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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

A New Future for the Silver Chanter Piping Competition

The Skye Piping Society and The National Piping Centre are pleased to announce that from this year, the Silver Chanter Competition will continue in Glasgow. 

Cailean Maclean, Chairman of The Isle of Skye Piping Society said “While the Skye Piping Society is disappointed that due to rising costs and diminishing income we have had to sever our connection with the Silver Chanter Competition, we are delighted that through the support of the William Grant Foundation and The National Piping Centre a way has been found of ensuring the event’s continuation at least for the next few years. It is wonderful that this prestigious piping event has not been lost and we wish every success to The National Piping Centre in its stewardship of the Silver Chanter competition.”

Roddy MacLeod, the Principal of The National Piping Centre added “The National Piping Centre is pleased to take on the running of this landmark event in the piping calendar which has been a high point in the solo piping season for the last 50 years. Through the generosity of the William Grant Foundation and with the support of The Isle of Skye Piping Society we aim to preserve the traditions of the event which celebrates the music of the MacCrimmon composers. In 2018, the event will be held on the 4th of August at The National Piping Centre and from 2019 the event will be brought into the Piping Live! festival’s portfolio of events."

Nick Addington Chief Executive of the William Grant Foundation commented ”The William Grant Foundation remains committed to supporting piping as part of its increasingly broad charitable interests. Alongside ongoing funding for the Glenfiddich Piping Championships we continue to support a number of other solo piping competitions.
At the request of both organisations, we are pleased to transfer the funding we had already pledged for this year’s Silver Chanter to allow the National Piping Centre to organise a successor competition in Glasgow on the traditional date. We have pledged funding for three years, subject to a review after year two.

The event has been held at Dunvegan Castle since 1967. This year's event will now take place at The National Piping Centre on Saturday 4th August. More details about tickets will be available shortly. 
The William Grant Foundation is interested in supporting a thriving contemporary cultural scene in Scotland rooted in its unique heritage and is pleased to enable this next chapter in the story of the Silver Chanter competition.”

Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition 2018 - Results

On Saturday 10th March, the 19th Annual Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition took place at The National Piping Centre. It was a great day, and in, what we think, was a first for a senior professional competition, it featured an all-female judging panel.

Thanks from The National Piping Centre and Competing Pipers' Association go to all the competitors, judges and stewards for another excellent contest. The event also used the stewarding app fully for the first time across all its events. This helped the day run well, and was another great first for piping competitions! 

The results were as follows: 

Overall Winner: Steven Leask 

B Piobaireachd: 

1st - Steven Leask 
2nd - Kristopher Coyle 
3rd - Steven Gray 
4th - William Rowe 
5th - Ben Mulhearn 


1st - Ross Miller 
2nd - Calum Brown 
3rd - Finlay Cameron 
4th - John Dew 
5th - Gavin Ferguson 

C Piobaireachd 
1st - Andrew Ferguson 
2nd - Bradley Parker 
3rd - Dan Nevans 
4th - Gwenael Dage 
5th - Scott Mckay 

1st - Bradley Parker 
2nd - Finlay Frame 
3rd - Douglas Mair 
4th - Andrew Bell 
5th - Scott McKay 

1st - Ciaren Ross 
2nd - Steven Leask 
3rd - Dan Nevans 
4th - Connor Jardine 
5th - Mael Sicard- Cras 

We would like to thank members of Duncan Johnstone's family who joined us to present the prizes. 

The National Piping Centre and College of Piping to join forces

We’re pleased to share the news today that The College of Piping is to become part of the National Piping Centre.

From 1st May, we will operate under the name "The National Piping Centre, incorporating The College of Piping".   

The National Piping Centre will continue to offer a full range of educational activities and qualifications, to act as a home to The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and to host the world’s biggest celebration of piping, 'Piping Live!', the Glasgow International Piping Festival.   

This is positive news for the bagpipe world. The NPC will ensure that Scotland’s rich musical history continues to grow and thrive for future generations around the world.

The National Piping Centre Junior Competition 2018 - Results

The National Piping Centre Junior Competition took place on Saturday 24th February 2018. Here are the full results from the day, which showed a very high standard of competition across all the events. 

We would like to thank our prize sponsors including R.G Hardie, who provided a set of Peter Henderson Heritage Bagpipes for our Overall U 15 Champion, David Naill Bagpipes, McCallum Bagpipes, Canning Reedmaker, MG Reeds, Ezeedrone.



Junior Champion: Brodie Watson-Massey 
Novice Champion: Gregor MacDonald
Chanter: Angus Scott

Event 1 - 15-17 Piobaireachd
1. Brodie Watson-Massey
2. Angus MacPhee
3. Andrew Ferguson
4. Ross Conner
5. Eosaph Caimbeul
6. Luke Shearer 

Event 2 - 15-17 MSR 
1. Andrew Ferguson
2. Jamie Niall Campbell
3. Angus MacPhee
4. Ross Conner 
5. Brodie Watson-Massey
6. Ian Hamilton 

Event 3 - 15-17 Jig 
1. Brodie Watson-Massey
2. Jamie Niall Campbell
3. Luke Shearer 
4. Ruaridh Brown 
5. Andrew Ferguson
6. Craig Peters 

Event 4 - U15 Piobaireachd
1. Paul Christie
2. Gregor MacDonald 
3. Cameron May 
4. Bobby Allen 
5. Amy McIntyre 
6. Joshua Reilly

Event 5 - U15 Piobaireachd - Ground Only 
1. Euan Lindsay 
2. Ryan McCreadie
3. Laura Robertson
4. Dugald MacKechnie 
5. Gregor Grierson 
6. Ruardidh Blyth 

Event 6 - U15 March 
1. Christopher Happs 
2. Gregor MacDonald 
3. Paul Christie
4. Bobby Allen 
5. Euan Thomson
6. Finlay Peden 

Event 7 - U15 Stratspey and Reel
1.Gregor MacDonald
2. Christopher Happs 
3. Paul Christie 
4. Bobby Allen 
5. Nicholas Knowles 
6. Fraser Hamilton 

Event 8 - Chanter Slow Air 
1. Harrison Bishop
2. Angus Scott
3. Mason Morrison
4. Alexander Drysdale-Dykes 
5. Cayla Winter-Wright
6. James Simpson 

Event 9 - Chanter March 
1. Angus Scott
2. James Simpson
3. Anna Thomson
4. Christopher Drummond
5. Ryan Baikie
6. Robert Wallace 

Thanks again to all competitors. Due to a miscalucation in results, the Overall Junior Champion was incorrectly awarded on the day. This has been corrected in these results and we apologise to the competitors affected by this mistake. 

Vacancies with the Royal Oman Police - Now Open

Two vacancies have just become available at The Royal Oman Police for a Piping Instructor and a Drumming Instructor.

We have been provided with this description of conditions:

•    2 year renewable contract

•    Salary:  In the range of 2000 Rials made up of 1500 R.O. + 500/- rental allowance for all inclusive accommodation and utilities

  • 45 days paid leave plus all local holidays

•    Paid flights per year

•    Full medical cover

•    Accompanied status – family can accompany the successful applicant


Potential candidates should send their CV along with cover letter of application, copies of qualifications/certificates to:

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Potential applicants should be:

•    Aged between 25-40

•    Excellent health with no long term medication

•    Qualified (Degree graduate, PDQB/RSPBA Certificates)

•    Working knowledge of the PDQB/SCQF syllabus

•    Excellent piping skills or snare drumming skills with working knowledge of bass, tenor and drum majoring

•    Able to manage/lead a players of varied standards and learning abilities and contribute fully as member of the management team

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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