RSPBA - North of Scotland Branch


47th Centenary Tune Contest

8th January 2009

The 47th Aberdeen (Culter) Company Boys Brigade celerabtes its Centenary year in 2009. As part of the celerbations, they have launched a contest to write a tune marking he occasion. Please click here to read more.



YMI Trad-arr Update

16th November 2008

The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) . Trad-Arr Partnership has now been running a Piping Pilot in Aberdeenshire Schools since January 2008. Please see the attached PDF for an update on the progress of this exciting development in local schools to promote Pipes and Drums.

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Social Nights

16th October 2008

Looking for a night out on the tiles? Why not support your fellow bandsmen at the same time! Bucksburn & Towie Pipe Bands are holding fundraising social nights in the near future and would love to see everyone along for a night out.

Bucksburn & District are hosting a St Andrews Ceilidh on Friday 21st November at The Forum opposite His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen. Tickets are £10 and include stovies, ceilidh band Cabrach and short performances from the junior and senior bands. Contact their website for more details.

Towie & District are holding their Annual Social Night on Saturday 1st November at the Towie Hall.


NYPB Outreach - Inverurie

5th October 2008

As part of our aim to assist our fellow pipers and drummers in the North East, the National Youth Pipe Band have agreed to come up and host an 'Outreach Training Course' at Inverurie Academy over the weekend of 25th and 26th October 2008.

The course is open to all pipers and drummers aged up to 21 years old and best of all, it's FREE!

It promised to be a great couple of days with top tutors from the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.

There will also be a concert share on the Sunday afternoon at 3pm, where all participants will have the opportunity to take part as well as the superb NYPB.
If you've never seen these lads and lasses before. Take it from me there fab!
There's a concert entrance fee of £5.00 for all parents and public etc.

You'll find a course application attached and I would very much appreciate if details could be included on any relevant web sites.

We'd also be delighted to welcome anyone along for a chit-chat.
Whether you're a band/solo player, tutor, drum major or general enthusiast etc. Come on down for a cuppa and a blether!

Any other information you need, please do get in touch with myself or any of the contacts on the application form.

Hope to see you there for a fun and learning weekend of piping and drumming.

Robert Aitken

t: +44(0)1224 321210
m: +44(0)7801 973096


AIYF Splore Piping Class

21st May 2008

The Splore, Aberdeen International Youth Festival's Scottish Traditional Music School, is being revived this year and includes a two day specialist piping workshop aimed at 12 - 16 year olds.

Please see the attached flyer for more details and application form.

We have actual hard copies of the flyer if you need, so please reply with your address.

The workshop is aimed at those just started playing the pipes and whom can play a few tunes.
It would be unsuitable for absolute beginners or those without bagpipes.

If any of you have learners, know of other tutors/bands whom may have or connections to local organisations that would be interested, please do spread the word.

The course will run on 31st July and 1st August at Kings College, Aberdeen and is offered at a terrific reduced rate of only £10.00 per day with lunch included. What more can I say!

It promises to be a great couple of days for those just starting their piping journey in the North East.

Kind regards,
Robert Aitken
Joint Project Manager and Senior Tutor
Aberdeenshire YMI Piping Pilot

t: +44(0)1224 321210
m: +44(0)7801 973096

Splore 08 Flyer

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