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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

The National Piping Centre and College of Piping to join forces

We’re pleased to share the news today that The College of Piping is to become part of the National Piping Centre.

From 1st May, we will operate under the name "The National Piping Centre, incorporating The College of Piping".   

The National Piping Centre will continue to offer a full range of educational activities and qualifications, to act as a home to The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and to host the world’s biggest celebration of piping, 'Piping Live!', the Glasgow International Piping Festival.   

This is positive news for the bagpipe world. The NPC will ensure that Scotland’s rich musical history continues to grow and thrive for future generations around the world.

The National Piping Centre Junior Competition 2018 - Results

The National Piping Centre Junior Competition took place on Saturday 24th February 2018. Here are the full results from the day, which showed a very high standard of competition across all the events. 

We would like to thank our prize sponsors including R.G Hardie, who provided a set of Peter Henderson Heritage Bagpipes for our Overall U 15 Champion, David Naill Bagpipes, McCallum Bagpipes, Canning Reedmaker, MG Reeds, Ezeedrone.



Junior Champion: Brodie Watson-Massey 
Novice Champion: Gregor MacDonald
Chanter: Angus Scott

Event 1 - 15-17 Piobaireachd
1. Brodie Watson-Massey
2. Angus MacPhee
3. Andrew Ferguson
4. Ross Conner
5. Eosaph Caimbeul
6. Luke Shearer 

Event 2 - 15-17 MSR 
1. Andrew Ferguson
2. Jamie Niall Campbell
3. Angus MacPhee
4. Ross Conner 
5. Brodie Watson-Massey
6. Ian Hamilton 

Event 3 - 15-17 Jig 
1. Brodie Watson-Massey
2. Jamie Niall Campbell
3. Luke Shearer 
4. Ruaridh Brown 
5. Andrew Ferguson
6. Craig Peters 

Event 4 - U15 Piobaireachd
1. Paul Christie
2. Gregor MacDonald 
3. Cameron May 
4. Bobby Allen 
5. Amy McIntyre 
6. Joshua Reilly

Event 5 - U15 Piobaireachd - Ground Only 
1. Euan Lindsay 
2. Ryan McCreadie
3. Laura Robertson
4. Dugald MacKechnie 
5. Gregor Grierson 
6. Ruardidh Blyth 

Event 6 - U15 March 
1. Christopher Happs 
2. Gregor MacDonald 
3. Paul Christie
4. Bobby Allen 
5. Euan Thomson
6. Finlay Peden 

Event 7 - U15 Stratspey and Reel
1.Gregor MacDonald
2. Christopher Happs 
3. Paul Christie 
4. Bobby Allen 
5. Nicholas Knowles 
6. Fraser Hamilton 

Event 8 - Chanter Slow Air 
1. Harrison Bishop
2. Angus Scott
3. Mason Morrison
4. Alexander Drysdale-Dykes 
5. Cayla Winter-Wright
6. James Simpson 

Event 9 - Chanter March 
1. Angus Scott
2. James Simpson
3. Anna Thomson
4. Christopher Drummond
5. Ryan Baikie
6. Robert Wallace 

Thanks again to all competitors. Due to a miscalucation in results, the Overall Junior Champion was incorrectly awarded on the day. This has been corrected in these results and we apologise to the competitors affected by this mistake. 

Vacancies with the Royal Oman Police - Now Open

Two vacancies have just become available at The Royal Oman Police for a Piping Instructor and a Drumming Instructor.

We have been provided with this description of conditions:

•    2 year renewable contract

•    Salary:  In the range of 2000 Rials made up of 1500 R.O. + 500/- rental allowance for all inclusive accommodation and utilities

  • 45 days paid leave plus all local holidays

•    Paid flights per year

•    Full medical cover

•    Accompanied status – family can accompany the successful applicant


Potential candidates should send their CV along with cover letter of application, copies of qualifications/certificates to:

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Potential applicants should be:

•    Aged between 25-40

•    Excellent health with no long term medication

•    Qualified (Degree graduate, PDQB/RSPBA Certificates)

•    Working knowledge of the PDQB/SCQF syllabus

•    Excellent piping skills or snare drumming skills with working knowledge of bass, tenor and drum majoring

•    Able to manage/lead a players of varied standards and learning abilities and contribute fully as member of the management team

Retail Sales Assistant/Piper Host wanted for The Bagpipe Shop

The Bagpipe Shop, based within The National Piping Centre, is looking to recruit a new assistant. We are looking for someone dynamic and friendly to join our small team.

Outline of role

There are two parts to this role. The duties for each part are: 

Piper Host 
The Piper Host will work in the Museum for x2 1 hour tours on Thursday, Friday and Monday and 1 further tour in the morning on Saturdays. You must be confident about delivering presentations to groups, but we will give you full training about our museum. 

Duties are: 
•    Play outside for 15minutes before each tour 
•    Welcome guests at the Museum and conduct a tour
•    Demonstrate the Great Highland Bagpipe and lead a “come and try” session as part of the 1 hour tour
•    You are required to wear full highland dress for this part of the role
•    This is from April – September
•    There may be other requirements as the piper host from marketing and PR 

Shop Assistant 
This role will lead on from the Piper Host and you will need to do both parts as part of this role. You will be:
•    Delivering excellent customer service within our shop and front desk
•    Switchboard operator
•    Assisting with online sales and website products
•    Stocktaking
•    Supporting the team to achieve targets
•    Ensuring store presentation is of a high standard at all times

Person specification
To come on board you would ideally have the following:
• Must be able to competently play, maintain and set up bagpipes 
• Confident and clear communication skills
• Enjoy working with the public
• Customer service experience
• An interest in traditional music (desirable)
• Flexible to work shifts and weekends
• Able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team
Hours per week
20-35 Hours 
The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 5pm 

Please send your CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Italian Piper's Association Spring School 2018 - details confirmed

The Italian Piper's Association are hosting another school in Calambrone near Pisa in Tuscany. The spring school will take place from the 26th - 29th April 2018. Teachers include our very own Roddy MacLeod and one other National Piping Centre Tutor and Alberto Massi, for an excellent 4 days of teaching. 

Full details of costs for the school have now been updated, with prices starting from €330 for all tuition, accommodation and full board.

At the school there will be the opportunity to sit PDQB examinations

The school will be held at the hotel Il Cenacolo, and for friends or family of pipers, there is a beach, just on the other side of the hotel! 

So take advantage of this fantastic school, in a beautiful location with the best teachers for a great price by booking your place now. 

Find out more about this great school in Tuscany here

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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