (SPA Shield): Andrew Park
Best Slow Air (James Graham Shield): Graham Alexander
Adjudicator : Ronnie MacShannon
This Easter Sunday, 27th March, head along to the Scots Guards Club for the second semi-final of the 2016 Knockout Competition, where Ross Miller will play against Scott Barrie, to see who will play against Callum Moffat in the final. It starts at 4pm, tickets are £10 available on the door with a curry included.
Callum Beaumont will perform a recital at the Scots Guards Club on Sunday 17 April, at 4 pm. Tickets are £10.00, available on the door with a curry after.
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.