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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

Glenfiddich Piping Championships 2017 - Results


This Saturday, 28th October 2017, the 44th edition of the world’s most prestigious solo piping competition, the Glenfiddich Piping Championship, took place at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire. 

This year’s competition was won overall by Jack Lee from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. To claim this year’s title, he took 1st in the Piobaireachd and 2nd in the March, Strathspey and Reel events. Our very own Roddy MacLeod, Principal of Piping won the MSR event.

The full prizelist was: 

1st Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
2nd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “The End of the Great Bridge”
3rd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Scarce of Fishing”
4th Glenn Brown, Glasgow, “Lament for the Laird of Anapool”
5th Callum Beaumont, Bo'ness, Scotland, “Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck”
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Ronnie McShannon, Jack Taylor

March, Strathspey & Reel (tunes repeated)
1st Roddy  MacLeod, Glasgow, “The Clan MacColl,” “Piper’s Bonnet,” “The Rejected Suitor”
2nd Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “The Marchioness of Tullibardine,” “Arniston Castle,” “Drum-Major John Seton”
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Glasgow, “The Duke of Roxburgh’s Farewell to the Blackmount Forest,” “The Caledonian Society of London,” “Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran”
4th Craig Sutherland, Crieff, Scotland, 
5th Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh, 
Judges: Ian Duncan, Willie Morrison, Bob Worrall

Speaking about his win Jack Lee said: “"Solo competitors are part of a close knit community where we often play and compete in events across the country. From this experience, we all know how tough competing in the Glenfiddich Championship is going to be, as it is performing at the highest level in piping.  Each player has worked hard and won other events to earn their place here, so to win amongst such talent is an incredible honour."

The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to bring together the world’s finest pipers and witness some of the finest renditions of the ancient and traditional piobaireachd or ceol mor (the great music) and light music or ceol beag (the little music).    
The 10 competitors are invited to play as a result of having won prestigious accolades at other piping events during the last year.  So all the competitors are already champions before coming to Blair Atholl, but competing at the Glenfiddich is seen as solo piping’s ultimate prize.

The event was livestreamed to people across the world, including viewers in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

Job Vacancy - West Lothian Schools Bagpipe Instructor

West Lothian Schools are looking for a Full Time Bagpipe Instructor. Duties will include teaching pupils to play bagpipes, develop their musical literacy, aural awareness and interest in music making in 5 secondary schools and 5 primary schools in West Lothian. Lessons are taught in groups and there is a requirement for extracurricular work to be undertaken. Effective communication skills and the ability to self-motivate are essential. You will also be required to take the role of Pipe Major/Administrator for the West Lothian Schools Pipe Band Development Programme which currently includes 2 competing bands and feeder system. Rehearsals for this programme take place on a Thursday from 4pm to 6pm and Friday between 1pm and 4pm. Additional payment will be made for the Friday rehearsal.

To find out more and apply go to the MyJobScotland website 

World Solo Drumming Championships – Saturday 21st October 

The National Piping Centre is happy to welcome drummers to practice for the upcoming World Solo Drumming Championships.

Drummers can access rooms from 5pm – 9pm from Monday 16th October – Friday 20th. 

Out with these hours there will be no availability for practice as there is no room capacity within the centre. 

Rooms should be pre-paid, the rate is £5 per hour, and pre-booked by phone: 0141 353 0220 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Talk by P/M Sandy Jones - Summer Schools, Workshops and Teaching in North American

Join us at The National Piping Centre on Wednesday 1st November for a talk by Pipe Major Sandy Jones, United States Air Force (Retired), Director of Pipe Bands, The Military College of South Carolina (Retd), Founder of the North American Academy of Piping, Director of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Author of the best selling tutor book, Beginning the Bagpipe (www.naapd.org).

Sandy will give his talkm which will be an outline on the North American perspective on teaching at Summer Schools, workshops and his experiences. 

This talk is open to all interested parties, and starts at 12noon in the Auditorium of The National Piping Centre. 

Job Vacancy - Shop Manager

The National Piping Centre in Glasgow is the world’s foremost institution in the teaching and preservation of the traditions of the Great Highland Bagpipe. We operate a retail outlet and on line shop, in addition the shop is the main reception for the Centre which includes a Museum of Piping, which come under the shop remit.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the retail section of our business for a Shop Manager. 

The essential qualities for any applicant are:
•    Educated to Higher level with English and Maths, although a degree in a relevant subject is preferable. 
•    Experience of working within a team, preferably with retail and hospitality experience. 
•    Amiable personality with strong inter personal skills and customer focused  with an enthusiasm for retailing
•    Knowledge of piping `and traditional music is a preferable quality. 
•    Computer literacy including use of the Internet, Word, Excel and knowledge of Microsoft RMS would be helpful.
•    Knowledge of e-commerce and social media would be good.  
•    Ability to motivate a team and manage your time effectively.
•    Flexible to work weekdays and weekends as required and also willing to work longer hours during busy periods of the year. 

Competitive rates of pay are available with training where required.

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 16th October

Apply with a CV in writing with to:
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Alberto Laidlaw, Director of Administration,
The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW.  

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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