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College of Piping, 16-24 Otago Street, Glasgow G12 8JH, Scotland, UK
The National Piping Centre 30-34 McPhater St, Glasgow G4 0HW
+44 141 342 5256
Performer’s Certificates: • Piping Ability. • Pipe Band Drumming. • Piobaireachd. • Teacher of Piping. • Pipe Major.
The National Piping Centre, incorporating The College of Piping was founded in 2020 from the merger of two existing piping institutions, the College of Piping and the National Piping Centre. Both institutions had previously distributed their own teaching materials and organised teaching programs and examination systems for pipes and drums. Both had significant collections of historical material - historical instruments, recordings of different styles of piping, photographs and other memorabilia, housed in their museums as well as libraries dedicated to piping and drumming. Items for sale were available from both institutions and maintenance repair of instruments was offered. The former College of Piping had issued a monthly journal 'Piping Times' and with the merger this was expected to continue for the present. The National Piping Centre had recently issued a well received Tutor for Piobaireachd. In the early 2020s the decision was made to officially merge the College with the existing National Piping Centre and to adopt the new title of 'National Piping Centre, incorporating the College of Piping, Glasgow'. The new institution plans to continue to offer a full range of educational activities and qualifications, to act as a home to The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and to host the world’s biggest celebration of piping, 'Piping Live!', the Glasgow International Piping Festival. It is to be expected that the current systems of examinations will be amalgamated and offered as a single entity.