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The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition 2018 - Saturday 10th March

The date for the Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition will be Saturday 10th March 2018 at The National Piping Centre. This event is run by The National Piping Centre in collaboration with the Competing Pipers’ Association, and is of B and C graded solo players. This event commemorates Duncan Johnstone, who composed many great tunes including an array of wonderful Jigs. 

Entries will be taken through the CPA website and will open nearer the time. 

Scots Guards Knockout success for NPC Teacher

Our very own teacher, Dan Nevans was the winner at this weekend's Scots Guards Knockout at the Scots Guards Club in Edinburgh on Sunday 26th November. Playing to a capacity crowd, Dan edged out Jamie Elder in a closely matched contest. He now goes through to the semi finals along with Jonathon Simpson and Ben Duncan.  Joining them will be the winner of our next knockout even on  Sunday 28 January 2018 which will see Callum Watson go head to head with Ross Miller.

Barbados Celtic Festival 2018 - Call for Pipers

The National Piping Centre and Piping Live! are delighted to be partnering with the Barbados Celtic Festival 2018 to help find a fantastic lot of pipers to attend and perform as part of their events. For the first time in 2017 individual pipers and drummers from around the world created a Massed Pipe Band. Along with the Barbados Defence Band, a marching brass band, and the Royal Barbados Police Band – professional musicians, and the Army Cadets, this created an amazing Parade through the Capital Bridgetown on the Saturday morning of the festival.

And in 2018 they want it to be bigger and better! 

The event takes place from 24th - 27th May 2018, and flight and accommodation packages start from as little as £700. 

Barbados Celtic Festival takes place on an island which enjoys 365 days of sunshine every year and when it rains the local Bajans call it “liquid sunshine”. The Celtic festival enjoys performances from top level international folk musicians which has included Eddi Reader, John McCusker, Heidi Talbot Alan Kelly and the Peatbog Faeries. Its a very colourful and enjoyable event – with a local crowd including holidaymakers, and press and television cameras – both from the local stations and from Scottish Television who filmed the whole festival.

Last year Scottish television made two programmes from the festival, one about the music, interviewing Smokey Burke a local musician who explained how the Scottish military drum beat was a direct influence on the local reggae beat. The other programme Peoples History, explored the historical links between Scotland and Barbados. 

To register your interest to take part in this wonderful event in the heart of the Caribbean, head over to their website now and register your interest by completing the short "Ask Us Anything" form. 

Find out more here

Scottish Piping Society of London Annual Competition - Results

The Scottish Piping Society of London held its 78th annual solo piping competition at the Kensington Conference Centre this Saturday 4th November. Our very own Roddy MacLeod won the Bratach Gorm for piobaireachd for the eighth time! He also placed 2nd in the JB Robertson March event. Bruce Gandy from Nova Scotia, was the winner of the overall award for the premier events.

Congratulations to other members of the National Piping Centre team - Finlay Johnston won the P MSR, took 5th in the Bratach and was 3rd in the JB Robertson March competition, as well as Dan Nevans was 2nd in the C-grade MSR. Congratulations to all those who took part in the bvery well run event. 

The full results were:  

Bratach Gorm
1st Roddy MacLeod, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
2nd Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow, Scotland, “Lament for Ronald MacDonald of Morar”
3rd Bruce Gandy, “The Big Spree”
4th Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “Lord Lovat’s Lament”
5th Finlay Johnston, Glasgow, Lament for the Children”
Judges: Ian Duncan, Stuart Samson, Andrew Wright

Premier/A-Grade
Piobaireachd (William Gillies Cup)
1st Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Nameless” (cherede darieva)
2nd Bruce Gandy, “Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy”
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Glasgow, “My King Has Landed in Moidart”
4th Glenn Brown, Glasgow, “Beloved Scotland”
5th Jamie Forrester, London
Judges: Archie MacLean, Willie, Morrison, Bill Wotherspoon

Premier-Grade
MSR (London Medallion & John MacFadyen Quaich)
1st Finlay Johnston
2nd Jack Lee
3rd Seumas Coyne, Van Nuys, California
4th Alasdair Henderson
5th Callum Beaumont
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Walter Cowan, Jack Taylor

March (P-M J.B. Robertson Silver Rose Bowl)
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Roddy MacLeod
3rd Finlay Johnston
Judges: Bob Worrall, Andrew Wright

Hornpipe & Jig (Mary Flora Beaton Cup)
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Alasdair Henderson
3rd Roddy MacLeod
Judges: Bob Worrall, Andrew Wright

Grade A/B+
Piobaireachd (R.G. Lawrie Ram’s Horn Snuff Mull)
1st Peter McAllister, Dunblane, Scotland
2nd Derek Midgley, New Jersey
3rd Jamie Forrester
Judges: Ian Duncan, Stuart Samson

MSR (Strachan Memorial)
1st Darach Urquhart, Glasgow
2nd Callum Moffat, Lockerbie, Scotland
3rd Ben McClamrock, Washington, DC
Judges: Walter Cowan, Iain McLellan

Jig (Donald Forbes Medal)
1st Andrew Donlon, Washington, DC
2nd Callum Moffat
3rd Darach Urquhart
Judges: Walter Cowan, Iain McLellan

B-Grade
Piobaireachd (John Roe Plate)
1st Eddie Gaul, Dundee, Scotland
2nd Ben McClamrock, Washington, DC
3rd Gavin Ferguson
4th Steven Leask, Glasgow
5th Sarah Muir, Glasgow
Judges: Logan Tannock, Robert Wallace

MSR (London Scottish Hodden Grey Trophy)
1st Matt Wilson
2nd Andrew Donlon
3rd Greig Canning, Edinburgh
Judges: Dixie Ingram, Iain McLellan

Jig (Hugh MacMillan Trophy)
1st Ross Cowan, Annan, Scotland
2nd Matt Wilson
3rd Eddie Gaul
Judges: Archie MacLean, Willie Morrison, Bill Wotherspoon

C-Grade
Piobaireachd (National Piping Centre Trophy)
1st John McElmurry
2nd Ciaren Ross
3rd Gwenael Dage
Judges: Euan Anderson

MSR (P-M Robert Crabb BEM Trophy)
1st Ciaren Ross
2nd Dan Nevans
3rd Andrew Hutton
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Dixie Ingram

Hornpipe & Jig
1st John Dew
2nd Matt Supranowicz
3rd Kyle Shead
Judges: Euan Anderson

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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