Workshops

CLASP Workshop Weekend – 6th & 7th October 2017

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Please note that this event has passed and no registrations will be accepted at this time. Please stay tuned for upcoming workshops.

Aims of the workshop weekend are:

  • To create a relaxed learning environment for adult amateur pipers
  • Introduce/refine new Piobaireachd set tunes
  • Masterclass on Light Music
  • Improve Tuning
  • Improve Technique
  • Performance Presentation and Preparation
  • Introduce other interesting and relevant topics

With the introduction of the new set tune lists in August 2017, with a view to competing with them in October 2018, we will be covering the new lists.

List 1

  1. The Kings Taxes
  2. MacLeod’s Salute
  3. Lament for Donald of Laggan
  4. Lament for Kinlochmoidart No. 1
  5. Isabel MacKay
  6. Lament for The Iolaire

List 2

  1. Company’s Lament
  2. The Little Spree
  3. Cabar Feidh Gu Brath
  4. Catherine’s Lament
  5. Lament for Alisdair Dearg MacDonnell of Glengarry
  6. Chisholm’s Salute

Grade 1 competitors should select two tunes from List 1 and one of their own choice.
Grade 2 graded players should pick one tune from list 1 and one tune from List 2.
Grade 3 graded players should pick one tune from list 2.

Workshop teachers: Roddy MacLeod MBE, John Mulhearn, Angus J MacColl, Margaret Dunn, Murray Henderson & Wilson Brown.

Workshop Description

Set Tune Workshops
The workshops will be split into List 1 and List 2. Pipers graded 1 for Piobaireachd should attend the workshops which cover List 1 tunes. Grade 3 Piobaireachd players should attend the workshops which cover List 2 tunes.
Grade 2 Piobaireachd players must select which Set Tune workshops to attend as both lists are relevant to them. It will not be possible for them to attend all so it is recommended that they pre select their desired tunes to cover.
Each workshop will cover two full Piobaireachds. Students are welcome to use recording devises for their own personal usage.

‘Be Prepared’ Talk by Murray Henderson
Murray is one of the world's most successful solo pipers, with a career spanning five decades. He has won the Gold Medal at both Oban and Inverness and is a 4 time winner of the premier piping event – The Glenfiddich Piping Championship.
Murray will give a complete guide to getting ready for a solo piping competition, with practical tips to build solid performing foundations.

Physiotherapist
Pipers physical well-being is something that is often over looked. James Thomson, a very accomplished piper himself, and a qualified physiotherapist will hold a workshop session where he will deal with the benefits of understanding human movement and posture, an overview of pain, basic anatomy for pipers, practical element - self screening and intervention, principles of the self screen, Strength and conditioning. There will be some handouts including cue cards for posture. Two resistance bands per piper for suggested exercises and a self screen checklist.

Tuning workshop
Pipers will be placed into small groups for this workshop. The instructor will work individually with each player in the group on any tuning issues the student may have. The session will focus on drone tuning and chanter tuning.

Masterclass in 2/4 March/Strathspey and Reel playing
This workshop will be delivered by Angus J MacColl, a multiple winner of premier Light Music events, this will be one not to miss!

Performance Assessment
This session will give each student an opportunity to prepare and perform in front of an instructor. Each student will get a time slot and will be stewarded to the instructor, just like in a competition setting. We would ask each student to prepare a piece of music to perform, such as a Piobaireachd or March, Strathspey and Reel. Once the student has tuned up and performed, they will then receive some private feedback from the instructor on their performance, tuning, presentation, music expression, technique and any other relevant feedback. The length of the performance assessment will be 40 minutes per student.

Workshop Timetable

Friday 6th October 2017
8.45am – 9.15 – Tea/Coffee – Introduction in the Auditorium
9.15 – 11.15 – Cover 2 set tunes from List 1 (Grade 1 and Grade 2 players should attend)
9.15 – 11.15 – Cover 2 Set Tunes from List 2 (Grade 2 and Grade 3)
11.15 – 11.30 – Tea/Coffee Break
11.30 – 1pm –Tuning workshop with Grade 3 Piobaireachd Players
11.30 – 1pm –Tuning Workshop with Grade 2 Piobaireachd Players
11.30 – 1pm – Tuning Workshop for Grade 1 Piobaireachd Players
1pm – 1.45 – Lunch
1.45 – 3.30pm – Cover 2 Set Tunes from list 1 for Grade 1 and Grade 2 Piobaireachd Players
1.45 – 3.30pm - Cover 2 Set Tunes from List 2 for Grade 3 and Grade 2 Piobaireachd Players
3.30 – 3.45 - Tea/Coffee Break
3.45 – 5.30pm – ‘Be Prepared’ by Murray Henderson
Friday at 7.30 in NPC Auditorium – Concert by Angus McColl (Senior) and Angus McColl (Junior).

Saturday 7th October 2017
9am – 10.30 – Cover 2 Set Tunes from List 2 (Grade 2 & Grade 3 Piobaireachd players should attend)
9am - 10.30am – Masterclass in 2/4 March/Strathspey and Reel playing
10.30 - 10.45 am – Tea/Coffee Break
10.45am - 12.15 – Cover Set Tunes from List 1 (Grade 1 and Grade 2)
10.45am – 12.15 – Masterclass in 2/4 March/Strathspey and Reel playing
12.15 – 1pm – Lunch
1pm – 3.45pm – Performance assessment for all students – 40 minutes per student
2.45 - 3.45 – Tea/coffee will be available
3.45 – 5pm – Workshop for all – ‘Pipers Physical Well-Being’ by James Thomson

Tryst Session TBC

Workshop Tunes and Teachers

Friday
9.15 - 11.15 – Piobaireachd Set Tunes (List 1) – Roddy MacLeod – ‘Isabel MacKay’ and ‘Lament for The Iolaire’
9.15 - 11.15 - Piobaireachd Set Tunes (List 2) – Murray Henderson – ‘Chisholm’s Salute’ and ‘Lament for Alisdair Dearg MacDonnell of Glengarry’
11.30 – 1pm - Tuning – Roddy MacLeod, Murray Henderson & Wilson Brown
1.45 – 3.30 - Piobaireachd Set Tunes (List 1) – Murray Henderson – ‘Lament for Donald of Laggan’ and ‘MacLeod’s Salute’
1.45 – 3.30 - Piobaireachd Set Tunes (List 2) – Roddy MacLeod – ‘Catherine’s Lament’ and ‘Caber Feidh Gu Brath’
3.45 – 5.30 – Talk by Murray Henderson – ‘Be Prepared’

Saturday
9am- 10.30am - Masterclass in 2/4 March/Strathspey and Reel playing – Angus J MacColl
9.00am - 9.45am - Piobaireachd Set Tunes (List 2) – Margaret Dunn - ‘The Little Spree’
9.45 – 10.30 - Piobaireachd Set Tunes (List 2) - John Mulhearn - ‘Companies Lament’
10.45 – 12.15 - Piobaireachd Set Tunes (List 1) – John Mulhearn - ‘The Kings Taxes’ and Wilson Brown - ‘Lament for Kinlochmoidart No. 1’
10.45am – 12.15 - Masterclass in 2/4 March/Strathspey and Reel playing – Angus J MacColl
1pm - 3.45 - Performance assessment – Angus McColl, John Mulhearn, Wilson Brown and Margaret Dunn
3.45 – 5pm –‘Pipers Physical Well-Being’ by James Thomson

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