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Mastered – the MMus/MA Traditional Music (Piping)

Mastered – the MMus/MA Traditional Music (Piping)

By Finlay MacDonald Postgraduate study is a great option for those already at a high, professional standard, looking to further their own musical and creative voice within the world of piping and the wider traditional music scene. This course of study is very much centred on the individual, encouraging artistic […]

Two heads are better than one

Two heads are better than one

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #63, 2013. It’s said that every day we each make thousands of decisions. Starting from the moment we wake up: do we get out of our chariots or roll over? And then: if we decide we want to eat, what’s for brekkie, what […]

Pass it on

Pass it on

By Dougie Pincock I was very pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago to be contacted by Piping Times editor, Stuart Letford and asked to make this contribution to the Bagpipe.News Blog. I met Stuart when I was an instructor at The Piping Centre (before it was National!), and hearing […]

Going home

Going home

By Andrew Bova The second movement of Antonín Dvořák’s 9th Symphony will likely be more commonly known to pipers as the theme of the tune Going Home, which I’ve been called on to play at funerals on a number of occasions. This theme, while frequently thought of as a folk […]

Listen

Listen

By John Mulhearn “Do you ever listen to pipe music?” “… Em, not really… I sometimes hear a busker when I’m in the town…”. So began conversations I had a with a number of students recently. In my day-to-day role as an instructor at The National Piping Centre I often […]

Playing it by the book

Playing it by the book

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #49, 2010. Bagpipe music publishers will never experience the mass market appeal of a Stieg Larsson (can you imagine?).  But when it comes to supporting the health and vibrancy of the music, they are every bit as important as the mainstream print houses. […]

To the Lords of Convention

To the Lords of Convention

By Stuart Letford It was Jack Campin who years ago quipped that the only place you’ll ever see a well-dressed Border piper is on an undertaker’s slab. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the Lowland & Border Pipers’ Society (LBPS) has been the organisation responsible for the revival of […]

The sum of all our parts

The sum of all our parts

By Roddy MacLeod MBE Welcome to Bagpipe.News! This is The National Piping Centre’s new information service for the world of piping. We hope that this service will be engaging, entertaining, educational and supportive. Our aspiration is to connect with individuals, bands, innovators, organisers, educators and all those who work towards […]