CLASP Workshop 2023 - Friday & Saturday 6th & 7th October 2023

Click on the link to book your place:  Registration is now CLOSED

Instructors confirmed to date -  Wilson Brown, Margaret Houlihan, Willie McCallum, John Mulhearn.
Guest Speaker - Bruce Gandy

This year, The CLASP  workshop weekend will take place both in-person and remotely using a Zoom platform.  The workshop will run over two days, Friday and Saturday (6th & 7th October).  The in-person workshop will start at 9am in The National Piping Centre, McPhater Street, Glasgow and the Zoom online platform will take place from approximately 2.30pm/3pm (UK time). The workshop is open to adult amateur solo pipers worldwide and workshop participants are not required to be a CLASP member. This workshop series is specially tailored for competition amateur solo pipers and each day of the workshop will offer one individual lesson, group tuition covering the New 2025 Piobaireachd Set tunes, Light Music playing  and a general focus on improving the key aspects of solo competition performance. For pipers who do not play Piobaireachd, an introduction to Piobaireachd will be offered in place of some of the Piobaireachd group sessions.  Please note that this workshop weekend is for adult pipers only. (18 years +)

Course Content: Each day students will receive approximately 6 hours of teacher contact time.
Here is what students can expect each day:

  • 1 x  45 minute individual lesson
  • 3 x  Piobaireachd Group Sessions covering all twelve 2025 Set Tune list
  • 1 x  Talk
  •  Group Workshop - Technique Class

Individual Lesson - Students will be offered one 45 minute session on both Friday and Saturday. This is a one to one private lesson where the student can cover anything of their choice. Pre-recorded performances (You Tube unlisted link) can be shared with the instructor also if the student wishes. This can be a good opportunity for the instructor to hear the student clearly on the pipes and is very useful in a remote setting.

Aims of the CLASP workshop weekend are:

  • To create a relaxed learning environment for adult amateur pipers and enthusiastic pipers with an interest in competition solo piping
  • Introduce new music (both for Light Music and Piobaireachd)
  • Refine existing material
  • Deliver Masterclasses on Light Music
  • Improve Tuning
  • Improve Technique
  • Focus on Performance Presentation and Preparation
  • Introduce other interesting and relevant topics