In 1953 The College of Piping ran a School at Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland.
55 years on, The College has now joined forces with The Ross and Cromarty Pipes and Drums School to run what we hope to be an annual Piping and Drumming School at the Castle.
The School will take place next Easter between March 23 and March 29, 2008. It will offer intensive instruction by world leading pipers and drummers from The College and will also offer the opportunity for participants to achieve certification through The Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.
The School is open to all ages and to pipers and drummers of all levels of skill from beginners to competition players, from solo players to band members. Each student will be placed in a class of 8 to 10 students within their level of experience and skill.
Optional classes are planned to be offered in such as piobaireachd, reedmaking, pipe band techniques, and bagpipe and drum maintenance. Nightly lectures and recitals are offered by the instructors demonstrating prize-winning piping and drumming. There will also be presentations on some interesting history about bagpipes and drums and piping and drumming.
Formal Registration for the School will be on the afternoon of Sunday, March 23 and the course will then commence the next day until Friday, March 28. On the Friday evening there will be a Piping and Drumming Concert in the Great Upper Gallery of the castle and the course will then finish at lunchtime on Saturday, March 29 after the presentation of certificates to participants.
The Tuition Fee plus Bed and Breakfast at the castle will be £325.00 for adults with a £25.00 reduction for juniors for a great week of piping and drumming with some of the world’s best piping and drumming instructors, together with the opportunity to gain PDQB qualifications.
Bookings have already been taken for the course even before the official launch of the website and this information is being passed on to all North of Scotland Members so that they can have the chance of registering for the course before it is promoted to the world through "The Piping Times" and the College of Piping Website. So if you want to secure places for your Band Members then don't delay.
The Easter School, 2008 has its own dedicated website at The College at Carbisdale
If you have trouble accessing the website through this hyperlink then please use www.thehighlandpipesanddrumsschool.com
For anyone without access to the web then please contact Paul Turner, Business Manager of The Ross and Cromarty Pipes & Drums School, who are handling the Registrations on behalf of The College of Piping. Paul can be contacted on 0780 339 8426.