CLASP Membership update – April 2020

The National Piping Centre is closed until further notice and therefore CLASP memberships will not be taken at this time.
We would ask current members to continue to visit the CLASP website for any changes to future competition dates and any new information updates.

CLASP has decided to suspend the upcoming Army School of Piping Competition, scheduled for June 6th 2020, until a later date in the year when it is safe to do so.

Take care everyone and stay safe!

CLASP Remote Competition Results- 28th March

Congratulations to everyone who took part yesterday in CLASP's first remote competition!  A big thank you again to Wilson, Dan and Alastair who spent today judging the audio files and typing up crit sheets, which I hope you can take away some good feedback from.  Take care everyone and
here are the results:

Full Results and Overall Winners of each grade: 

Grade 3 - Piobaireachd Ground
1st John Hunt
2nd Joe Moore
3rd Sven Vollberg

Grade 3 Full Piobaireachd 
1st John Hunt
2nd Sven Vollberg
3rd Stephen McCusker
4th Philip Duthie
5th Joe Moore
6th Cameron O'Neill

Grade 2 - Piobaireachd
1st Giovanni Giulianini
2nd Evan Wraga
3rd Ben Hall
4th Bill Copland
5th Dagmar Pesta
6th Dugald MacLeod

Grade 1 - Piobaireachd
1st Robert Wilson
2nd David MacKenzie
3rd Stuart Robinson
4th Stewart Allan
5th Con Houlihan
6th Aaron Malcomb

Grade 3 - Light Music Events:
2/4 March
1st Cameron O' Neill
2nd Sven Vollberg
3rd Hector Thomson
4th Mark MacRae
5th Leslie Barrett
6th Neil Scotland

Strathspey & Reel
1st Cameron O' Neill
2nd Sven Vollberg
3rd Mark MacRae
4th Leslie Barrett
5th Neil Scotland
6th Hector Thomson

6/8 March
1st Cameron O' Neill
2nd Mark MacRae
3rd Sven Vollberg
4th Neil Scotland
5th Leslie Barrett
6th Hector Thomson

Grade 2 - Light Music Events:
2/4 March
1st Giovanni Giulianini
2nd David Livingstone
3rd Ben Hall
4th Tom Broderick
5th Bill Copland
6th James Carnegie

Strathspay & Reel
1st Giovanni Giulianini
2nd David Livingstone
3rd Ben Hall
4th Bill Copland
5th James Carnegie
6th Dagmar Pesta

6/8 March 
1st Giovanni Giulianini
2nd David Livingstone
3rd Bill Copland
4th James Carnegie
5th Ben Hall
6th Dagmar Pesta

Grade 1 - Light Music Events:
2/4 March
1st Neil Henderson
2nd Robert Wilson
3rd William Wardrope
4th Con Houlihan
5th Stewart Allan
6th James Waugh

Strathspey & Reel
1st William Wardrope
2nd Neil Henderson
3rd James Thomas Murray
4th Con Houlihan
5th Janette Greenwood
6th David MacKenzie

6/8 March
1st Neil Henderson
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd James Thomas Murray
4th William Wardrope
5th Robert Wilson
6th Aaron Malcomb

Overall Winners:
Grade 3 - Sven Vollberg (Piobaireachd Preference)
Grade 2- Giovanni Giulianini
Grade 1 - Con Houlihan


Points outlined at start of live video call- 28th March 2020

The following points will be outlined to each competitor when live video connection is made:
* If using your smart phone as audio recording devise- please place it on flight mode.
* Competitors can tune before performance / or between Light Music events, but we ask that competitors keep tuning to a minimum.
* Please do not stop your audio recording prior to completing all performance events. Eg. do not stop recording between your March and your Strathspey and Reel Or 6/8 March.  However, you can retune/ have a drink of water between Light Music events - just don’t stop the recording.
* If the live video link disconnects after CLASP admin has made the introduction at start of audio recording- keep going- it does not matter if any disconnection happens after the introduction has happened at the start of the audio recording.
* Competitors should send Audio recordings, on same day, to the following 3 people:,,


Judges and Competition Information- 28th March 2020

The judges for Saturday are:
Wilson Brown (Piobaireachd- Grade 1 and grade 2)
Alastair Dunn (Piobaireachd Grade 3)
Dan Nevans (All Light music Grades)
Live video connections will be made by the following people for the following grades/events:
Grade 1 and 2 Piobaireachd competitors will be contacted by Wilson Brown (Skype name-
Grade 3 Piobaireachd competitors will be contacted by Margaret Dunn (Skype name - margaretnpc1)
Grade 3 and Grade 1 Light Music competitors will be contacted by Dan Nevans (Skype name -
Grade 2 Light Music Competitors will be contacted by Margaret Dunn  (Skype name - margaretnpc1)

If you are using Skype, as your mode of live video connection, please check prior to the competition day that you have been added by the person (listed above) connecting with you or we will be unable to connect with you on the day.

All audio recording should be sent to,,
Good luck to all competing!

Inveraray Highland Games Cancelled for 2020

Unfortunately we have received news today that Inveraray Highland Games will also be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Anyone who has entered the games will be contacted soon by CLASP admin.

Highland Games Cancellations due to COVID-19

CLASP has been informed that Balloch, Rosneath and Luss Highland Games have all been cancelled for 2020. CLASP admin will be in touch with any members who have entered these events and entries will be closed for these events now.

Update on NPC CLASP Competition–28th March 2020-due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NPC recently contacted all current CLASP members to gauge the feeling of an alternative format, which would allow the competition to run on the same day, but remotely using technology.  This will stop gatherings of people and help to keep our members safe, but in this technically advanced world we live in, we believe that things can be kept going. If we knew that this would be the only affected competition this year, I think the option to cancel would be an easier one, but the current situation may go on longer and we do face unknown times.

The idea has been well received so far by members and we can now confirm that the NPC will start preparing to run the competition remotely.  Having listened to members views, the NPC has made a few tweaks to the initial idea and after much thought, here is what we believe will work best and minimise technical issues on the day and give the judges undisturbed audio files to best judge each performance. The National Piping Centre will facilitate competitors where we can with time zone differences, a space to use to make the video call if required (but only a small number) and if it is safe to do so at that time.

For the remote competition, competitors would need the following:

  1. Internet and suitable device to make a live video call to CLASP admin
  2. Smartphone or recording device to record the audio of the live video call performance with the capacity to email performance on same day to CLASP admin. (Same idea as used for CLASP grading purposes currently).
  3. If competitors choose to use Skype, please download Skype (free download) onto your PC/Laptop and make sure that the webcam and mic are working- the webcam and mic tend to be inbuilt in most devices nowadays. We can test that this works before the competition if anyone has not used Skype before.

The competition would work as follows:
The rules for a remote competition will be as follows to allow a level playing field for all taking part:
- All performances will be captured live via video link. CLASP admin staff will make live video contact with each competitor (at their allocated time for Piobaireachd and their allocated time for Light Music) using Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime etc..
- At this time we also ask that each competitor take an audio recording of their live video performance on their smartphone/recording device at the same time as their live video call performance and competitors can then email the audio file using MP3/dropbox/wetransfer to CLASP admin after the live video call has ended.
-Competitors will be asked by CLASP admin to turn on their recording device and admin staff will announce the event and competitor number so every recording will start with this introduction. It will be the audio file taken at this time that will be used by the judges to decide the results and therefore we stress the importance of having devices fully charged and tested prior to the event. A helper could be more relaxing for competitors on the day!
- Tune submissions (Both Light Music and Piobaireachd) should be emailed to the CLASP admin team no later than Friday 20th March and each competitor will be emailed their tune selection the day prior to the competition (Friday 27th March).

Saturday 28th March will be used as the competition day where Finlay Johnston (TBC) and Margaret Dunn will collect the live audio recordings from competitors. The audio recordings will then be sent to the judges on Saturday 28th March and the Judges will spend Sunday (29th March) judging and writing Crit sheets for each performance and results will be announced on Sunday afternoon/evening via the CLASP website. Crit sheets will be emailed to competitors after results are issued.

The use of the audio files will take any technical problems out of the equation, this is how all CLASP grading recordings are currently done.

Entries for the CLASP competition will now be open until Friday 20th March and the draw will be emailed to competitors over the weekend (not published online until after the results have been announced on Sunday). To enter the competition or to become a CLASP member please visit or if you have any questions please email both and





Coronavirus (COVID-19) – a statement from The National Piping Centre

The National Pipng Centre has released this statement today regarding the Coroniavirus (COVID-19):

“In response to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, The National Piping Centre (TNPC) is aware that this is a global crisis and with situations changing daily. Currently, we at TNPC are taking our responsibilities to students and visitors very seriously, trying to ensure the least amount of disruption to staff, studies and visits here whilst putting health and safety first.

“The National Piping Centre is currently operating as usual, with lessons still as planned and shop, restaurant and hotel open for business. We are keenly monitoring Government Guidelines on this.

“We would ask all students and customers to be aware and be sensitive to their personal behaviour as Scotland is at a stage where personal health behaviour is an essential tool in the containment of the virus. These following actions are important:

  • Washing your hands often – with soap and water.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • If you are worried about symptoms please call your GP or NHS Helpline 0800 028 2816.  Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment – phone instead.
  • We strongly encourage a social distancing for all greetings – ie no handshakes, hugs.

“Specifically for pipers we would also add:

  • Please keep to your own instrument, do not share pipes or chanters and be aware of how you are treating reeds etc.
  • The Bagpipe Shop will not allow you to try reeds before purchase for the time being.
  • If you are maintaining your pipes, please ensure that all tissues, materials used are disposed of within our building.

“The National Piping Centre is committed to your health, and as such has plentiful soap and water in all public bathrooms, as well as hand-sanitiser through out the building for public use. We are aware that this is a moving and rapidly changing situation and The National Piping Centre team will continue to be led by Government and NHS advice.