COVID-19 – National Piping Centre closes

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March 23, Glasgow – The National Piping Centre has closed temporarily as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

The organisation’s management released this statement today:

“In light of the ongoing global health risk posed by COVID-19, we’ve taken the difficult decision to close The National Piping Centre for the time being.

“Of course, this is incredibly disappointing news for us to share with you, but the well-being of our students, staff, customers and visitors will always be a top priority to us. Our position as a school, restaurant, shop and tourist destination means we have a responsibility to help reduce the further spread of this pandemic.

Margaret Dunn conducting a lesson today via Skype.
The NPC’s Margaret Dunn conducting a lesson today via Skype.

“We have already moved to Skype teaching as much as we can, but from 5.00pm on Friday, March 20, both the National Piping Centre venues at McPhater Street and Otago Street will be closed to the public until further notice.

“As mentioned, Skype lessons will be going ahead and we are looking at exciting new ways of bringing you lessons and more. In the meantime our teachers would encourage you to keep up the work on your practice chanters, listen to whatever great piping you can, look at new tunes and brush up on your favourites.

The Bagpipe Shop is still open online, with order fulfilment on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The restaurant, hotel and public teaching areas will be completely closed, with The Bagpipe Shop closed to walk-in customers. However, we are creating great new menus for you to come back to and our great drinks selection is on ice, ready and waiting.

The Bagpipe Shop remains open online.

“We are continuing with our online lessons, social media pages with ideas and teaching and wedding blogging, as well as posting news over on Bagpipe.News all about the latest events in the piping world. We’ll continue to follow the advice of the UK Government and relevant local and global health authorities and will keep you updated as to when we will re-open to staff and the public. We will continue to keep you updated and when we do reopen, we hope you will come and see us soon.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.”