Events

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Saturday 4th August 2018

The Silver Chanter 2018

Date & Time: Saturday 4th August 2018 at 19:30

Join us at The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW, for The 52nd Silver Chanter on Saturday 4th August 2018. This year’s competitors are: Callum Beaumont Glenn Brown Cameron Drummond Alasdair Henderson Angus MacColl Iain Speirs This will be a fantastic competition, with each competitor playing a MacCrimmon Piobaireachd. Included in your… Read more »

Sunday 12th August 2018

Classical Pipe Music – Scotland’s Hidden Treasure

Date & Time: Sunday 12th August 2018 at 19:00

This very special concert – Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – takes the listener on a musical journey through Scotland’s precious musical heritage. This is a chance to hear some of the finest exponents of classical pipe music, or piobaireachd (pronounced ‘peebroch’). Some of this music is 400 years old but there are modern… Read more »

Monday 13th August 2018

The Masters Solo Piping Competition – Piobaireachd

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 9:00

The best competing pipers of this generation return to the stage at The National Piping Centre as they take part in the annual Masters Solo Piping Competition. The overall winner of this competition qualifies for the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship in October, so you can expect to see the best of the best on show!… Read more »

CLASP World Amateur Solo Championships – Grade 3

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 9:30

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 3 will run on Monday 13th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Grade 3 CLASP has the following events: Piobaireachd (own Choice) Piobaireachd Ground (Own Choice) No points awarded for this event 2/4 March (Own Choice) 4 parts minim Strathspey and Reel… Read more »

The Masters Solo Piping Competition – March, Strathspey and Reel

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 17:00

The best competing pipers of this generation return to the stage at The National Piping Centre as they take part in the annual Masters Solo Piping Competition. The overall winner of this competition qualifies for the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship in October, so you can expect to see the best of the best on show!… Read more »

International Piping Concert

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 21:00

There’s an exciting new show to open Piping Live! at Drygate. Come along to hear Fred Morrison (Scotland), Borja Baragano Duo (Asturias) and the Morvan Massif (Central France) and Jarlath Henderson (Ireland) perform on a wonderful night of international piping styles, to kick of the festival in style! This event is Over 18s only.

Tuesday 14th August 2018

CLASP World Amateur Solo Championships – Grade 2

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 9:30

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 2 will run on Tuesday 14th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Grade 2 CLASP has the following events only: Piobaireachd (Submit 2 own choice, play 1) 2/4 March (Submit 2, play 1) 4 parts minim Strathspey and Reel (Own Choice) 4… Read more »

Family Fun Day 2018

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 9:30

Join us at Piping Live! for our Family Fun Day! The morning will kick off with a Scottish story, followed by a performance from some of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland which will include a come and try the Bagpipes and Drums, where your wee ones can get hands on with the instruments…. Read more »

Lunchtime Recital – Bruce Gandy

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 13:00

The Piping Live! Lunchtime Recital Series returns for 2018, with a fantastic line up. Today sees Bruce Gandy, from Halifax, Nova Scotia take to the stage. Bruce has won many of the top prizes in solo piping and pipe bands, including the World Pipe Band Championships with the 78th Fraser Highlanders. Come along to hear… Read more »

Ceòl nam Pìobairean

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 19:30

Join Piping Live! at Drygate for this new event, celebrating the music of the highlands and the language of Piping, Gaelic – Ceòl nam Pìobairean “Music of the Pipers”. Featuring The Third Half, a new project from Allan MacDonald, Mike Katz and Iain MacLeod as well as Gaelic song from Kathleen MacInnes and piping from… Read more »

The International Quartet Competition 2018

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 19:30

This Piping Live! staple event returns for 2018, once again sponsored by RT Shepherd & Son, to showcase the best in international Pipe Bands, just days before they take to Glasgow Green for the Worlds. Eight pipe bands from across the globe will send four of their pipers to compete in this head to head… Read more »

Wednesday 15th August 2018

CLASP World Amateur Solo Championships – Grade 1

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 9:30

The CLASP World Solo Amateur Competition Grade 1 will run on Wednesday 15th August at The Convent Chapel, which is part of St Aloysius College. Grade 1 CLASP has the following events: Piobaireachd (Submit 3 own choice, play 1) 2/4 March, Strathspey and Reel (Submit 2 of each tune type, play 1) 4 parts minim… Read more »

Lunchtime Recital – Willie McCallum

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 13:00

The Piping Live! Lunchtime Recital Series returns for 2018, with a fantastic line up. Today you can hear from one of the all time greats of solo piping – Willie McCallum. The 8 time Glenfiddich Champion will present an hour of wonderful recital – get your tickets now!

Standard Habbie

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 19:30

Standard Habbie “The Epitaph of Habbie Simpson, He made his Cheeks as red as Crimson, Who on his Dron bore bonny Flags, And babed when he blew the Bags” Join a cast of some of Scotland’s most inventive musicians, for an evening playfully celebrating the life & myth of the most famous toun piper of old,… Read more »

Thursday 16th August 2018

Lunchtime Recital – Ian K MacDonald

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 13:00

The Piping Live! Lunchtime Recital Series returns for 2018, with a fantastic line up. Today’s recital comes from the double Gold Medal winning Ian K MacDonald from Toronto. He acheived the “The Double” in 2016 winning both the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting Gold Medals in the same year.  Join us for the last in the… Read more »

Pipe Idol – The Grand Final

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 17:00

Who will be Pipe Idol 2018? After four heats of fierce competition the four finalists will play one last time in front of a panel of secret judges to see who will be crowned champion. Watch throughout the week at the Street Cafe at The National Piping Centre as the finalists are chosen. For 2018,… Read more »

Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 19:30

Carrying on the tradition started in the Lord Todd Bar at Strathclyde University, The Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge will pit four top pipers against each other as they take to the stage to perform a medley of their favourite tunes. Last year this event SOLD OUT so we would recommend getting your… Read more »

Friday 17th August 2018

Breabach and Anxo Lorenzo Band

Date & Time: Friday 17th August 2018 at 19:30

This fantastic concert will see two of the best piping acts around take to the stage with a distinctly Scottish/Spanish flavour. After collecting a clutch of folk awards last year and following the launch of their 5th studio album “Astar” we are proud to present the dynamic and exhilarating music of Breabach on their return… Read more »

Saturday 18th August 2018

After Worlds Shindig – Late Night!

Date & Time: Saturday 18th August 2018 at 22:00

Join us at The National Piping Centre for this fantastic Late Night After World’s Shindig featuring Hamish Napier, who will present his new album, and up and coming new group Assynt who are launching their own new music. These two fantastic groups will take to the stage from 10pm, so dont miss out and plan… Read more »

Sunday 19th August 2018

Gordon Duncan Memorial Concert

Date & Time: Sunday 19th August 2018 at 13:00

It’s over a decade since this pioneer of piping music passed away. To celebrate Gordon Duncan’s life and work, three pipers from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany will battle it out over 3 sets of Scottish, Irish and Breton tunes, to be crowned the champion piper 2018.

The Pipers Gathering

Date & Time: Sunday 19th August 2018 at 20:00

Piping Live! 2018 will close with a gathering of some of the best musicians around. Finlay MacDonald, Ross Ainslie, Brighde Chaimbeul, Anxo Lorenzo and Andy May amongst others will perform a variety of piping styles from across the globe. Get your tickets now for this fantastic round up to Piping Live! 2018.