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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

Barbados Celtic Festival 2018 - Call for Pipers

The National Piping Centre and Piping Live! are delighted to be partnering with the Barbados Celtic Festival 2018 to help find a fantastic lot of pipers to attend and perform as part of their events. For the first time in 2017 individual pipers and drummers from around the world created a Massed Pipe Band. Along with the Barbados Defence Band, a marching brass band, and the Royal Barbados Police Band – professional musicians, and the Army Cadets, this created an amazing Parade through the Capital Bridgetown on the Saturday morning of the festival.

And in 2018 they want it to be bigger and better! 

The event takes place from 24th - 27th May 2018, and flight and accommodation packages start from as little as £700. 

Barbados Celtic Festival takes place on an island which enjoys 365 days of sunshine every year and when it rains the local Bajans call it “liquid sunshine”. The Celtic festival enjoys performances from top level international folk musicians which has included Eddi Reader, John McCusker, Heidi Talbot Alan Kelly and the Peatbog Faeries. Its a very colourful and enjoyable event – with a local crowd including holidaymakers, and press and television cameras – both from the local stations and from Scottish Television who filmed the whole festival.

Last year Scottish television made two programmes from the festival, one about the music, interviewing Smokey Burke a local musician who explained how the Scottish military drum beat was a direct influence on the local reggae beat. The other programme Peoples History, explored the historical links between Scotland and Barbados. 

To register your interest to take part in this wonderful event in the heart of the Caribbean, head over to their website now and register your interest by completing the short "Ask Us Anything" form. 

Find out more here

Scottish Piping Society of London Annual Competition - Results

The Scottish Piping Society of London held its 78th annual solo piping competition at the Kensington Conference Centre this Saturday 4th November. Our very own Roddy MacLeod won the Bratach Gorm for piobaireachd for the eighth time! He also placed 2nd in the JB Robertson March event. Bruce Gandy from Nova Scotia, was the winner of the overall award for the premier events.

Congratulations to other members of the National Piping Centre team - Finlay Johnston won the P MSR, took 5th in the Bratach and was 3rd in the JB Robertson March competition, as well as Dan Nevans was 2nd in the C-grade MSR. Congratulations to all those who took part in the bvery well run event. 

The full results were:  

Bratach Gorm
1st Roddy MacLeod, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
2nd Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow, Scotland, “Lament for Ronald MacDonald of Morar”
3rd Bruce Gandy, “The Big Spree”
4th Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “Lord Lovat’s Lament”
5th Finlay Johnston, Glasgow, Lament for the Children”
Judges: Ian Duncan, Stuart Samson, Andrew Wright

Piobaireachd (William Gillies Cup)
1st Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Nameless” (cherede darieva)
2nd Bruce Gandy, “Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy”
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Glasgow, “My King Has Landed in Moidart”
4th Glenn Brown, Glasgow, “Beloved Scotland”
5th Jamie Forrester, London
Judges: Archie MacLean, Willie, Morrison, Bill Wotherspoon

MSR (London Medallion & John MacFadyen Quaich)
1st Finlay Johnston
2nd Jack Lee
3rd Seumas Coyne, Van Nuys, California
4th Alasdair Henderson
5th Callum Beaumont
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Walter Cowan, Jack Taylor

March (P-M J.B. Robertson Silver Rose Bowl)
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Roddy MacLeod
3rd Finlay Johnston
Judges: Bob Worrall, Andrew Wright

Hornpipe & Jig (Mary Flora Beaton Cup)
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Alasdair Henderson
3rd Roddy MacLeod
Judges: Bob Worrall, Andrew Wright

Grade A/B+
Piobaireachd (R.G. Lawrie Ram’s Horn Snuff Mull)
1st Peter McAllister, Dunblane, Scotland
2nd Derek Midgley, New Jersey
3rd Jamie Forrester
Judges: Ian Duncan, Stuart Samson

MSR (Strachan Memorial)
1st Darach Urquhart, Glasgow
2nd Callum Moffat, Lockerbie, Scotland
3rd Ben McClamrock, Washington, DC
Judges: Walter Cowan, Iain McLellan

Jig (Donald Forbes Medal)
1st Andrew Donlon, Washington, DC
2nd Callum Moffat
3rd Darach Urquhart
Judges: Walter Cowan, Iain McLellan

Piobaireachd (John Roe Plate)
1st Eddie Gaul, Dundee, Scotland
2nd Ben McClamrock, Washington, DC
3rd Gavin Ferguson
4th Steven Leask, Glasgow
5th Sarah Muir, Glasgow
Judges: Logan Tannock, Robert Wallace

MSR (London Scottish Hodden Grey Trophy)
1st Matt Wilson
2nd Andrew Donlon
3rd Greig Canning, Edinburgh
Judges: Dixie Ingram, Iain McLellan

Jig (Hugh MacMillan Trophy)
1st Ross Cowan, Annan, Scotland
2nd Matt Wilson
3rd Eddie Gaul
Judges: Archie MacLean, Willie Morrison, Bill Wotherspoon

Piobaireachd (National Piping Centre Trophy)
1st John McElmurry
2nd Ciaren Ross
3rd Gwenael Dage
Judges: Euan Anderson

MSR (P-M Robert Crabb BEM Trophy)
1st Ciaren Ross
2nd Dan Nevans
3rd Andrew Hutton
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Dixie Ingram

Hornpipe & Jig
1st John Dew
2nd Matt Supranowicz
3rd Kyle Shead
Judges: Euan Anderson

Glenfiddich Piping Championships 2017 - Results


This Saturday, 28th October 2017, the 44th edition of the world’s most prestigious solo piping competition, the Glenfiddich Piping Championship, took place at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire. 

This year’s competition was won overall by Jack Lee from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. To claim this year’s title, he took 1st in the Piobaireachd and 2nd in the March, Strathspey and Reel events. Our very own Roddy MacLeod, Principal of Piping won the MSR event.

The full prizelist was: 

1st Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
2nd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “The End of the Great Bridge”
3rd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Scarce of Fishing”
4th Glenn Brown, Glasgow, “Lament for the Laird of Anapool”
5th Callum Beaumont, Bo'ness, Scotland, “Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck”
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Ronnie McShannon, Jack Taylor

March, Strathspey & Reel (tunes repeated)
1st Roddy  MacLeod, Glasgow, “The Clan MacColl,” “Piper’s Bonnet,” “The Rejected Suitor”
2nd Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “The Marchioness of Tullibardine,” “Arniston Castle,” “Drum-Major John Seton”
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Glasgow, “The Duke of Roxburgh’s Farewell to the Blackmount Forest,” “The Caledonian Society of London,” “Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran”
4th Craig Sutherland, Crieff, Scotland, 
5th Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh, 
Judges: Ian Duncan, Willie Morrison, Bob Worrall

Speaking about his win Jack Lee said: “"Solo competitors are part of a close knit community where we often play and compete in events across the country. From this experience, we all know how tough competing in the Glenfiddich Championship is going to be, as it is performing at the highest level in piping.  Each player has worked hard and won other events to earn their place here, so to win amongst such talent is an incredible honour."

The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to bring together the world’s finest pipers and witness some of the finest renditions of the ancient and traditional piobaireachd or ceol mor (the great music) and light music or ceol beag (the little music).    
The 10 competitors are invited to play as a result of having won prestigious accolades at other piping events during the last year.  So all the competitors are already champions before coming to Blair Atholl, but competing at the Glenfiddich is seen as solo piping’s ultimate prize.

The event was livestreamed to people across the world, including viewers in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

Job Vacancy - West Lothian Schools Bagpipe Instructor

West Lothian Schools are looking for a Full Time Bagpipe Instructor. Duties will include teaching pupils to play bagpipes, develop their musical literacy, aural awareness and interest in music making in 5 secondary schools and 5 primary schools in West Lothian. Lessons are taught in groups and there is a requirement for extracurricular work to be undertaken. Effective communication skills and the ability to self-motivate are essential. You will also be required to take the role of Pipe Major/Administrator for the West Lothian Schools Pipe Band Development Programme which currently includes 2 competing bands and feeder system. Rehearsals for this programme take place on a Thursday from 4pm to 6pm and Friday between 1pm and 4pm. Additional payment will be made for the Friday rehearsal.

To find out more and apply go to the MyJobScotland website 

World Solo Drumming Championships – Saturday 21st October 

The National Piping Centre is happy to welcome drummers to practice for the upcoming World Solo Drumming Championships.

Drummers can access rooms from 5pm – 9pm from Monday 16th October – Friday 20th. 

Out with these hours there will be no availability for practice as there is no room capacity within the centre. 

Rooms should be pre-paid, the rate is £5 per hour, and pre-booked by phone: 0141 353 0220 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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