Weekend Piping Club at the NPC for under 17s resumes on Saturday

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The Weekend Piping Club is a fantastic learning place for new players and those that already play. Aimed at young learners, aged 6-17, classes are taught in small groups at The National Piping Centre in McPhater Street.

•Ailis Sutherland with the young learners in the Weekend Piping Club.

The Weekend Piping Club takes place on Saturdays, and there are six levels (details below) to accommodate a range of learning stages. Club terms run for 12 weeks with the Glasgow schools term dates (e.g. classes will not run over the September Weekend or the October Week).

The dates for the Autumn 2023 term are: Saturday 2nd September – Saturday 16th December

Q&A Session

If you’d like to chat through your options or just get a bit more info, please sign up via the link below for a 10-15 min drop-in session with Ailis from our Youth & Communities team

BOOK Q&A SESSION WITH AILIS

Booking Form

Please register via the booking form below. You will be redirected to Ovatu (our payment system) once the form has been submitted.

You can book a place for the Autumn term until the beginning of Week 2 (Saturday 9th September).

Please complete the form below. It may take a few seconds to load. Once you have completed the form, you will be asked to click a link to pay for the lessons. This will open up a new browser tab, and may return the form with empty fields. This means the form has been successfully submitted and there is no need to complete it again. Once on the booking tab, please select the Weekend Piping Club option and pay for your lessons through Ovatu to complete your registration.

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•Ailis Sutherland with the young learners in the Weekend Piping Club.

You can sign up now for the following levels:

Complete Beginners: Aged 17&U*
Time: 10am – 10.30am (30 min class)
Cost £60 for 12 weeks on either Saturday or Sunday
Course content: introductory exercises and demonstrations, taught by ear using TNPC Tutorbook.

*Please note: practice chanters and books can be purchased from the Bagpipe Shop in-person or online

Beginners 1: Aged 6-8**
Time: 10.30am – 11am (30 min class)
Cost £60 for 12 weeks on either Saturday or Sunday
Course content: Those that can play scale and one or two grace notes, including those who have taken our complete beginners course.
**Please note: You do not need to have done our complete beginners course in order to join at this level.  

Beginners 2: Aged 8-12***
Time: 10.45am – 11.30am (45 min class)
Cost £80 for 12 weeks on either Saturday or Sunday
Course content: Those that can play scale and one or two grace notes, including those who have taken our complete beginners course.
***Please note: You do not need to have done our complete beginners course in order to join at this level.

Novice Chanter: Aged 8-12
Time: 10am – 10.45am (45 min class)
Cost £80 for 12 weeks on either Saturday or Sunday
Course content: simple tunes, complex exercises and demonstrations, taught using Weekend Piping Club music pack and other appropriate material.

Intermediate Chanter: Aged 11-17
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm (1 hour class)
Cost £80 for 12 weeks on either Saturday or Sunday
Course content: more complex tunes, advanced exercises and demonstrations, taught using Weekend Piping Club music pack and other appropriate material.

Pipers: Aged 17&U
Time: 11am – 12.30pm (1.5 hour class)
Cost: £120 for 12 weeks on either Saturday or Sunday
Course content: This course will focus on Technique, Repertoire & Performance Practice


The teachers who work on rotation for our club include: Ailis Sutherland, Ben Muir, Ceitidh NicDhòmhnaill, Robyn McKay, Ciar Milne, Dr Andrew Bova, Kenneth Macfarlane, Hazel Whyte, Hamish Drennan & Emma Hill.