Piping Degree graduates / Owen MacNiven

Three of the five latest graduates in action last year: John Dew, Danny Hutcheson and Ciaren Ross. Currently, Dew plays with Inveraray & District Pipe Band while Hutcheson and Ross play with Shotts & Dykehead.

Five young pipers have become the latest graduates to secure a BMus Traditional Music – Piping degree with honours.

The five – four gained first class honours – are: John Dew, Gavin Hardie, Danny Hutcheson, Ciaren Ross and Christina Shaw.

The course is run jointly by the National Piping Centre (NPC) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Finlay MacDonald, the new Director of Piping at the NPC said: “We are very proud of these students for the way they have continued to study during these unprecedented times and these awards are a fantastic reward for their hard work.”

* Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 intake. Find out more HERE.

An article that appeared on Bagpipe.News a few weeks ago has led to piping historian, Jeannie Campbell delving further into the family history of Owen MacNiven.

MacNiven’s name may not be one with which younger pipers of today are familiar. He was, though, one of the leading pipers of the inter-war period and the only pupil of Robert Reid to beat him in competition.

Jeannie’s research reveals that MacNiven’s family history had strong links to the Western Isles. Read her article here.