Women in piping and drumming survey


The National Piping Centre is inviting more women to contribute to their survey on the experiences of women in the piping and drumming community in Scotland, after a fantastic initial response that saw hundreds of women come forward to share their views.

The extension of the survey comes as The National Piping Centre hosted an event entitled Women in Piping & Drumming at Glasgow’s Piping Live! festival on August 16, providing a platform for discussion on the topic and an opportunity for women interested in contributing to find out more.

•Helen Urquhart, Ailis Sutherland and Dr. Andrew Bova discussed the first stages of the survey findings at Piping Live! 2023.

The Centre has already amassed an impressive 240 responses to the survey, which will help shape future strategies aimed at fostering equality, diversity, and inclusivity within piping and drumming.

Entitled Women in Piping and Drumming: Equality, Inclusivity, and Diversity, the survey was launched in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in April this year as part of a study designed to gain a better understanding of women’s perspectives and experiences within piping and drumming in Scotland.

In an effort to encourage even more women to come forward and share their experiences anonymously, while also ensuring comprehensive and broad-ranging data collection, the survey is now reopening and will accept submissions until the new deadline of Friday 8 September 2023. 

The survey can be accessed here: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/news-events/852-women-in-piping-and-drumming-equality-inclusivity-and-diversity-research-2023

Helen Urquhart, Marketing & Piping Events Manager at the National Piping Centre said: “It has been heartening to see such a positive response to our survey into the experiences of women in piping and drumming in Scotland. As we reopen the survey to allow further participants to have their say, we would also like to thank everyone who has contributed so far.

“We have decided to extend our survey to allow as many women as possible to share their experiences in confidence. This in turn will give us an even clearer picture of the current landscape in order to guide strategies to implement into the future. 

“I would like to reiterate that all information shared through the survey will remain completely confidential and anonymous and will be handled with care. We would encourage anyone who has not yet completed the survey to please do so. We hope the information we gather can help piping and drumming in Scotland, and the world, continue to grow and flourish.”

Anyone who identifies or has identified as a woman and is, or has been, involved in any aspect of piping or pipe band drumming within Scotland is able to take part. All participants will remain anonymous, with their answers stored securely and accessed only by the research team.

Data gathered from the survey will be analysed and compiled into a publicly available report, which will help The National Piping Centre to develop future strategies to promote equality, diversity and inclusion within piping and drumming.

This survey has received ethical approval from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Ethics Committee, which ensures rigorous and proper ethical practices are adhered to in academic research.

The survey is accepting responses until Friday, September 8, and can be accessed at: www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/news-events/852-women-in-piping-and-drumming-equality-inclusivity-and-diversity-research-2023

•Sarah Muir playing in the Masters Solo Piping competition at Piping Live! 2023.
•Eala Niamh McElhinney playing in Pipe Idol at Piping Live! 2023.
•Katie Robertson playing in Pipe Idol at Piping Live! 2023.
•Hazel Whyte performed a recital from the culmination of her 3rd year studies at Piping Live! 2023.
•Ailis Sutherland and Brìghde Chaimbeul playing in the Canntaireachd collaboration at Piping Live! 2023.
•Anna Smart competing in the Gordon Duncan Memorial Piping Competition at Piping Live! 2023.