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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

Scottish Piping Society of London Annual Competition - Results

The Annual Scottish Piping Society of London competition took place on Saturday 05 November. The full results are:

Bratach Gorm
1st Callum Beaumont
2nd Finlay Johnston
3rd Jack Lee, Surrey
4th Iain Speirs
5th Faye Henderson

Open Piobaireachd – William Gillies Memorial
1st Andrew Hayes
2nd Craig Sutherland
3rd Alan Bevan
4th Callum Beaumont
5th Jamie Forrester

Premier and A-Grade
MSR – London Medallion / John MacFadyen Quaich
1st Gordon Walker
2nd Stuart Liddell
3rd Cameron Drummond
4th Callum Beaumont
5th Iain Speirs

March – J.B. Robertson Rose Bowl
1st Roddy MacLeod
2nd Alasdair Henderson
3rd Willie McCallum
4th Cameron Drummond
5th Finlay Johnston

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Stuart Liddell
2nd Cameron Drummond
3rd Steven Gray

A-Grade
Piobaireachd – R.G. Lawrie Ram’s Horn Snuff Mull
1st Darach Urquhart, Glasgow
2nd Nick Hudson, Pittsburgh
3rd Xavier Boderiou, Brittany
4th Mike Fitzenhry, London
5th Derek Midgley, New Jersey

MSR – Strachan Cup
1st Sarah Muir, Glasgow
2nd Nick Hudson
3rd Darach Urquhart
4th Jamie Forrester
5th Graham Drummond

Hornpipe & Jig – Mary Flora Beaton Cup
1st Graham Drummond
2nd Jamie Forrester
3rd Nick Hudson

B-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Calum Watson
2nd Andrew Donlon
3rd Matt Pantaleoni
4th Bruce MacDonald
5th Anna Kummerlow

MSR
1st Callum Moffatt
2nd Andrew Wilson
3rd Sandy Cameron
4th Jamie Elder
5th Ross Cowan

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Andrew Donlon
2nd Greig Canning
3rd Jonathan Simpson

C-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Alex Gehrig
2nd Chris Lee, Hong Kong
3rd Calum Brown, Aboyne, Scotland
4th Richard McGrath, Northern Ireland
5th Joanne Guillox

MSR
1st Richard McGrath
2nd Eddie Gaul
3rd Dan Nevans
4th John McElmurry
5th Connor Jardine

There was also a CLASP competition. Results for this will be posted on the CLASP website shortly.

The CLASP London Results 2016

It  was a great weekend for the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) in London at the Scottish Piping Society of London’s Annual Competition. Pictured is Andrea Zingg who won the Grade 1 Piobaireachd event. The full results were as follows:

Overall Winners
Grade 3 Andrew Richardson
Grade 2 Con Houlihan
Grade 1 Andrew Park

Grade 3 Piobaireachd (Ground)
1st Bill Copland
2nd James Hanlon
3rd Alfred Graf

Grade 3 Full Piobaireachd
1st Neil Scotland
2nd Bill Copland
3rd Andrew Ricahardson

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1st James Carnegie
2nd Tom Broderick
3rd Lachlan MacDonald

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
1st Andrea Zingg
2nd Andrew Park
3rd Bradley Boxall

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1st Andrew Richardson
2nd Joris Panis
3rd Lachlan MacDonald

Grade 3 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Joris Panis
2nd Andrew Richardson
3rd Lachlan MacDonald

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st Con Houlihan
2nd Bradley Boxall
3rd Andrea Zingg

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Bradley Boxall
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd Andrea Zingg

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Enora Morice
2nd Andrew Park
3rd Robert Frater

Grade 1 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Enora Morice
2nd Andrew Park
3rd Len Durham

Autumn Solo Piping Judges Seminar – 20th November

The Solo Piping Judges’ Association (SPJA) and the Piobaireachd Society have decided to adopt a different approach to their autumn judges’ seminar this year. The seminar, which is free of charge, will be held in the auditorium at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow and will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. It will also be live streamed so that it may be viewed by those who cannot make it to Glasgow.

The livestream will be available to watch at www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/livestream The main subject for discussion will be the set tunes for the Silver Medal competitions in 2017. These are tunes drawn from Book 16 and from the compositions of Pipe Major Donald MacLeod and so are unlikely to be well known.

The seminar will be chaired by Jack Taylor and the discussions will be led by Andrew Wright (Book 16 tunes) and John Wilson (Donald MacLeod tunes) and some of the tunes will be illustrated on the pipes.

It is hoped that this will be of interest to judges, competitors and teachers, as well as to the wider public.

The agenda for the day, and approximate timings, are as follows:

13.00 to 14.30 Book 16 set tunes
14.30 to 15.00 Short break
15.00 to 16.30 Donald MacLeod set tunes

Part Time Tenor & Bass Drumming Tutor Wanted - Preston Lodge Pipe Band

The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) is seeking applications for the position of tenor and bass drumming tutor for the Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band in Prestonpans, East Lothian.

The role is part time and will focus on working within our development programme in the Prestonpans cluster schools, teaching tenor and bass drumming. The role will carry pro-rata holiday entitlement of 28 days per annum, and the option to join a pension scheme with employer contribution.

The successful applicant will have a passion and energy for youth development and teaching, be confident, pro-active, have good self-discipline, and will be able to help lead our two pipe bands to success.

The position will be 10 – 13 hours per week during term-time, including a full day teaching at Preston Lodge. In addition, extracurricular activities include competitions, concerts, various functions, possible foreign trips and a week-long Summer and Easter school.

Competitive remuneration package

If you are interested in the position, contact Simon Grant – SSPDT drum major and principal drumming tutor for the Prestonpans schools cluster via email, accompanied with your C.V. and a covering letter outlining why you are interested in the post.

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Closing date for applications: 30 November 2016

Beginner Gaelic Class at The National Piping Centre – Starting January 2017

The National Piping Centre is hosting its very first Gaelic for beginners class this January! Join us every Thursday from 19th January – 23rd March 2017 from 6pm until 8pm for these fantastic new series of lessons.

The classes will start from complete beginner level, with the conversational basics, as well as other useful Gaelic expressions.It will also give insights into Gaelic and Highland culture, and why it is so important to piping!

The classes will cost £50 adults and £40 concession (Student, 65+, U16)

If you would like further information, please contact the class tutor James Beaton on 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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