The National Piping Centre at the National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication
Pipers from The National Piping Centre will take part at The National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication, which takes place today, Wednesday 5th July 2023.
The pipers are chosen from The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and the BMus Traditional Music – Piping degree course, both of which are run by The National Piping Centre.
In the first performance Charlie Mack (Junior Band) and Emma Hill (Senior Band and Honours Year Student) will play the Royal party out of the Great Hall with the tune “Return of the Stone” by Maj Gavin Stoddart Retd, and then Lewis Russell (Senior Band), Hazel Whyte (Senior Band and Honours Year Student), Callum Kaye (Honours Year Student) and Thomas Fallon (Junior Band) will process through to the drawbridge of Edinburgh Castle playing The Green Hills of Tyrol, When The Battle is Over and Lochanside, for this key moment in this celebration of Their Majesties’ Coronation.
These pipers are from across the Junior Band and Senior Band of The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, the national youth programme for pipers and drummers aged 10-25, and the BMus Traditional Music – Piping degree course, which is a four year performance programme from The National Piping Centre and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The National Piping Centre has had royal patronage almost since its inception, and was officially opened in 1998 by His Majesty, who was Patron as Prince of Wales, who also visited on as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations in 2008, which is pictured below.