Bagpipe and Drumming Instructor posts – Banff, Aberdeenshire

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

SPA Knockout – Semi Final 1

The Scottish Pipers Association is pleased to announce that the players for the first semi-final of our Knockout contest series are John Patrick versus Angus MacColl. These two are both former winners of the contest so it should be a fantastic evening of piping.
It will take place on Saturday 12th March at College of Piping Otago Street Glasgow 7.00pm for 7.30pm. There will be a full bar service available. Please come early for a dram, a chat and to ensure a good seat.
Admission is £7.50, and tickets are available on the door.

Junior Competition 2016 – Results

Here are the full results from The National Piping Centre Junior Competition 2016, which took place on Saturday 20 February.

Event 1 – 15-17 Piobaireachd 
1. Lewis Russell
2. Harry McLachlan
3. John Campbell
4. Kyle Shead
5. Holly Fredlander
6. Calum Craib

Event 2 -15-17 MSR
1. Robbie MacIsaac
2. Harry McLachlan
3. Holly Fredlander
4. Finlay Frame
5. Calum Craib
6. Calum Davidson

Event 3 – 15-17 Jig
1. Harry McLachlan
2. John Campbell
3. Robbie MacIsaac
4. Finlay Frame
5. Kyle Shead
6. Jordan Ednie

Overall 15-17 Junior Champion
Harry McLachlan

Event 4 – U15 Piobaireachd 
1. Luke Shearer
2. Finlay Cameron
3. Christopher Happs
4. John A McLaren
5. Andrew Ferguson
6. Jamie Niall Campbell

Event 5 – U15 Piobaireachd (Ground)
1. Ross Strain
2. Saul Sweeney
3. Finn Murray

Event 6 – U15 March 
1. Finlay Cameron
2. Jamie Niall Campbell
3. Andrew Ferguson
4. Niall Beattie
5. Ruairidh Brown
6. Eosaph Caimbeul

Event 7 – U15 Strathspey & Reel
1. Ross Strain
2. Luke Kennedy
3. Hazel Whyte
4. Luke Shearer
5. Christopher Happs
6. James Forrest

Overall U15 Novice Champion
Finlay Cameron

Event 8 – Chanter Slow Air
1. Lewis Maxwell
2. Archie MacFadyen
3. Josh Esson
4. Fraser Smith
5. Patrick Connor
6. Luca MacKenna

Event 9 – Chanter March 
1.Lewis Maxwell
2. Ruaraidh Drennan
3. Fraser Smith
4. Archie MacFadyen
5. Josh Esson
6. Harrison Bishop

Overall Chanter Champion
Lewis Maxwell

The Scots Guards Club – Knockout results and Recital announced

There was a great weekend of piping at The Scots Guards Club in Edinburgh, where in the Knockout Semi-Final Callum Moffat won through against Craig Sutherland  yesterday, Sunday 21 February and is the first Finalist. The next semi-final is between Scott Barrie and Ross Miller. This will take place on 27 March 2016, at 4 pm. Tickets are £10 with a curry included.

Recital News
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.

Bagpiper Host 2016 – Piper Wanted!

For the 2016 Summer Season, The National Piping Centre is once again looking for a talented individual to be the face of the piping to our museum visitors.

bagpiper host

This fantastic role will see you host tours around our Museum of Piping, and conduct come and try tours with people from across the world as they visit us throughout the summer, as well as promoting The National Piping Centre and The Bagpipe Shop.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly piper, with great customer service skills. If you think this could be you, download the full job specification here: Bagpiper host 2016 and send us your CV to recruitment@thepipingcentre.co.uk  by 5pm on Friday 26th February, with interviews commencing 3rd and 4th March.

Good Luck!

Uist and Barra Piping Competition 2016

The Uist and Barra Piping Competition is back for 2016. It will take place on Saturday 5th March at The College of Piping on Otago Street, Glasgow.

The line up includes our very own Principal, Roddy MacLeod MBE, as well as Callum Beaumont, Willie McCallum, P/M Gordon Walker, Stuart Liddell and more. Tickets are £12 and available on the door.

Uist and Barra 2016

 

SPA Knockout Competition – 4th Heat

The SPA Knockout Competition is back this Saturday 6th February at The College of Piping, Otago Street, Glasgow for its 4th heat and features Douglas Murray vs Steven Leask.

Tickets are £7.50 on the door, and its  7.00 for 7.30pm start. A full bar service will be available, so be sure to come along early and enjoy a drink and ensure a good seat.

TNPC Spring Concert Series is Back for 2016!

We have three amazing concerts lined up for you this Spring for our Spring Concert Series! These three fantastic piping events will all take place in The National Piping Centre Auditorium, at 7.30pm and tickets to each are £12 adults and £10 concessions (students, +65s and U16s).

So the concerts we have are:

Friday 19th February
The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland Presents…
“Showcase”
See the NYPBoS as you have never seen them before! With mini-bands, quartets, trios and in groups with other instruments, this evening will showcase the talents of these amazing young performers.
Find out more and book online!

Friday 18th March
“Piping Degree”
Join us as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland BMUS Traditional Music degree students present a fantastic night of performances. Come and see the next big thing in the Trad Music world!
Find out more and book online!

Friday 15th April
“Tradition Bearers”
Four legendary pipers present a very special evening of solo piping recitals. Join Pipe Major Jimmy Banks MBE, Ian Duncan, Colin MacLellan and John Wilson for a great night of music!
Find out more and book online!

Brand New Seasonal Schools Now Online!

The National Piping Centre has totally redesigned its Seasonal Schools for 2016, and they are now online to book.

There is Young Stars Piping Schools for ages 16 & Under from Monday – Thursday of the School, which are specifically tailored for young learners, and then from Friday – Sunday we have the National Piping Centre Seasonal Gatherings, which will provide a fantastic social learning experience for adult learners.

Find out more and book your place online now at our seasonal schools pages here

Junior Competition – Entry Update

The Junior Piping Competition’s Event 2 – 15-17 MSR is now full, and we can’t take any further entries. Entries for the competition close on Friday 5th February, but entries are filling up fast, so please enter today! You can find out more here.