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 8:30

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 »

Pipers of The Great War Exhibition – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 10:00

Wherever Scottish troops have fought, the sound of the pipes has been heard, speaking to us of our beloved native land, bringing back to our memories the proud traditions of our race, and stimulating our spirits to fresh efforts in the cause of freedom.” Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, December 6, 1918. This exhibition brings… Read more »

Pipers of the Great War : A Lasting Legacy – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 10:00

Head along to The National Piping Centre Otago Street for this exhibition and musical display, in tribute to the pipers of the Great War. Download a QR scanner onto your mobile device, then you can scan the codes next to each display and hear compositions from some of the pipers who fought, including GS MacLennan,… Read more »

Salute to our Fathers – WW1 Exhibition – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 10:00

This exhibition comes from the friendship of four families who share having fathers who served in both world wars. All four sons are members of the Cameronians Association and all have attended memorial visits to WWI sites. The drawings are executed as if a diary / sketch book had survived with recollections of people, prose… Read more »

Museum Tours – Monday 11am and 3pm

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Street Cafe – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns, bigger and better, to Piping Live! 2018 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. You will find an expanded marquee with more space to enjoy the fantastic music on offer. There is free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 12:00

This year our flagship pipe band performances will take place in Buchanan Street. With stops at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps, Fiveways at TGI Fridays and in St Enoch Square, there will be daily bands showcasing the best in pipe band performances. Today’s bands are: 12noon – The Piping Live! Big Band – The… Read more »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Monday

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

The Piobaireachd of the Day at The NPC Otago Street will see a prize winning performer present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is Bob Worrall Tickets are £5 adults / £4 concession and are available online

The South West Scotland Collection – Book Launch

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

Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland’s forgotten corner is home to Scotland’s most famous song writer Robert Burns.  Yet the music of this region goes widely unrecognised. This collection represents the past, the present and the future of South West Scotland’s musical and cultural heritage, including fiddle and piano repertoire, old pipe music that has lain… Read more »

From Scots Borderer to Ulster Scot & Frontiers Beyond : Book Launch

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 14:30

The National Piping Centre Otago Street sees the launch of “From Scots Borderer to Ulster Scots by Iain Bell. This is a fantastic collection of new pipe music, written in the ‘auld style’. Iain Bell’s collection includes his tunes broadcast by BBC Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ programme and also the joint R.S.P.B.A./Commonwealth War Graves Commission prize… Read more »

Pipe Idol – Heat 1 – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 15:30

Pipe Idol is back for 2018! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

Smallpipes Session with Donald Lindsay

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

Donald Lindsay will lead a Smallpipes Session at The National Piping Centre Otago Street. So bring along your pipes and join in, or come along and enjoy listening to a few tunes!

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 the uniquely expressive style of Fred Morrison (Scotland), this masterful display of the Asturian Gaita by the Borja Baragano Duo (Asturias), timeless music of this beautiful region in France from the Morvan Massif (Central France) and the haunting sounds of… Read more »

Festival Club – Monday

Date & Time: Monday 13th August 2018 at 22:30

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2018. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. Tonight we feature: – SIMMITRI – Enora and Maelann. This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to… Read more »

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 »

Pipers of the Great War – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 10:00

Wherever Scottish troops have fought, the sound of the pipes has been heard, speaking to us of our beloved native land, bringing back to our memories the proud traditions of our race, and stimulating our spirits to fresh efforts in the cause of freedom.” Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, December 6, 1918. This exhibition brings… Read more »

Pipers of the Great War: A Lasting Legacy – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 10:00

Head along to The National Piping Centre Otago Street for this exhibition and musical display, in tribute to the pipers of the Great War. Download a QR scanner onto your mobile device, then you can scan the codes next to each display and hear compositions from some of the pipers who fought, including GS MacLennan,… Read more »

Salute to Our Fathers – WW1 Exhibition – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 10:00

This exhibition comes from the friendship of four families who share having fathers who served in both world wars. All four sons are members of the Cameronians Association and all have attended memorial visits to WWI sites. The drawings are executed as if a diary / sketch book had survived with recollections of people, prose… Read more »

Museum Tours – Tuesday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Street Cafe – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns, bigger and better, to Piping Live! 2018 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. You will find an expanded marquee with more space to enjoy the fantastic music on offer. There is free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 12:00

This year our flagship pipe band performances will take place in Buchanan Street. With stops at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps, Fiveways at TGI Fridays and in St Enoch Square, there will be daily bands showcasing the best in pipe band performances. Today’s bands are: 12noon – Toronto Police (Grade 3), Canada 1pm –… 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 »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Tuesday

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

The Piobaireachd of the Day at The NPC Otago Street will see a prize winning performer present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is Roddy MacLeod, performing Lament for the Iolaire. Tickets are £5 adults / £4… Read more »

HNC Music – Q&A Session

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 13:30

The HNC Music – Piping course run by The National Piping Centre is the only course of its kind with bagpipes as the first instrument study. This fantastic 1 year, two semester, course will develop playing and performance skills, history and repertoire, and your music business knowledge amongst other skills. Come along to this talk… Read more »

Indigenous by Scott Wallace – Book Launch

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

Scott Wallace launches ‘Indigenous’, his first collection of contemporary music. Emceed by Bob Worrall, listeners will be treated to a selection of Scott’s tunes performed by a quintet from the 11 time World Champions Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band and 2017 Gold Medallist Ali Henderson accompanied by Drumming World Solo finalist Gareth McLees. Join Scott… Read more »

The 51st (Highland) Division in the Great War – A Talk

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

The 51st (Highland) Division in the Great War, an illustrated talk on the history of an elite Scottish Division, which will interweave pipe tunes commemorating battles, incidents and individuals in the division. Talk will be delivered by Colin Campbell, author of Engine of Destruction. The 51st (Highland) Division in the Great War and co-author of… Read more »

Come and Try Gaelic – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 15:30

Join The National Piping Centre Librarian, and fluent Gaelic speaker James Beaton as he guides you through the basics of the Gaelic language, and how it relates to piping.

Pipe Idol – Heat 2 – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 15:30

Pipe Idol is back for 2018! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

A Flame of Wrath for Squinting Patrick

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 16:00

Fresh as today’s headlines, a contemporary story of murder, treachery and revenge based on a tale from the annals of Highland clan history. In a new Big Music Society collaboration, musicians Calum MacCrimmon, John Mulhearn (Breabach, Tryst, Big Music Society) and storyteller David Francis lay out the story of Skelly Pat, Big Donnie, Devil MacKay… Read more »

Whisky Tasting with The Glenturret

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 17:00

Join John Laurie, the General Manager at Glenturret Distillery as he talks you through the finer points of their famous malts. You will be tasting Glenturret Triple Wood, Glenturret Sherry Cask and Glenturret 10 year old, so book your tickets now!

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, piping from Angus… 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 »

Festival Club – Tuesday

Date & Time: Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 22:30

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2018. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. Tonight we feature: – Brawbeag – Morvan Massif This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a… 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 »

Pipers of the Great War Exhibition – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 10:00

Wherever Scottish troops have fought, the sound of the pipes has been heard, speaking to us of our beloved native land, bringing back to our memories the proud traditions of our race, and stimulating our spirits to fresh efforts in the cause of freedom.” Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, December 6, 1918. This exhibition brings… Read more »

Pipers of the Great War : A Lasting Legacy – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 10:00

Head along to The National Piping Centre Otago Street for this exhibition and musical display, in tribute to the pipers of the Great War. Download a QR scanner onto your mobile device, then you can scan the codes next to each display and hear compositions from some of the pipers who fought, including GS MacLennan,… Read more »

Salute to Our Fathers – WW1 Exhibition – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 10:00

This exhibition comes from the friendship of four families who share having fathers who served in both world wars. All four sons are members of the Cameronians Association and all have attended memorial visits to WWI sites. The drawings are executed as if a diary / sketch book had survived with recollections of people, prose… Read more »

Museum Tours – Wednesday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Street Cafe – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns, bigger and better, to Piping Live! 2018 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. You will find an expanded marquee with more space to enjoy the fantastic music on offer. There is free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

Buchanan Street Pipe Band – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 12:00

This year our flagship pipe band performances will take place in Buchanan Street. With stops at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps, Fiveways at TGI Fridays and in St Enoch Square, there will be daily bands showcasing the best in pipe band performances. Today’s bands are: 12noon – Simon Fraser University, Canada 1pm – Scottish… 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!

Piobaireachd of the Day – Wednesday

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

The Piobaireachd of the Day at The NPC Otago Street will see a prize winning performer present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is Brian Lamond Tickets are £5 adults / £4 concession and are available online

Piping at a Higher Level – RCS Study Opportunities

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 13:30

Join Professor Josh Dickson, Head of Traditional Music at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as he leads a question and answer session about the further study opportunities for piping. This event will take place in the Collinson Room at The National Piping Centre

More Music for Everyone – Michael Grey Book Launch

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 14:30

Join Michael Grey and a controversy of pipers for a celebration launch of his 7th book: More Music for Everyone. The book is his most diverse ever with a huge cross-section of big-talent contributors including, Bernard Bouhadana, Ryan Canning, Duncan Chisholm, Bruce Gandy, Scott Garden, Ann Gray, Nick Hudson, John Lee, Bill Livingstone, Allan MacDonald,… Read more »

Ceol Beag na Pioba agus a’ Ghaidhlig – A Talk

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 14:30

In this exploration of the historical roots of the light music of the Highland bagpipe, James Beaton explores the link between Gaelic song and the modern day bagpipe repertoire.

Come and Try Gaelic – Wednesday

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

Join The National Piping Centre Librarian, and fluent Gaelic speaker James Beaton as he guides you through the basics of the Gaelic language, and how it relates to piping. This event will take place at TNPC Otago Street.

Pipe Idol – Heat 3 – Wednesday

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

Pipe Idol is back for 2018! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

Acoustic Session: Armagh Pipers Club

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 16:00

Hear from the new generation from the Armagh Pipers Club at this Acoustic Sessions at The National Piping Centre Otago Street. Join them as they celebrate their club’s 45th Anniversary year.

Come and Try the Bagpipes at Waxy O’Connors – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 16:00

Drop in to try your hand at the bagpipes in the heart of the city! A Piping Live! piper will take you through the basics of this fantastic instrument in this fantastic family-friendly pub. Its free so drop in to try the pipes!

The CLASP World Solo Piping Championships Results

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 16:45

Join us at the Street Cafe as we present the overall winners for the Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) for the 2017/2018 season, as well as the prizes from the last 3 days of competition across the CLASP grades in the World Solo Piping Championship.

Gin Tasting with Alston Bar and Beef

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 17:00

Learn the history behind the worlds most illicit and yet most eclectic spirit. Sample a variety of gins and learn how best to pair them with selected garnishes and mixers from the Ginoisseurs from Glasgow’s Alston Bar and Beef. Voted Scotland’s both best Gin Bar and best Spirit Bar in 2018. Alston Bar and Beef… Read more »

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 »

Festival Club – Wednesday

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 22:30

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2018. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. Tonight we feature: – Eriska – Mandingma This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the perfect end to a full… Read more »

Thursday 16th August 2018

Pipers of the Great War Exhibition – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 10:00

Wherever Scottish troops have fought, the sound of the pipes has been heard, speaking to us of our beloved native land, bringing back to our memories the proud traditions of our race, and stimulating our spirits to fresh efforts in the cause of freedom.” Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, December 6, 1918. This exhibition brings… Read more »

Pipers of the Great War : A Lasting Legacy – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 10:00

Head along to The National Piping Centre Otago Street for this exhibition and musical display, in tribute to the pipers of the Great War. Download a QR scanner onto your mobile device, then you can scan the codes next to each display and hear compositions from some of the pipers who fought, including GS MacLennan,… Read more »

Salute to Our Fathers – WW1 Exhibition – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 10:00

This exhibition comes from the friendship of four families who share having fathers who served in both world wars. All four sons are members of the Cameronians Association and all have attended memorial visits to WWI sites. The drawings are executed as if a diary / sketch book had survived with recollections of people, prose… Read more »

Museum Tour – Thursday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

Piping Live! Trade Fair

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 11:00

Head along to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to meet pipe makers and reed makers as well as learn more about piping events, publications and more. You can find out more about your instruments with our Trade Fair. Traders confirmed so far are: Wallace Bagpipes Maverick Chanters Highland Reeds & Canmore Bags Lindstruments  Celtic Festival Barbados … Read more »

Street Cafe – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns, bigger and better, to Piping Live! 2018 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. You will find an expanded marquee with more space to enjoy the fantastic music on offer. There is free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

Buchanan Street Pipe Band – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 12:00

This year our flagship pipe band performances will take place in Buchanan Street. With stops at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps, Fiveways at TGI Fridays and in St Enoch Square, there will be daily bands showcasing the best in pipe band performances. Today’s bands are: 12noon – Toronto Fire Pipes and Drums 1pm –… Read more »

Pipe Idol – Heat 4 – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 12:00

Pipe Idol is back for 2018! This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in… Read more »

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 »

Piobaireachd of the Day – Thursday

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

The Piobaireachd of the Day at The NPC Otago Street will see a prize winning performer present a Piobaireachd of their choice, as well as giving a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. Today’s performer is Willie McCallum Tickets are £5 adults / £4 concession and are available online… Read more »

The Piping Times Presents…

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 14:30

Join this extraordinary Q&A where Andrew Wright, Euan Anderson, J.Reid Maxwell and Ian Duncan will talk about heir lives in piping and drumming and more, hosted by Gary West.

Come and Try Gaelic – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 15:00

Join The National Piping Centre Librarian, and fluent Gaelic speaker James Beaton as he guides you through the basics of the Gaelic language, and how it relates to piping. This event will take place at 3pm in the National Piping Centre Library. This is a time change to the printed programme.

A MacCrimmon Collection – Book Launch

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 15:30

          Iain and Calum MacCrimmon in collaboration with The Big Music Society are launching ‘A MacCrimmon Collection’ at Piping Live 2018. The book contains many of Iain and Calum’s new work but also delivers a wide range of tunes from various contemporary composers. The centrepiece of the collection is Iain’s Ceòl… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes at Waxy O’Connor’s – Thursday

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

Drop in to try your hand at the bagpipes in the heart of the city! A Piping Live! piper will take you through the basics of this fantastic instrument in this fantastic family-friendly pub. Its free so drop in to try the pipes!

Acoustic Session: CISAL Pipers

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

This fantastic folk five piece from Emiliana-Romagna in Italy will perform live at this great session.

Whisky Tasting with The Glenturret

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

Join John Laurie, the General Manager at Glenturret Distillery as he talks you through the finer points of their famous malts. You will be tasting Glenturret Triple Wood, Glenturret Sherry Cask and Glenturret 10 year old, so book your tickets now!

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 »

Live Music at Waxy O’Connors – Armagh Pipers Club

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 18:00

Head down to Waxy O’Connor’s in the heart of the city for a fantastic session from this fantastic group of musicians from the Armagh Pipers Club. Hear som great tunes and help them celebrate the 45th anniversary year of their club!

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 »

Festival Club – Thursday

Date & Time: Thursday 16th August 2018 at 22:30

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2018. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. Tonight we feature: – Armagh Pipers Club – Scott Garden and Friends This festival staple at The National Piping Centre is the… Read more »

Friday 17th August 2018

Pipers of the Great War – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 17th August 2018 at 10:00

Wherever Scottish troops have fought, the sound of the pipes has been heard, speaking to us of our beloved native land, bringing back to our memories the proud traditions of our race, and stimulating our spirits to fresh efforts in the cause of freedom.” Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, December 6, 1918. This exhibition brings… Read more »

Salute to Our Fathers- WW1 Exhibition-Friday

Date & Time: Friday 17th August 2018 at 10:00

This exhibition comes from the friendship of four families who share having fathers who served in both world wars. All four sons are members of the Cameronians Association and all have attended memorial visits to WWI sites. The drawings are executed as if a diary / sketch book had survived with recollections of people, prose… Read more »

Museum Tour – Friday 11am & 3pm

Date & Time: Friday 17th August 2018 at 11:00

Discover the treasures, music and history  of the Great Highland Bagpipe with these fascinating tours of the Museum of Piping with Professor Hugh Cheape. These tours will take place at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre Shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins to take your place.

World Pipe Band Championships – Qualifiers

Date & Time: Friday 17th August 2018 at 11:00

The biggest event in any piping fan’s calendar is certainly the annual World Pipe Band Championships, affectionately known as ‘The Worlds’. The event, delivered by Glasgow Life in association with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, has had a long association with Glasgow, and for many years has been bringing top flight international piping competition… Read more »

Street Cafe – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 17th August 2018 at 12:00

The Street Cafe returns, bigger and better, to Piping Live! 2018 in its home outside The National Piping Centre. You will find an expanded marquee with more space to enjoy the fantastic music on offer. There is free music from 12 noon each day. There will be Pipe Idol, emerging artists, sponsor showcases and much… Read more »

Come and Try the Bagpipes – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 17th August 2018 at 12:00

Come along to The National Piping Centre and learn the basics of the Great Highland Bagpipe and have a go at playing them yourself! Tickets are available from The National Piping Centre shop. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to take your place.

The World Pipe Band Championships Beat The Retreat

Date & Time: Friday 17th August 2018 at 12:00

Join Bands as they prepare to play at this year’s World Pipe Band Championships as they parade through Glasgow and officially open the biggest pipe band competition in the world! The parade will start from Blythswood Square at 12noon and parade down West George Street to George Square where they will take a salute from… Read more »

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 17th August 2018 at 14:00

This year our flagship pipe band performances will take place in Buchanan Street. With stops at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps, Fiveways at TGI Fridays and in St Enoch Square, there will be daily bands showcasing the best in pipe band performances. Today’s bands are: 2.00pm – Ryan Russell Memorial Pipe Band, Greater Toronto,… Read more »

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 »

Festival Club – Friday

Date & Time: Friday 17th August 2018 at 22:30

The late-night session is back at Piping Live! 2018. Join us each evening for emerging talent, international artists and some of the festival favourites who will keep you company into the wee hours. Tonight we feature: – Christian Gamauf and Jamie MacDonald and one more artist TBC! This festival staple at The National Piping Centre… Read more »

Saturday 18th August 2018

World Pipe Band Championships 2018

Date & Time: Saturday 18th August 2018 at 9:00

The biggest event in any piping fan’s calendar is certainly the annual World Pipe Band Championships, affectionately known as ‘The Worlds’. The event, delivered by Glasgow Life in association with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, has had a long association with Glasgow, and for many years has been bringing top flight international piping competition… Read more »

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

Glasgow Smallpipers Barbeque

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

The Glasgow Smallpipers host a family-friendly Post-Worlds Barbeque with live music at the Kinning Park Complex on Glasgow’s South side.

Gordon Duncan Memorial Solo Piping Competition

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. This year’s pipers are Kris Koyle, Cameron MacDougall and… Read more »

Thunderstruck – A Play

Date & Time: Sunday 19th August 2018 at 16:00

“9 Notes! What can I do with 9 notes? Let’s see.” Thunderstruck is the true story of Gordon Duncan; one of the greatest bagpipers who ever lived. An interactive, one man theatrical extravaganza that explores the history, strict traditions and culture surrounding bagpipe music and how one man rocked the bagpiping world to its’ core,… Read more »

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, Gary West 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.