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    Visit The National Piping Centre

    Visit to learn more about our work, the history of the bagpipes, and to try them yourself.

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

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Showcase

Showcase

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland present a showcase from their talented young players. With quartets, trios and other instruments, its something new from the NYPBoS.

Friday 28th April

7.30pm

The National Piping Centre

Tickets £12 adults / £10 concession (Over 65, Student, U16)

 

Showcase: Adult Ticket   
Showcase: Concession Ticket    

 

 

Piping Degree

Piping Degree

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BMus – Piping Students will showcase their repertoire.

Friday 31st March

7.30pm

The National Piping Centre

Tickets £12 adults / £10 concession (Over 65, Student, U16)

 

Piping Degree: Adult Ticket   
Piping Degree: Concession Ticket    

 

 

Dr Flora MacAulay’s Photographs

Dr Flora MacAulay was brought up and educated in Wales to a Welsh mother and Hebridean father whose family were from the Islands of Benbecula and Lewis.

Named after her paternal grandmother, Flora MacEachen, she came from a family of doctors and was one of the first female orthopaedic surgeons ever to qualify in the 1940’s. After some time practicing in Truro, she spent most of her life practicing as a GP in Carradale, Kintyre and on locum in the Western Isles. Her hobbies included tennis and photography but her passion was the Great Highland Bagpipe.

She was a well known and loved figure around the Highland Games circuit and took many photographs of the great players of the day and the beautiful settings in which they competed. She attended the Northern Meetings and Argyllshire Gathering every year since the Second World War missing them only once in her later years when she was too ill to attend. She died in Campbeltown, Argyll in 1994 and was immortalized in the Jig written by Allan MacDonald, Dr Flora MacAulay of Carradale.

 

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Donate

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.

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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.
 

Try the Bagpipes

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.

To make a booking or discuss your groups requirements please contact the Events Team on 0141 353 5551 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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