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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

NYPBoS Present "Thunderstruck" - 11 Feb 2017

The National Piping Centre is proud to present The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland live in concert.

This year's concert titled 'Thunderstruck' will see the band perform a fantastic mixture of traditional and contemporary music infused with the ever so popular NYPBoS twist. The concert will feature the very best next generation of young pipers and drummers from all over the country. From solo spots, quartets, fanfares to full accompanied musical suites there will be something for everyone.

£11.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)
Under 16s £7.50
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £30

Buy tickets online here from Perth Concert Hall

NYPBoS Drum Corps Collaborate with the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

The weekend of the 28th and 29th of April saw members of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland drum corps have a 2 day collaborative workshop with the Mugenkyo Taiko Drumming Group who are the only professional group of this kind in the UK. The purpose of the weekend was to expose our very talented young drummers to a different style of drumming and to put together a new collaborative piece that would be performed at the bands major concert in November which has been titled “LEGACY”.

It was a fantastic weekend for everyone involved and definitely worthwhile as our drummers learnt new skills and were able to create a new section for our fanfare. The members of the NYPBoS drum corps would like to thank Mugenkyo members Miyuki and Fiona for their professionalism and enthusiasm with this new concept and look forward to performing with them and the rest of the team in November.

NYPBoS donates concert profits to Philippines relief fund

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland (NYPBoS) – one of the world’s top youth pipe bands – has announced that it will donate the profits from its St Andrews Day concert at the Clyde Auditorium to the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund.

The decision was made as the devastation wrecked by Haiyan resonated in particular with the band’s director Alisdair McLaren whose family live in the Philippines and were directly affected by the Super Typhoon.

Says Alisdair McLaren: “Like the rest of the world I was horrified by the scale of the disaster but I was also worried for my relatives who live there and my mum who was visiting when the Typhoon hit. Thankfully no one in my family was badly hurt but their homes are damaged and they’ve lost so much – which still makes them luckier than so many other families.”

“I am very grateful that the National Piping Centre and National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland have offered to do this so hopefully we can get as many people along as possible to support this great cause.”

The NYPBoS is a non-competing, cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds in Scotland who have represented the country all over the world. Launched in 2002 by The National Piping Centre, the National Youth Pipe Band is the first and only organisation of its kind to bring together Scotland’s most talented young musicians at a national level from across Scotland’s 32 councils, and from an array of different competing pipe bands and musical backgrounds.

This year’s St Andrew’s Day concert will showcase both Senior and Development Bands performing a mix of well-known traditional and exciting contemporary music with a spin.

Tickets can be purchased online via Ticket Soup

Scottish Piping Society of London – Draw Now Available

The draw is now available for this year’s SPSL London Competition, which will take place on Saturday 5th November, at the Kensington Conference Centre in London.

The Premier, A, B, C and Juvenile events are shown on separate sheets.  The CLASP draw will be posted on the CLASP website.

Competitors should note that all piobaireachd events will start at 8.30am.  A schedule of competition times will be published nearer the event date.

Late entries will not be accepted.  Anyone who believes they have entered but are not shown in the draw should raise a query directly with Andrew Hall.

Competitors wishing to stay at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington may wish to use the reference code SCOT041116.  However, cheaper deals may be available via the hotel online booking system.

Please download the draw over at the SPSL website here.


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. Information on how to access the live stream will be circulated nearer the time.

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
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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

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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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