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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

Inverness Summer Camp 2017

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland will be bringing its young members to Inverness to conduct a Piping and Drumming Summer Camp. This will be the second time the NYPBoS have held such an event in the Highlands region. The programme will run for 3 days and will see NYPBoS Senior Band members teach and collaborate with other young pipers and drummers aged between 12 and 25 years old. During the camp students will learn new music, attend workshops on tuning, bandsmanship, and theory and, most importantly, meet other young pipers and drummers from around the region. On the final day there will be a small performance by the students and brief recital by members of the NYPBoS.

Please see below for more information on the camp.

Dates: 17th - 19th July 2017 

Venue: Millburn Academy, Diriebught Road, Inverness, IV2 3QR

Building: Main Hall & Classrooms

Cost:

  • £120 Residential (£60 Beginners Residential)
  • £70 Non-Residential (£35 Beginners Non-Residential)

All costs go towards accommodation (Residential only), meals, tuition, music packs and venue hire.

Camp Objectives

  • To teach students new music in a safe and fun environment.
  • To help improve musical theory skills through focused workshops.
  • To assist in building individuals’ confidence on the pipes and drums by teaching students new skills.
  • To provide a platform for young pipers and drummers in the region to meet and socialise.
  • To provide a platform for young local pipers and drummers to perform together.

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Pipers (45 places only)

All Pipers attending the camp will be placed into groups of similar abilities on the first day so that everyone will be able to progress at the same speed. Intermediate and Advanced students will be expected to attend all three days, whereas the Beginners course will only run for a full day and a half (finishing at 1pm on Day 2).

When registering please follow the level guidelines below. Please note there will be a limited number of spots on this camp.

  • Beginner – just started playing/ can only play basic movements such as the scale and possibly some embellishments/ may be able to play one or two tunes on the practice chanter/ may be just starting on the pipes
  • Intermediate – can read music to an intermediate level / can play simple marches, strathspeys and reels / can play more than 5 tunes on the full pipes.
  • Advanced – can read music to a high level / able to play or sight read 4 part marches, strathspeys and reels / can also play hornpipes and possibly a piobaireachd / competent on the full pipes.

Drummers (25 places only)

Following on from the success of last year’s camp the drummers will once again be working in small and larger groups to create a brand new camp fanfare which will feature during the last day recital. Senior drummers from the NYPBoS will also be working with students on techniques to improve their drumming as individual and corps players. Intermediate and Advanced students will be expected to attend all three days, whereas the Beginners course will only run for a full day and a half (finishing at 1pm on Day 2).

When registering please follow the level guidelines below. Please note there will be a limited number of spots on this camp.

  • Beginner – just started playing/ can only play basic movements, rudiments and flourishing/ may be able to play one or two tunes and basic exercises.
  • Intermediate – can read music to an intermediate level / can play simple marches, strathspeys and reels / can play more than 5 tunes on the drum and has experience of playing in a drum corps.
  • Advanced – can read music to a high level / able to play and sight read 4 part marches, strathspeys and reels / can also play hornpipes and Jigs / competent on the drum and has experience of playing in competition with a drum corps.

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Accommodation

Two nights’ accommodation and meals will be provided to everyone attending the camp as a Residential student. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a “first come first serve” basis. Students will be staying at the Inverness Youth Hostel which is located 5 minutes’ walk from Millburn Academy. Please see the link below for more information regarding the accommodation. NYPBoS Adult Supervisors will also be on hand in the evenings to supervise.

All bed linen in the rooms are provided. You will only need to bring your personal toiletries and towel.

Please note, students and NYPBoS will have exclusive use of their dormitories and will not be sharing accommodation with external members of the public. Rooms will be allocated accordingly to age and gender.

Meals

All meals will be provided by a catering company but if you wish to purchase any food or snacks from the cafe please bring along some pocket money.

What to bring

Pipers are required to bring along their practice chanter and bagpipes. If you do not have a full set of pipes yet that is fine as long as you have a practice chanter.

Drummers are required to bring along their own snare, tenor or bass sticks and practice pads. If you are able to bring a drum with you that would be great as we will only have a limited number of drums with us at the camp.

We will provide music packs for the camp but please feel free as well to bring along your own music to use as a reference.

For any more information regarding this event please email the NYPBoS This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0141 3530220.

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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,
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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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