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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, FRSA, MA, CA - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

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Pipe Band Workshops

The National Piping Centre is able to offer tailor-made workshops for pipe bands of any grade. The duration and the number of hours of instruction per day given during these workshops can be dictated by the band.

Specialised instruction can be arranged for the pipe, snare, bass and tenor sections of the band. Topics covered may typically include technique, maintenance, instrument set-up, tuning, ensemble, music selection and arrangement, marching and discipline, competition preparation and others by mutual agreement.

Prices for pipe band workshops may vary dependant on the resource commitment in terms of staffing and rehearsal space required.

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Evening Classes

The National Piping Centre’s Evening Class courses provide top class tuition in small groups.

Suitable for everyone from complete beginners to advanced pipers, these weekly classes in small groups will provide supportive and fun learning environment. 

The next term is from Saturday 21st April - Thursday 28th June. 

For this 10 week course, the fees are: 

  • £90 Adults 
  • £80 U16

The classes last for 50 minutes and start on the hour from 5pm - 8pm* Monday to Thursday and at 10am, 11am and 12pm on Saturday mornings. Lessons are given in small groups where the students will be of similar standard. You will be taught by one of our expert teachers using The National Piping Centre’s Tutor Book. 

If you are new to the Evening Classes and the instrument, you will need to purchase our Tutor Book and a chanter. A starter pack is available from The Bagpipe Shop for £55 which includes both these things. 

We can take registrations once the course has started, however the full 10 week price will still apply. We can only take new registrations until week 2 of the new course. 

These 10 week courses are run over 3 terms a year. Term 1 is a 10 week term typically running between September and December with a mid term break. Term 2 is a 10 week term which commences January until Easter and Term 3 is a 10 week term which normally runs from Easter until July. For further information about our evening classes please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0141 353 0220.

* Please note that the main doors to The National Piping Centre close at 7pm. After this time, please enter the building through The Pipers' Tryst Hotel & Restaurant.

To find out more download the Evening Class brochure here.



The Piping Centre Evening Class Levels

This is a guide to the standards of each of our levels in the evening classes.

Beginner: Complete beginner, never played before

Level 1: Not a beginner, can play scales, g gracenotes, strikes and simple melodies and can read music. (Currently working on Chapters 7 – 9 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book)

Level 2: Able to play D Throws, High A and High G Doublings, G,D,E’s (Currently working on Chapters 10 – 13 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book)

Level 3: Able to play most movements including all doublings, G strikes, grips. Is just about to go onto the pipes (currently working on Chapters 14 – 20 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book).

Level 4+: Able to play all movements including birls, taorluath, B strikes and beyond. Can play several tunes with reasonable sense of timing on the pipes (currently working on Chapters 21 – 27 of The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book).

For further information about our evening classes or for more guidance on the levels, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0141 353 0220.


Willie Beveridge

Willie has been teaching at the National Piping Centre’s Evening Classes for a number of years and has become one of the most popular instructors because of his wealth of knowledge and entertaining approach. Previously, Willie has been a bagpipe instructor for the Royal Scots Regiment in the 1st Batt and has a huge amount of solo competition experience gaining a number of top awards as a member of the Competing Pipers Association.

One of Willie Highlights in his player career is having the honour of playing for the first President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda.

Stuart MacKenzie

Stuart began learning the pipes in the early 1960s and was tutored then by the highly respected teacher, Tommy Pierson, of the College of Piping in Glasgow.

He joined the Clan MacRae Society Pipe Band at age 17, later moving to another Grade 1 Band, British Caledonian Renfrew, in 1970/71. He rose through the ranks with B Cal, as they came to be known, finally becoming Pipe Major of the Band’s successors, Babcock Renfrew, another well-known Grade 1 Band.

All three bands were successful in their own right, each winning competitions at local and Championship level on a regular basis.

Stuart has been teaching the pipes for many years now and is currently Pipe Major of The Royal Burgh of Renfrew Pipe Band.

Chris Ross

Christopher Ross hails from Kyle of Lochalsh and first took an interest in piping at the age of 6. He was “shown the basics” by his dad, Alwyn before receiving formal tuition at the age of 10. Chris received tuition from Niall Stewart in School and privately from Pipe Major Iain (Alby) MacKinnon of the Scots Guards. It is Alby who was perhaps most influential in instilling Chris’ passionate and disciplined approach to piping.

Chris had a very successful career as a Junior Competitor featuring in the prize lists of most competitions he attended, perhaps the most notable of which being the 2007 Inverness Music Festival, where he won the Under 18 MSR and Piobaireachd to take the title of Overall Champion. Shortly after this Chris moved to Glasgow where he began playing for a number of years with the Phoenix Honda Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band at Grade 2, in order to further develop his piping skills.

In 2010 Chris was accepted on to the BA Scottish Music – Piping Degree course run by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During this time he received tuition from Stuart Samson MBE, Finlay MacDonald and Allan MacDonald. He also gained experience in teaching accompanying Finlay MacDonald and Glenn Brown to Italy to work with a small group of pipers there and also performing in Spain with a small group and of musicians. He has also done work with Orchestras giving him a wealth of knowledge which his keen to share.

Chris graduated from the course in 2014 and has since taken up the post of Assistant Manager in the National Piping Centre Shop. Always a keen soloist Chris has recently returned to his competitive career, this time at a professional level and is currently receiving his tuition from Chris Armstrong. He aims to one day win the Gold Medal at Inverness and Oban and is currently working hard to achieve this goal.

Chris considers himself a very fortunate individual when he considers the opportunities piping has given him and he would love to teach on a full time basis in order to share his knowledge and give others those same opportunities.

Eddie Seaman

Eddie comes from Edinburgh and started playing the chanter at school at the age of 10. Over his time at School he played in the school pipe band as well as playing in the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe band and playing with the Feis movement in Scotland. For his final year at school he studied at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional music based in Plockton. He was taught the pipes by Iain MacFadyen and started learning the Whistle from Hamish Napier.

Eddie spent 4 years studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During his time there he was taught pipes by Finlay MacDonald, Stuart Samson and Allan MacDonald and was taught Whistle and Bouzouki by Marc Duff.

While at the conservatoire Barluath was formed, a 6 piece folk band, which has toured extensively throughout the UK and overseas. Some of the highlights include winning a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections in 2012 and being nominated for “Up and Coming Artist of the Year” at the MG Alba Scots Music Awards in 2014. They released they’re first album “Source” in 2012, which was produced by Phil Cunningham, and are set to release they’re second in 2015, this time produced by Anna Massie.

Eddie also works in several other musical outfits. This includes working with guitarist/singer Luc McNally Singer/Songwriter Darcy DaSilva on her first solo album. Other work includes working in several theatre productions. Some of those have included working with actor/director David Paisley on his show “The Lassies O” and Nic Green in her production of Fatherland.

He also has taught extensively including teaching the East Kilbride Pipe Band, the Glasgow Fiddle Workshop and the National Piping Centre’s Italian spring school.

Micheal Steele

Micheal Steele is from South Uist and started learning when he was 8 years old. He is currently about to start his 2nd year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He started learning from the tuition of Ivan MacDonald and Donald MacDonald before moving onto Iain MacDonald. After being accepted into the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in 2013 he then received tuition from Iain MacFadyen. Micheal has enjoyed some success in solo competition, his most notable prize being the overall under 18 winner at the Highlands and Islands ‘Young Piper of the Year’ competition in 2012.

Micheal has had a short pipe band career, it has been a very successful one however, as he has won the world and European championships with Johnstone pipe band in grade 2 in 2015.

As well as playing the bagpipes, Micheal also plays the whistle, flute and border pipes. He is involved in several folk/ceilidh bands and this has given him the opportunity to play at many events. His most notable being the ‘Hebridean Celtic Festival’ in 2011 and the ‘Tiree Music Festival’ in 2013 and 2015.


Fees and Policies

Tuition Fees

  Adult Under 16
Individual Lessons - In-person or Skype £24 £20
Block of 10 Individual Lessons - In-person or Skype £220 £180
Intensive Course - 15 individual lessons over one week £330 £275
Evening Classes - 10 week course £90 £80
Seasonal Schools £165 £165


Please note that the duration of each piping lesson is 50 minutes.
We are unable to extend your lesson if you are late.
Cancellation Policies:
Individual or Online Lessons – If a lesson is cancelled by the customer within 48 hours of the scheduled lesson time, the customer will be charged the full lesson amount. However, we will endeavour to reschedule lessons cancelled out with this time frame. If you have booked a block of 10 lessons, this cancelled lesson will be deducted from the total of your booking.

Intensive Course and Seasonal School Cancellation
If an intensive course is cancelled more than 14 working days in advance, 25% of the cost will be refunded. If cancelled within 14 working days, no refund will be made.

Examination Bookings Cancellation Policy
If an examination is cancelled within 48 hours of the scheduled exam time, the customer will be charged one full lesson amount. However, we will endeavour to reschedule the exam cancelled out with this time frame.

Evening Classes Cancellation Policy
Our evening classes are 10 week terms. If you join after the start of the term, the full course price will still apply. If an evening class course is cancelled more than 7 working days in advance, a full refund will be provided. If cancelled within 7 working days, no refund will be made, however, there maybe an option to rollover the fee to the next term. If you begin the course and find you cannot complete it, no refund will be made.

Cancellation of lessons by The National Piping Centre
Sometimes it is necessary for The National Piping Centre to cancel lessons due to unforeseen circumstances. In this instance we will contact you as early as possible before your scheduled lesson time by email or phone. We will then reschedule the cancelled lesson at the earliest convenient time for both parties.  Please ensure The National Piping Centre has the correct contact details, as they cannot be held responsible for missed cancellation notices.


We are delighted to announce our continuing partnership with the The Pipers Corner Shop in Brüggen and that the confirmed dates for the 2018 Original Winter School of Piping, Drumming and Drum Majoring in Bruggen, Germany are Sunday 25th February- Saturday 3rd March 2018. Students can now register to secure a place at the link below.

Fees for the schools start from €355.00.

The National Piping Centre Tutors on the school will be our Principal Roddy MacLeod along with Willie McCallum, Finlay MacDonald, John Mulhearn and Dan Nevans. they will teach alongside David Johnston, the CEO Pipers Corner Shop and Musical Director Crossed Swords Pipe Band, Tamas Lapossy, P/M German Lowland Pipes & Drums and Mark Wilson, Senior Champion Snare Drumming Instructor. 

Head over to the Pipers Corner website, and click the title of the school option for full details. 

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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, FRSA, MA, CA - 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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