The CLASP workshop weekend will take place both in-person and remotely using the Zoom platform on Friday 7 and Saturday 8, October.  Instructors confirmed to date are John Wilson, John Mulhearn, Wilson Brown, Ailis Sutherland, Connor Sinclair, Margaret Dunn and Andrew Bova.

Registrations Open until Wednesday 28th September 2022 (Midnight UK time)

The in-person workshop will start at 9am in The National Piping Centre, Glasgow and the Zoom online platform will take place from 3pm (UK time). The workshop is open to adult amateur solo pipers worldwide and workshop participants are not required to be a CLASP member. This workshop series is specially tailored for competition amateur solo pipers and each day of the workshop will offer one individual lesson, group tuition covering some piobaireachd set tunes for 2023, new piobaireachd music, light music playing and a general focus on improving the key aspects of solo competition performance. For pipers who do not play piobaireachd, an introduction to piobaireachd will be offered in place of some of the piobaireachd group sessions.  Please note that this workshop weekend is for adult pipers only of 18 years and over.

Course Content: Each day students will receive approximately six hours of teacher contact time.
Here is what students can expect each day:

  • 1 x  45 minute individual lesson
  • 3 x  Piobaireachd Group Sessions covering the 2023 Set Tune list  and also new Piobaireachd material.
  • 1 x  Talk – Bagpipe Set up/Sound Quality by John Wilson on Friday & James Thomson (Physio) on Saturday
  •  Group Workshop – Technique Class on Friday & MSR tune selection for your grade and playing points by Connor Sinclair (Grade 1/2 pipers) & Margaret Dunn (Grade 3/4 pipers) on Saturday.

Individual Lesson – Students will be offered one 45 minute session on both Friday and Saturday. This is a one to one private lesson where the student can cover anything of their choice. Pre-recorded performances can be shared with the instructor also if the student wishes. This can be a good opportunity for the instructor to hear the student clearly on the pipes and is very useful in a remote setting.

Aims of the CLASP workshop weekend are:

  • To create a relaxed learning environment for adult amateur pipers and enthusiastic pipers with an interest in competition solo piping
  • Introduce new music (both for Light Music and Piobaireachd)
  • Refine existing material
  • Deliver Masterclasses on Light Music
  • Improve Tuning
  • Improve Technique
  • Focus on Performance Presentation and Preparation
  • Introduce other interesting and relevant topics