Silent Auction in Aid of Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Piping Competition

An enthusiastic piping supporter has lovingly handcrafted a beautiful Windsor chair in order to raise money in support of the annual Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Piping Competition. The competition is held annually during the month of April in Stornoway on the Island of Lewis and is organised by the Lewis and Harris piping Society. The Competition was started in 1994 to celebrate the music of Donald MacLeod MBE who may be considered to be one of the most outstanding pipers of the 20th century, as a player, teacher and as a composer.chair

Previously The National Piping Centre have been collecting donations for this great cause through the Livestream video of the 2014 Glenfiddich Piping Competition. The video can still be viewed on The National Piping Centre website at and donations are still very welcome online.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone in the piping community to help support a highly regarded and well loved competition while also investing in a beautifully crafted, timeless piece of furniture.

The winning bidder will also receive a free annual subscription to Piping Today Magazine, recognition in the Donald MacLeod Piping Competition programme for their generous support, and a free Friends of the Festival pass for Piping Live! 2015.

*Reserve of £200*

The silent auction will start at 9am Wednesday 25th Feb and end at 5pm (GMT) on Sunday 5th April. All bids should be emailed to and will be acknowledged by an email response. The winning bidder must arrange collection of the chair from The National Piping Centre, Glasgow or arrange postage.

2015 Junior Competition Results

Event 1 – 15-17 Piobaireachd

1. Brighde Chaimbeul
2. Harry McLachlan
3. John Dew
4 Calum Carslaw
5 John Campbell
6 Holly Friedlander

Event 2 – 15-17 March Strathspey and Reel

1. Brigdhe Chaimbeul
2. John Dew
3. Calum Ian Brown
4. Connor Jardine
5. Calum Carswell
6. John Campbell

Event 3 –  15-17 Jig

1 Calum Ian Brown
2. Brighde Chaimbeul
3. John Dew
4. Calum Carswell
5. Connor Jardine
6 Harry McLachlan

Overall Winner 15-17 – Brighde Chaimbeul
Event 4 – Under 15 Piobaireachd

1. Robbie McIsaac
2. Angus MacPhee
3. Lewis Russell
4. Jordan Ednie
5. Finlay Cameron
6. Ben Muir

Event 5 – Under 15 Piobaireachd Ground

1. Paul Christie
2. Max Grieve
3. Luke Shearer
4. Archie Clark

Event 6 – U15 March

1. Jordan Ednie
2. Robbie McIsaac
3. Lewis Russell
4. Andrew Ferguson
5. Paul Christie
6. Finlay Cameron

Event 7 – Under 15 Strathspey and Reel

1. Lewis Russell
2. Robbie McIsaac
3. Finlay Cameron
4. Andrew Ferguson and Jordan Ednie
5. Paul Christie
6. Ben Muir and Hazel White

Overall Winner Under 15 – Robbie McIsaac
Event 8 – Chanter Slow Air

1. Scott MacDonald
2. Craig Duncan
3. Archie MacFadyen
4. Ben Adams
5. Eala Niamh McElhinney
6. Calum Ramsey

Event 9 – Chanter March

1. Jack Forbes
2. Calum Ramsey
3. Alistair Huxtable
4. Archie MacFadyen
5. Eala Niamh McElhinney
6. Alex Holiday

Bagpiper Host Required for School Holidays and Tourist Season

Bagpiper Host12-18 hours per week | April – Oct 2015

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented Bagpiper to join the front desk / shop team of The National Piping Centre.
We are seeking a talented people person who will fit into our team and play a major part in welcoming guests from all over the world during school holidays and tourist seasons.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with groups and speaking to members of the public.

You will be expected to:

  • Be an ambassador of The National Piping Centre and The Great Highland Bagpipe
  • Meet and greet each and every guest at the entrance to the building
  • Welcome guests into The Museum of Piping and be able to talk about Bagpipes with flair and passion
  • Wear a full kilt on shift and have your pipes ready to go when guests arrive
  • Be kind and respectful to families, children and guests of any background
  • Ensure the highest level of customer service is delivered at all times
  • Softly maximise profitability within The Bagpipe Shop
  • Be on hand to assist with general front desk and shop tasks when tours are not taking place

The ideal candidate description:

  • They will be able to demonstrate a high level of piping
  • A short audition will be necessary
  • Will have been to The National Piping Centre either through NYPBoS, RCS or another avenue we recognise
  • Have a desire to WOW our guests
  • Have experience in the service industry or a strong knowledge of how to look after the public
  • Have knowledge of social media platforms and online advertising sites i.e. Gumtree, Twitter, Instagram, What’s on Glasgow

Salary and Terms of Employment:

  • £7.50 per hour
  • Thursday and Fridays throughout April to end of September 2015
  • 10.30am – 5pm
  • Shift patterns of 6.5 hours per day
  • A 30 minute break will be given

Applicants must be fully flexible, weekend working may be required.
If you feel you are the right candidate, please apply with an up to date copy of your CV.

Letters of application and CV to be sent to:

Gemma Cannon
General Manager
The National Piping Centre
30-34 McPhater Street
Glasgow G4 0HW

Or email

The Big Music Society presents Murray Henderson and Duncan Grant

A night exploring Ceòl Mòr – The Big Music – in a spirit of collaboration with two exciting performances.

Alongside a quartet of some of Scotland’s most thrilling young string players, pibroch master and authority Murray Henderson takes a journey into the depths of the most powerful and stirring pieces in the pibroch repertoire.

Coming from a different angle, piper/producer Duncan Grant, also known for his electronic music under the pseudonym Cain, explores the sonic potential of pibroch in the 21st Century.

Featuring James Lindsay, Susan Appelbe, Megan Henderson, Mharie Mackinnon, Calum MacCrimmon and John Mulhearn.

Friday, March 6, 2015 from 7.30pm | Book Online Now

Big Music Society - March 2015

Braw Brides Wedding Workshop

Braw BridesAre you feeling overwhelmed about your wedding planning?
The Braw Brides Wedding Workshop is an event for couples to become excited about their wedding, it’s an informal, interactive, exciting event featuring some of the friendliest, interesting wedding suppliers in Scotland. We’d love to chat to you about your wedding, and show you what we are all about.

Sunday, 1 March 2015 from 1pm to 5pm

Uist & Barra Piping Competition 2015

Fourteen of the best UK based pipers in the World have been invited to compete at the Uist & Barra competition – with the invitation list drawn from major prize winners in 2014. It will be held at the College of Piping, Glasgow on 7th March from 9am.
Pìobaireachd; March, Strathspey and Reel; Hornpipe and Jig
Adults £10; 16 and under £5

  • Chris Armstrong
  • Callum Beaumont
  • Glenn Brown
  • Bill Geddes
  • Alasdair Henderson
  • Faye Henderson
  • Finlay Johnston
  • Angus MacColl
  • Roddy MacLeod
  • Willie McCallum
  • Peter McCalister
  • Gordon McCready
  • Douglas Murray
  • Iain Speirs
  • Craig Sutherland
  • Gordon Walker

The judges for all three competitions will be Iain MacFadyen, Willie Morrison and Stuart Samson.

Organisers are hoping to stream the event online, and further details will be included on their Facebook page when this is confirmed.

Uist & Barra: