NPC Tutor Book App

Download The National Piping Centre Tutor Book App

Buy for £32.99

This innovative product is the result of a collabrative project between Ceol Mor Software & Publishing and the National Piping Centre, Scotland. Building on the success of the Bagpipe Tutor Book produced by the NPC, learners now have the option of purchasing a fully digital version of this publication, now with enhanced functionality.


Not only is this product a fully digital publication, it is also a tutor for learning the Highland Bagpipe. It contains embedded video clips of the exercises as well as audio hints and tips from the director of music, who is also one of the top players in the world. Video clips of every exercise and tune being played through PiobMasterPro are also included. This really is a quantum leap from a standard publication


Publisher: Ceol Mor Software & Publishing Ltd

Copyright: The National Piping Centre

Spring Recital Series

Spring Piping Recitals 2014

A new recital series is coming to The National Piping Centre this spring, featuring some of the world’s best, newest and most exciting pipers.
21st February
Ladies Night
The all female line up on this special ladies night are Margaret Dunn, Clare Lynas, Caitlin McDonald and Sarah Muir.
Sponsoring this evening’s event is the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society where Dr Martin Lowe served as Honorary Secretary for 14 years from 1997-2011.


25th April
The Scott Wood Trio & Guests
The Scott Wood Trio and guests get the Piping Centre rockin’ at this month’s recital.


16th May

Gold Medalists

A Gold medal is something which most solo pipers strive towards and may only dream of. Tonight’s players, Glenn Brown and Finlay Johnston, have both succeeded in this premier piping accolade.

20th June
Clasp Winners
One of the leading pipers of this generation Callum Beaumont is joined by multi-title winning Angus MacColl at this solo piping recital
**Note this event has move from 21st March to 20th June**



We invite you to come and experience excellence in piping, whether you have just started learning or have been involved in piping for many years.
Tickets £10 adults / £8 conc
For tickets please visit

Aye Do Wedding Fair

We are delighted to announce we are the venue yet again being given the opportunity to host the Aye Thee Wed Wedding Shows this Sunday 19th January 12pm-4pm.

The show will feature some of Glasgow and Scotland’s best loved wedding suppliers in a bright and spacious venue. VIP entry will be available through many online outlets which includes an exclusive goody bag with freebies and a free glass of bubbly! General Entry is £2 per person which includes a donation to our charity partner Scottish Spina Bifida Association.

We’d would love to see some of our up an coming brides and also newly engaged couples starting out! We have a free code for some lucky couples. Please click link below for ticket information – our promotional code is Npc14free.

Click Here for Tickets

Guards Club Knockout – 15th December 2013

Margaret Dunn won her round of the Scots Guards Club knockout against Greig Wilson on Sunday 15th December and will go on to the semi finals in March or April.
The next round is Craig Sutherland and Sarah Muir on 19th of January at 4pm as usual with curry after.

Metro Express 2014 Now Open for Enrolments!

The National Piping Centre and The Metro Cup announce a weekend of world class piping including workshops, competitions, social events and more. The Metro Express workshops will take place on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February at The Ramada Plaza Hotel, Newark, NJ, USA and are scheduled to coincide with the Metro Cup and Metro Express competitions.

For More Information Click Here


Competition Entry Closing Date: 1st February 2014.
Only 20 spaces available per workshop.


Venue of the Year 2013

The National Piping Centre was delighted to be awarded Venue of the Year after over a decade of hosting countless events, concerts, gigs and more. The centre also hosts the annual Piping Live! Festival which sees over 10,000 visitors each year come in to Glasgow for hundreds of piping events.

Broadcasted live on BBC ALBA, the awards- organised by Hands Up for Trad- saw stars of the Scottish music scene flock to Aberdeen’s Music Hall to celebrate and honour the very best of traditional Scottish talent. This year’s glamorous ceremony was hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney. Winners of the prestigious awards were selected by almost 90,000 public votes.

Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of event sponsors MG ALBA says: “The Trads recognize those that have achieved excellence and we at MG ALBA are delighted to have been involved once again as sponsors.”


Christmas Opening Hours 2013

Monday 23rd
Tryst- Open as normal
Shop- Open as normal

Tuesday 24th
Tryst – 9am – 3pm
Shop – 9am – 2pm

Wednesday 25th

Thursday 26th

Friday 27th
Tryst- 12am – close
Shop- 12am – 5pm

Saturday 28th
Tryst- Open as normal
Shop- Open as normal

Sunday 29th

Monday 30th
Tryst- Open as normal
Shop- 9am – 5pm

Tuesday 31st
Tryst- 8am – 3pm
Shop- 9am – 3pm

Wednesday 1st January

Thursday 2nd January

Friday 3rd January
Tryst- Open as normal
Shop- Open as normal

NYPBoS donates concert profits to Philippines relief fund

NYPBoS - Fruitmarket
The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland (NYPBoS) – one of the world’s top youth pipe bands – has announced that it will donate the profits from its St Andrews Day concert at the Clyde Auditorium to the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund.

The decision was made as the devastation wrecked by Haiyan resonated in particular with the band’s director Alisdair McLaren whose family live in the Philippines and were directly affected by the Super Typhoon.

NYPBosPoster - SECC 2013Says Alisdair McLaren: “Like the rest of the world I was horrified by the scale of the disaster but I was also worried for my relatives who live there and my mum who was visiting when the Typhoon hit. Thankfully no one in my family was badly hurt but their homes are damaged and they’ve lost so much – which still makes them luckier than so many other families.”

“I am very grateful that the National Piping Centre and National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland have offered to do this so hopefully we can get as many people along as possible to support this great cause.”

The NYPBoS is a non-competing, cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds in Scotland who have represented the country all over the world. Launched in 2002 by The National Piping Centre, the National Youth Pipe Band is the first and only organisation of its kind to bring together Scotland’s most talented young musicians at a national level from across Scotland’s 32 councils, and from an array of different competing pipe bands and musical backgrounds.

This year’s St Andrew’s Day concert will showcase both Senior and Development Bands performing a mix of well-known traditional and exciting contemporary music with a spin.

Tickets can be purchased online via Ticket Soup