A unique charitable institution, The National Piping Centre is a repository for the legacy of bagpiping in Scotland and is responsible for providing instruction and sharing expertise around the world in order to promote and preserve the musical heritage of the Highland bagpipe.
We teach all age groups and abilities in our beautiful listed building located in Glasgow. We also teach in schools around Scotland and our reach extends globally through the use of technology with online lessons. Working in conjunction with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, we deliver a BA with Honours (Scottish Music – Piping), and ‘Study Abroad’ programmes with Glasgow and Edinburgh universities.
Always a flurry of piping activity, the National Piping Centre runs amateur piping competitions, hosts recital evenings and is home to the world renowned and internationally acclaimed Piping Live! festival. We also house a library and the Museum of Piping, which we operate in conjunction with the National Museum of Scotland.
The NPC is proud to have established and continues to run one of the most exciting projects in youth music, the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. The NYPBoS is a non-competitive performance band made up of the best young pipers and drummers from around the country. The band entertains audiences both at home and abroad and is an excellent ambassador for Scotland and its musical traditions.
In order to maintain its core educational and project activity, the National Piping Centre relies heavily on the generosity of individuals, organisations and Trusts & Foundations. If you would like to offer your assistance towards keeping the musical and cultural traditions of Scotland alive please DONATE NOW at the paypal button below and support the ongoing activities of The National Piping Centre.
If your tour group, corporate away day, school group or other organised tour is looking for a truly Scottish experience, then look no further than our "Come and Try the Bagpipes" workshops. If you wish to visit The National Piping Centre's Museum of Piping outwith a group booking, please see our Meet The Piper page.
This event is gives your group a simple introduction to playing the bagpipes, so you can all come and try this traditional iconic instrument at The National Piping Centre.
Guests will be welcomed by a Scottish bagpiper and given a tour of The Museum of Piping.
They will then have a full demonstration of the bagpipes from the Bagpiper Host, along with an opportunity to learn, play and have fun with this challenging instrument.
Come and Try Events Costs
Guests 1-19 £165
Guests 20-120 £10 per person
We will happily tailor make all events to suit your groups requirements, time and budget.
The National Piping Centre can provide drinks and refreshments whilst your group participates in this entertaining exercise.