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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 CVO CBE FRSE MA CA - Lady Ivory DL MA ARCM FRSA - Sandy Grant Gordon CBE MA.    Read More

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The Piobaireachd Society return to Edinburgh Fringe this August

The Piobaireachd Society is to promote its second concert of ceol mor as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The concert ‘Classical Pipe Music - Scotland’s Hidden Treasure’ is on Sunday, August 11, at 7pm. As last year the venue is the 200-seat St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh. The concert is expected to finish around 9.30pm and there will be a small reception afterwards.

The pipers invited to perform this year are Stuart Easton, NZ, the 2018 Oban Gold Medallist, Dr Peter McCalister the 2018 Inverness Gold Medallist, Darach Urquhart the 2018 Oban Silver Medallist and double Gold Medallist Niall Stewart, Kyle. They will each play two tunes in continuous fashion with no gaps for tuning, four tunes before the interval and four after.

The tunes to be played are: the Massacre of Glencoe, the Wee Spree, the Old Men of the Shells, Queen Elizabeth II’s Salute, Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay, the Daughter’s Lament, MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart and Chisholm’s Salute. Tickets are priced £10 and are available via the Fringe Box Office and at the door.

The entrance fee includes a comprehensive concert programme detailing the history of the music and the tunes played.

Piobaireachd Society President Robert Wallace said: ‘Last year’s recital was a great success and introduced many visitors to ceol mor. St Cecilia’s Hall is a beautiful venue with an excellent acoustic for the bagpipe. The absence of tuning and the quality of the musicianship
of this year’s recitalists will guarantee another very enjoyable evening of piobaireachd music.’ 

SPA Knockout Dates for 2019

The Scottish Pipers' Association has confirmed the dates for this year's Knockout Competition: 

1st Heat is Saturday 4th May and features Stuart Liddell vs Gordon McCready

2nd Heat is Saturday 8th June and features Callum Beaumont  vs Cameron McDougall

3rd Heat is Saturday 7th September and features Steven Leask vs Sarah Muir

The venue is The National Piping Centre Otago Street in Glasgow's West End. The Scottish Pipers' Association is now in it's 100th year.

For more information go to http://www.scottishpipersassociation.co.uk/2.html 

Scots Guards Knockout - Dec 9 Results

After a great event on Sunday 9th December, Ross Miller won his first round of the Scots Guards Knock Out Competition, beating Alan Clark. This was followed by a great recital from Fred Morrison.  

If you would like to head along to the Scots Guards Club to hear some great piping here are the next few dates for the diary. 

27 January Calum Watson V John Dew

24 February Willie Rowe v Calum Brown

31 March semi final

28 April semi Final

Final to be decided

All start at 4pm and tickets are available on the door for all knockout events. 

Pipers Trail Now Recruiting for 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Following the resounding success of its first global tour last year, Pipers Trail – the house band of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – opens applications today for 2019 recruits. 

Pipers Trail was developed by the Tattoo in 2014 to establish a worldwide network of Scottish piping and drumming performers with abilities to play traditional and contemporary music. The band is built upon a focus for excellence and inspiring the next generation to continue Scotland’s longstanding traditional music forms. 

As well as playing a key role in the Edinburgh Tattoo’s Massed Pipes and Drums, the band, led by former Director of Army Bagpipe Music, Major Stevie Small MBE, kicked off its worldwide journey in September of last year at the Dusseldorf Tattoo before performances in Norway, the Czech Republic, China, and a return to Dusseldorf in September this year. 

New recruits are being called on from all points of the compass with the opportunity to perform at the annual Tattoo spectacle in the iconic shadow of Edinburgh Castle, and the chance to travel the globe to international ceremonies and piping events. 

Next year, the band will increase in size from 50 members to 75 members fulfilling three files on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Potential applicants should be over 18, have proficient musical skills including an RSPBA Grade 3 as a minimum standard, and be able to commit to performing at the world-renowned Tattoo for four weeks in August 2019. 

Stevie Small, Project Officer at Pipers Trail, said: “Pipers Trail is committed to leaving a lasting legacy for Scottish traditional music and dance all over the world, beyond the walls of the annual Edinburgh Tattoo. We truly believe we offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those with a keen and capable interest in piping and drumming.

“This year, we are looking to extend the size of our group quite significantly opening up more spaces for seasoned musicians and the next generation of talent. Those thinking about applying should have the ability to set up, tune and maintain their pipes to a high standard and be able to read, play and memorise scores quickly and accurately. 

“Earlier this year, the Tattoo revealed its intent to reach ever-larger audiences at home and abroad with an ambitious international expansion programme, so the opportunities which lie ahead for Band members are huge.”

As well as nurturing traditional music, Pipers Trail also provides members with an opportunity to experience different cultures, communities and traditions building global citizens and friendships with musicians around the globe. 

Applications open today and close on Sunday, 16 December. For further information and to apply, pipers and drummers should visit www.edintattoo.co.uk/piperstrail

Scots Guards Knockout - Result and next dates

After a great event on Sunday 25th November, Cameron Macdougall won the first round of the Scots Guards Knock Out Competition, beating Jonathon Simpson. 

If you would like to head along to the Scots Guards Club to hear some great piping here are the next few dates for the diary. 

09 December Allan Clark v Ross Miller 4pm followed by a Fred Morrison recital at 6pm - tickets should be bought in in advance for Fred Morrison recital. 

27 January Calum Watson V John Dew

24 February Willie Rowe v Calum Brown

31 March semi final

28 April semi Final

Final to be decided

All start at 4pm and tickets are available on the door for all knockout events. 

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 CVO CBE FRSE MA CA - Lady Oona Ivory DL MA ARCM FRSA - Sandy Grant Gordon CBE MA

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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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