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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

Autumn Solo Piping Judges Seminar – 20th November

The Solo Piping Judges’ Association (SPJA) and the Piobaireachd Society have decided to adopt a different approach to their autumn judges’ seminar this year. The seminar, which is free of charge, will be held in the auditorium at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow and will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. It will also be live streamed so that it may be viewed by those who cannot make it to Glasgow.

The livestream will be available to watch at www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/livestream The main subject for discussion will be the set tunes for the Silver Medal competitions in 2017. These are tunes drawn from Book 16 and from the compositions of Pipe Major Donald MacLeod and so are unlikely to be well known.

The seminar will be chaired by Jack Taylor and the discussions will be led by Andrew Wright (Book 16 tunes) and John Wilson (Donald MacLeod tunes) and some of the tunes will be illustrated on the pipes.

It is hoped that this will be of interest to judges, competitors and teachers, as well as to the wider public.

The agenda for the day, and approximate timings, are as follows:

13.00 to 14.30 Book 16 set tunes
14.30 to 15.00 Short break
15.00 to 16.30 Donald MacLeod set tunes

Part Time Tenor & Bass Drumming Tutor Wanted - Preston Lodge Pipe Band

The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) is seeking applications for the position of tenor and bass drumming tutor for the Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band in Prestonpans, East Lothian.

The role is part time and will focus on working within our development programme in the Prestonpans cluster schools, teaching tenor and bass drumming. The role will carry pro-rata holiday entitlement of 28 days per annum, and the option to join a pension scheme with employer contribution.

The successful applicant will have a passion and energy for youth development and teaching, be confident, pro-active, have good self-discipline, and will be able to help lead our two pipe bands to success.

The position will be 10 – 13 hours per week during term-time, including a full day teaching at Preston Lodge. In addition, extracurricular activities include competitions, concerts, various functions, possible foreign trips and a week-long Summer and Easter school.

Competitive remuneration package

If you are interested in the position, contact Simon Grant – SSPDT drum major and principal drumming tutor for the Prestonpans schools cluster via email, accompanied with your C.V. and a covering letter outlining why you are interested in the post.

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Closing date for applications: 30 November 2016

Beginner Gaelic Class at The National Piping Centre – Starting January 2017

The National Piping Centre is hosting its very first Gaelic for beginners class this January! Join us every Thursday from 19th January – 23rd March 2017 from 6pm until 8pm for these fantastic new series of lessons.

The classes will start from complete beginner level, with the conversational basics, as well as other useful Gaelic expressions.It will also give insights into Gaelic and Highland culture, and why it is so important to piping!

The classes will cost £50 adults and £40 concession (Student, 65+, U16)

If you would like further information, please contact the class tutor James Beaton on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tradition Bearers Recital – Friday 14th October

Join us at The National Piping Centre on Friday 14th October for a fantastic night of piping recital.

Willie McCallum and Dr Jack Taylor will be perform alongside their students Harry MacLachlan, Calum Ian Brown and Danny Hutcheson, for our Tradition Bearers concert. This will be a great chance to see two masters of piping, and their young apprentices in action.

So get your tickets online here at Eventbrite.com

Northern Meetings – Congratulations Finlay Johnston!

The Northern Meetings were held in Eden Court Theatre on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September. It was a fantastic 2 days of competition, and we are delighted that our tutor Finlay Johnston won the Clasp for previous winners of a Highland Society of London Gold Medal. It was his first attempt since winning the Gold Medal last year.

We also extend our congratulations to Ian K. MacDonald, who was only the 12th person to complete an historic double Gold Medal win, claiming both the Oban and Inverness Gold medals this year.

The full results are:


The Clasp

1st Finlay Johnston – Lament for Hugh
2nd Iain Speirs
3rd Jack Lee
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Angus D. MacColl
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Stuart Samson, Andrew Wright

Highland Society of London Gold Medal

1st Ian K. MacDonald – Mary’s Praise
2nd Sean McKeown
3rd Cameron Drummond
4th Andrew Carlisle
5th Faye Henderson
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Ronnie McShannon, John Wilson

Silver Medal

1st Connor Sinclair – I Am Proud to Play a Pipe
2nd Craig Sutherland
3rd Sarah Muir
4th Stuart Easton
5th Alex Gandy
Judges: Archie McLean, Bob Worrall, Bill Wotherspoon

Silver Star MSR

1st Angus MacColl
2nd Willie MacCallum
3rd Niall Stewart
4th Stuart Liddell
5th Gordon Walker
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Ian Duncan, Iain Morrison

A-Grade MSR

1st Neil Walker
2nd Alasdair Henderson
3rd Callum Beaumont
4th Craig Sutherland
5th Jenny Hazzard
Judges: Bruce Hitchings, Iain MacLellan, Tom Speirs

B-Grade MSR

1st Nick Hudson
2nd Connor Sinclair
3rd Dan Lyden
4th Ursa Beckford
5th Andrew Hall
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Iain MacFadyen, Archie McLean

Premier & A-Grade Hornpipe & Jig

1st Angus D. MacColl
2nd Alex Gandy
3rd Alasdair Henderson
4th Ian K. MacDonald
5th Jenny Hazzard
Judges: Iain MacLellan, Iain Morrison, Bob Worrall

B-Grade Hornpipe & Jig

1st Ben Duncan
2nd Callum Watson
3rd Matt Wilson
4th Stuart Easton
5th Nick Hudson
Judges: Ian Duncan, John Wilson

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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