Support our work
The National Piping Centre (TNPC) is a registered charity based in Glasgow, Scotland. From its beginnings, The National Piping Centre has been closely involved in developing and growing interest in piping and the broader cultural arena surrounding the instrument. Our organisation serves as a hub of excellence for the bagpipe and its music nationally and internationally.
We teach every level of pipers, with over 900 people taught monthly, from beginners to an honours degree course with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Alongside our formal learning opportunities, we host various classes for children & young people and adults through our weekly classes, Gatherings, Immersive Courses, and outreach work in communities across Scotland. We have given over 200,000 lessons since we opened.
National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland seeks to support Pipe Bands across Scotland and individual young people through unique experiences around developing Pipe Band music.
We are also home to the Internationally renowned Piping Live! Festival takes place in August each year, a major musical and cultural event coinciding with the World Pipe Band Championships. Piping Live! Annually attracts more than 30,000 spectators to more than 150 events across seven days.
We are committed to supporting, sharing, and commissioning research into the culture, traditions, and current issues in piping. This includes the commissioning and presenting new research, such as the Piping Ecology Report and Gender Equality in the piping survey.
Cultural Heritage is a theme that runs through all programmes at The National Piping Centre. From our day-to-day teaching to specific heritage projects such as the archive website and Noting the Tradition Project. Our two venues are unique to Glasgow’s cultural landscape and heritage, housing the Museum of Piping, Library and Archives with three hundred years of piping history.
We host various events that work with the broader piping scene, including the CLASP (CLASP is a Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers), Junior Piping Competition, our online YouTube channel with interviews, lessons and tips, performances etc.
We need your help to continue our efforts to enable people of all ages to access, participate in and enjoy the Highland Bagpipes through diverse educational and creative activities.
In addition to the funding we receive from Creative Scotland, we need the support of trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors, and individuals to deliver this diverse work programme.
Here is a snapshot of what your donation supports:
- Access to the highest quality music-making for everyone.
- Subsidising teaching on our weekend piping club, adult and junior gatherings and more.
- Providing meeting spaces for piping clubs like the Veterans group.
- Providing 59% of programmed events free at Piping Live!
- The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and their outreach projects.
- Continuation of our research and promotion of bagpipe traditions and innovation.
You can donate through our CAF Donate page, where we can also collect GiftAid from UK taxpayers - we can reclaim 25p for every pound donated from tax you pay for the current tax year.
Instrument Donations Policy
The NPC is committed to increasing diversity and inclusivity across our own activities and those of the wider community. By donating an instrument, you are further supporting this work by enabling us to provide instruments to future generations of pipers and other musicians, particularly those from less privileged backgrounds who may otherwise find the cost of a new instrument is a barrier to entry. Donations we receive are critical to supporting the continuation of our outreach work. Download our full bagpipe donation policy and agreement for more information