Pipers’ Tryst extends discount / Piping Instructor wanted for school / Hilton’s new collection

The Pipers' Tryst atop Hope Street.
Pipers Tryst photo

The Pipers’ Tryst, the National Piping Centre’s award-winning restaurant and bar, has extended the Eat Out to Help Out discount for September.

The extension means a 50% discount on all food and non-alcoholic beverages on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays for all of next month.

A spokesman said: “The government backing for this scheme ends today but we have extended it so that our customers will continue to visit and enjoy our great quality Scottish food for 50% off. “This scheme has been a fantastic way to encourage diners back into The Pipers’ Tryst restaurant and hotel. We have loved welcoming guests who are enjoying their favourite Scottish dishes, or trying something new from our menu.”

To view the menu and to book a table go to https://www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/eat/the-piper-s-tryst-restaurant/about-the-restaurant or telephone 0141 353 5551.

• Read Stuart Letford’s review of The Pipers’ Tryst.

St Columba’s School in Kilmacolm in Scotland is seeking a bagpipe teacher.

The position is as the second Piping Instructor.

Gordon Bruce is the Head of Piping and Drumming Programme at the Renfrewshire school. He said: “Applicants will require a minimum qualification of a Diploma in a recognised music course or an equivalent piping qualification. The successful candidate will work closely with me, teaching one day per week on a self-employed basis in the Junior School and assisting with pipe band rehearsals and events.”

Further information is available at www.st-columbas.org/vacancies. Those interested in further information about the post should contact Gordon Bruce at GBruce@st-columbas.org

Letters of application and CVs with the names and email addresses of two referees should be submitted to recruitment@st-columbas.org  by 4.00pm Monday, September 7, 2020. Interviews will be held on Friday, September 11.

On Wednesday, innovative Australian piper and composer, Lincoln Hilton marks the 20th anniversary of his sheet music book, Modern Piping with a fresh release.

Volume 20 is Hilton’s latest initiative to, in his own words, “create a platform for piping to push the boundaries of music while honouring tradition.”

Modern Piping’s latest … out on Wednesday.

Volume 20 features compositions from Hilton’s usual dozen contributors including Chris Armstrong, Lorne MacDougall, R.S. MacDonald, Ross Ainslie and Xavier Boderiou.

Hilton, of Melbourne, Victoria, told Bagpipe.News: “By having a wide variety of top composers, we can publish the best selection from each creating a highly sought after piping book. The pressure for a composer to create 100 pages of their own music is lowered, and they can really focus on creating a few awesome standalone tunes. One of our main goals has always been to not only support composers and their music but to make new music more quickly available to pipers of all grade levels.

Lincoln Hilton.

“Pipers don’t have to wait for the composer to release their lifetime’s work of music every 10 or 20 years or for a Grade 4 band to wait on a Grade 1 band playing the tune first. This way, we can bring the best selection of music from our team available every two months. Many of our published tunes have been chosen and played at the World Championships by top Grade 1 pipe bands including Field Marshal Montgomery, Scottish Power, Shotts and Dykehead, Fife Police, Glasgow Police, Glasgow Skye, 78th Fraser Highlanders, Canterbury Caledonian and so many more all over the world. Our music has also been played at the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo.”

“In light of worldwide lockdowns, we decided to commemorate this occasion by supporting a cause close to our hearts. We will be bringing awareness around mental health through launching a series of articles, and interviews exploring this topic in our piping and drumming world. This is a topic we are very passionate about as it is often overlooked.”

With over 1,000 pages of published music over four years, Modern Piping is one of the longest-running piping sheet music books in history.

• The book is available here, priced AUS$27.95