The National Piping Centre is bringing you a series of Adult Gatherings in 2023 for pipers aged 18+, which have been designed to give a fantastic social learning experience. This year we will be running in person workshops as well as online events.
The dates for our 2023 schools are: Autumn Adult Gathering: 30 October-2 November
Our schools will run in two timezones, one for in person teaching and one for online students. The in-person school will run during the day UK time (9am – 5pm UK time), with the online school running in the evenings (3pm – 9pm UK time). There will be no option for online learning during the day, or in person learning in the evening. For the online schools to run in 2023, we require a min of 6 students to register. Teachers for each school will be announced ahead of the event.
The school costs £275 in person and £240 online for the four days.
We have a new booking system for purchasing lessons. Once you have paid for your Adult Gathering place, you will be sent an email with a form to give us more information about your playing level. Please complete this as soon as possible.. If you have a gathering booked and would like to look at your account, please click Customer Account below, and you can login from there.
The in person schools will take place at one of the two National Piping Centre locations in Glasgow City Centre or West End. This will be confirmed nearer the time of your school. For our online schools, you will join us on Zoom each day for your day of tuition! Once you have registered, we will be in touch with more information about the school and how you can log in each day.
Over the four days there will be group lessons, 1-2-1 tuition, Masterclass workshops and more for pipers. Each piping student will be provided with a digital music pack so everyone will have new music to learn.
It is £275 GBP to register for a place on one of our in person schools and £240 GBP for an online school. Registrations will open shortly.
We are just finalising the exact timetable and will update this soon, but you can expect 1-2-1 lessons, practice time, masterclasses, workshops, new music and more. These will be similar for in person and online tuition.
Each school will have a different teaching line up, from our world-class professional pipers.
The teachers for the upcoming Summer Adult Gathering will be:
Andrew Bova, John Mulhearn, Ailis Sutherland and Dan Nevans
If you are still unsure about if it is right for you, we asked attendees at our recent school to tell us about their experiences and here is what they had to say:
” Thoroughly recommend attending an adult gathering at least once in your lifetime, I’ve done it twice and it resulted both times in a positive step change in my piping.
World class instructors, fantastic location, and an easy and open way of teaching” – Attended in person in Winter 2023
“I found the whole Gathering experience absolutely brilliant, being able to attend in person, the staff and guest tutors were so down to earth and approachable, all being World famous Superstar Pipers. Everyone of them brought fountains of knowledge, new techniques for us to consider for our level of piping, and all where so passionate about piping, that most lessons ran over, which is so infectious. I’ve attended one or two Gatherings before, all of which were well worth doing, but this has to be the best todate. I’ve come away with renewed enthusiasm for my piping. I’ve always said, if the NPC says this is how to do it, no one can argue with that. I’ve had an amazing time, met some old friends and made new ones, will be booking for Spring 23. ” – Attended in person in Spring 2022
The National Piping Centre requires all students to use hearing protection at all times when playing pipes. Hearing protection is available for purchase in our shop or free of charge from the earplug dispenser in both our piping school venues.
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