Summer Piobaireachd Course/ RSPBA Summer School/ Bagpipe Auction

Piping Press editor Robert Wallace will be conducting a class in ceol mor separate, but during the RSPBA Summer School this forthcoming August. The dates are August 5, 7 & 9 and the class runs from 10.30am until 12.30pm and from 1pm until 2pm each of the three days.

The venue is the Gaelic School, Berkeley Street, Glasgow G3 7HP. Students should bring chanter, pipes, recorder and music, though tutor books will be available for purchase.

The class will be limited to eight (8) students. All levels of pupil from beginner to professional piper accepted. £30 discount for unwaged students.

Rooms will be available to students for practice on the Tuesday and Thursday. There is a wide range of nearby accommodation available both in Glasgow’s west end and city centre. More information on the class here.


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The RSPBA Summer School 2019 will be held in Glasgow Gaelic School from Monday 5th August until Friday 9th August. The school is aimed at encouraging young pipers, snare and tenor drummers and drum majors fulfil their potential.

The Summer School for pipers and snare drummers takes place between Monday 5th August until Friday 9th August at a cost of £180.

The Summer School for tenor drummers and drum majors takes place from Wednesday 7th August until Friday 9th August at a cost of £120. Online registrations are now open – register here

The theme for this year is ‘Level Up!’. RSPBA Education Officer Pat Whelan said: ‘The RSPBA wants to encourage our young pipers, snare and tenor drummers and drum majors to fulfil their potential as stars of the future in the pipe band scene.

Five years ago…the RSPBA Summer School in 2014

‘This year’s event will bring some of the best piping and drumming tutors to work with our students. All of our tutors are registered with PVG and come with a wealth of experience and success in the competition arena.

‘This year is an exciting one for the RSPBA. We hope to move back to our refurbished headquarters building later in the year. We will be asking our students to take part in composing a piece of music to celebrate the opening. We hope that the tune will be performed at our summer school final performance on Friday in front of invited guests, parents, friends and family.’

Contact Pat Whelan on 0141 221 5414 or at pat.whelan@rspba.org .



Edinburgh’s Festival of Ireland (EFI) have sent this: ‘We are pleased to announce that we have received a donation of Highland, Lowland and European bagpipes, pipe and practice chanters, bagpipe books, reeds and accessories.

‘All these will sold at a special sale at McTears auctioneers, Glasgow, on Thursday 15th August 2019.’

The auction coincides with Worlds Week and should draw a large crowd of interested buyers.

According to EFI the sale consists of instruments by Henderson, Lawrie, Kilberry,  Kintail, Sinclair, Drumran, with Warnock and Warmac, as well as European folk bagpipes. There are also tune, tuition and piping history books for sale.

According to EFI there are over 100 lots in the sale and may be the first ever auction devoted entirely to the pipes. EFI can be reached at office@efoi.org.uk.


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