International Bagpipe Conference 2016

The International Bagpipe Conference will bring together bagpipe musicians, academics and enthusiasts from all around the world to the National Piping Centre from 26 Feb to 28 Feb 2016 for the third edition of the biennal International Bagpipe Conference.
This event is organised in collaboration with the National Piping Centre, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow University with the support of the Bagpipe Society.
From the ticket options please select the option you wish. The National Museums Scotland visit is free, however, you will need to provide your own transport. If you wish to go, please select the inclusive ticket option.

» Get your tickets here!

HNC Music Piping – Open Day

Our brand new, further education course – HNC Music – Piping, will start its first programme in January 2016, and then a new course in September 2016. We are hosting a drop-in Open Day here at The National Piping Centre next Wednesday 11th November 2015, where you can come along between 9am – 6pm and we will answer all your HNC Music – Piping questions. Its free and members of staff will be on hand to give you all the information you need about the new HNC Music – Piping.

Echoes of Oban 2015

The College of Piping is once again holding its annual Echoes of Oban Recital this year on Saturday 14th of November. Starting at 7pm, the Echoes will feature many of the winners from the 2015 Argyllshire Gathering including Gold Medallist John Angus Smith, Silver Medallist Sandy Cameron, Angus MacCol winner of the Silver Starl, Charles MacDonald winner of the MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd, Sarah Muir winner of the ‘B’ Grade Strathspey and Reel and guest piper Willie McCallum.

Fear-an-Tighe for the evening will be John Wilson.

The ‘Echoes of Oban’ was an event held annually in the 1950s and 1960s, when the winners from the Argyllshire Gathering each year were invited to play their winning tunes at a concert in Glasgow. This gave those who had been unable to attend the Gathering a chance to hear some of the winning performances, while those who had attended were able to enjoy the performances again in a relaxed social atmosphere. The College restarted this tradition again in 2008 and has held it every year since.

Tickets for the Echoes are priced at £8 available from the College of Piping.

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland present 400%

NYPBoS - Concerts - November 2015
The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland are delighted to be touring this November, with concerts in Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on Saturday 14th November and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness on Saturday 28th November.

Tickets are on sale now, so make sure you see this fantastic concert pipe band made up of Scotland’s best young pipers and drummers.

Dundee Information
Gardyne Theatre, Dundee. Saturday 14th November, 7.30pm, Tickets £8 (no concessions)

Inverness Information
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. Saturday 28th November, 7,30pm, Tickets £9 (no concessions)

Glenfiddich 2015 Results

Glenfiddich 2015

The Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships was held on Saturday 24th October in Blair Castle, Perthshire. Congruatlations to Angus MacColl who won his fourth overall title, as well as our staff members – our Principal, Roddy MacLeod who took a 3rd in the Piobaireachd and 2nd in MSR, and Finlay Johnston who was 5th in the Piobaireachd.

Angus MacColl - Glenfiddich 2015Piobaireachd

  1. Stuart Liddell
    » “Lament for the Laird of Anapool”
  2. Angus MacColl
    » “The Red-Speckled Bull”
  3. Roddy MacLeod
    » “The Old Men of the Shells”
  4. Willie McCallum
    » “The Earl of Ross’s March”
  5. Finlay Johnston
    » “Lament for the Union”

Judges: Iain Morrison, John Wilson, Bill Wotherspoon

March, Strathspey & Reel

  1. Angus MacColl
    » “MacLean of Pennycross”, “The Caledonian Society of London”, “Pretty Marion”
  2. Roddy MacLeod
    » “Hugh Kennedy, BSc.”, “The Caledonian Society of London”, “Cecily Ross”
  3. Stuart Liddell
    » “P-M John Stewart”, “Lady Loudon”, “The Little Cascade”
  4. Callum Beaumont
    » “Miss Elspeth Campbell”, “Bob of Fettercairn”, “Fiona MacLeod”
  5. Bruce Gandy
    » “Leaving Lunga”, “Tulloch Castle”, “The Cockerel in the Creel”

Judges: Iain MacLellan, Colin MacLellan, Andrew Wright

Also competing but not in the prize list: Jack Lee, John-Angus Smith and Iain Speirs.

The full performances of each competitor are now available to watch over on our vimeo channel.

Scottish Hotel Awards 2016

The Pipers’ Tryst has been included in this year’s hotel awards and now we need your help! Please go to the link below and nominate Pipers’ Tryst Hotel in the City, Informal Restaurant or Wedding categories. We would be delighted if you could take just 2 minutes to nominate us, as our team have worked their wee tartan socks off this year, so it would mean a great deal to the team!

Click here to nominate the Pipers’ Tryst.

Glenfiddich 2015 Livestream

The National Piping Centre is pleased to be hosting a livestream event of the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships this Saturday, 24th October, 2015. It will be live online from 9am, and provide full, free and live coverage of all the performances from the day. There will also be interviews and coverage from Fergus Muirhead during the day.

All viewers need to do is go to on the morning of and they can tune in from there.

This year, all donations from the stream will go directly to the Donald MacLeod competition in Stornoway, to help support their competition costs, with the next event on Saturday 8th April 2016. So we hope viewers will make a donation, however big or small, to help another fantastic piping event continue.