CLASP Workshop Weekend – 5th & 6th October 2018


Aims of the workshop weekend are:

  • To create a relaxed learning environment for adult amateur pipers and enthusiastic pipers with an interest in competition solo piping
  • 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, these workshops will work on refining the set tunes which attendants will have selected to compete with. Grade 1 Piobaireachd players may have alternative tunes, which they can list on the booking form.

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

Workshop Description

Workshop Instructors: Roddy MacLeod MBE, John Mulhearn, Murray Henderson, Finlay Johnston, Margaret Dunn and Wilson Brown.

Set Tune Workshops on Chanters 
The workshops will be split into smaller groups and pipers will be grouped together based on the tune they would like to cover. Please indicate on the booking form which tune you wish to cover in these workshops, with one running on both Friday and Saturday.  Students are welcome to use recording devises for their own personal usage.

'Musical Memory' Workshop by Andy Thorburn
"Think of all the songs in the world, and all the tunes. Now think of the ones that you know: Happy Birthday, Old Macdonald Had a Farm, Flower o’ Scotland, Auld Lang Syne. How do we remember these familiar tunes? What makes them different from the millions of other tunes that we don’t remember? By pinpointing certain markers we can make sure we have the clearest possible memory of a tune. "
Click here for Andy's full Biog.

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 piper may have. The session will focus on drone tuning and chanter tuning.

Technique Talk - 'The Usual Suspects'
This talk/workshop will be delivered by Margaret Dunn.  The workshop will focus on selected movements and passages from both Light Music and Piobaireachd. Many technical problems, or untidy passages, require a subtle tweak and, with practice, can make a significant difference in the presentation of a piece.
Students are encouraged to bring along any passages, or email prior to the course highlighting technique they are having trouble with.

The 'Do's and Don'ts' - Talk by Murray Henderson.
The 24 hour lead up to a competition is vitally important to the competing piper. Murray will cover the do’s and don’ts and advise on how to be best prepared when it comes to the performance day.

Piobaireachd on the pipes
Pipers will be grouped into smaller groups and will be asked to tune up and perform a full Piobaireachd of choice for the instructor, on the pipes.

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.

There will be a lunch package option on the booking form for those attending the course. Lunch will be provided in the Tryst each day at the scheduled lunch time and a table will be set aside for anyone who selects this option. Lunch will consist of Soup and a Sandwich plus a drink (Soft drink or Tea/Coffee) and will be priced at £7.95 per person. Please note you can add a friend/husband/wife etc to the lunch offer by selecting the number of people requiring lunch on the booking form.
There are other food outlets within walking distance of the National Piping Centre, if pipers prefer to arrange their own lunch.  Any dietary requirements should be advised prior to the course commencing.

Workshop Timetable

Friday 5th October 2018
8.45am – 9.00 – Tea/Coffee – Welcome in the Auditorium
9.00 – 10.30 – Small Piobaireachd Groups on practice chanter
10.30-10.45 – Tea/Coffee Break
10.45 – 12.45 pm –Piobaireachd on pipes in small groups
1pm –2.00 - Lunch in Tryst
2.00 – 3.30pm – Small group tuning class
3.30 – 3.45 - Tea/Coffee Break
3.45 – 4.45  – 'The Do's and Don'ts' - Talk by Murray Henderson

8pm - 10.30pm - Session in the Tryst. All pipers are welcome to bring their pipes long for a tune. (Bagpipes can be played from 9pm)

Saturday 6th October 2018
8.30 –9.00 Tea/Coffee available in Tryst and meeting point for pipers joining the workshop on Saturday
9.00 – 10.30 – Small Groups on practice chanter
10.30 - 10.45 am – Tea/Coffee Break
10.45am - 1.25 – Performance Assessments
1.30 – 2.30 pm – Lunch
2.30- 3.30 – Technique Talk
3.30 - 3.45 – Tea/coffee Break
3.45 – 5pm – Workshop for all – ‘Musical Memory’ by Andy Thorburn


Terms and Conditions

“Schools and Courses” refers to any courses organised by The National Piping Centre including evening classes, seasonal schools, intensive courses and workshops.

Full payment must be made on confirmation of the booking 25% of which is non refundable.

Cancellation Policy:

Schools and Courses held in the UK: 14 days’ notice or less – no refund will be given.

Bank charges will be incurred if paying for an international school or course by cheque in any other currency than pounds sterling, this must be taken into account when writing out the amount. In addition the exchange rate will be set by the bank therefore if an over payment is made a refund will be given, or if the fee is underpaid a further charge will be made to ensure payment in full of the course fee.

The National Piping Centre reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a course being cancelled, The National Piping Centre will refund students fees. Consideration will be given to reimbursement of additional expenses incurred by students. Students are advised to purchase refundable travel tickets.

The National Piping Centre reserves the right to make changes to the advertised instruction team.