All-abilities/ages summer school hits Edinburgh in July

Published: May 22, 2013
(Page 1 of 1)

Edinburgh pipers and drummers  – of any age or ability – can finally get organized, quality instruction in a three-day workshop designed to counter recent budget cuts by the City of Edinburgh Council that reduced funding for Youth Music Initiative piping projects to virtually zero. Amazingly, such a summer school has never happened in Scotland’s capital city.

Greig Canning, David Henderson and David Ross have come together to create the Edinburgh Piping and Drumming Summer School July 10-12 at Drummond Community High School in central Edinburgh, covering piping, and all aspects of pipe band drumming. Henderson and Ross  run D2 Percussion and Canning manages Castle Bagpipes. Canning is the Pipe-Major of the Grade 1 Kilts & More-Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band.

“The [Edinburgh] Council have encouraged tutors to hold summer schools and private tuition sessions and this prompted  to put together a plan to create a three-day summer school open to students of all levels within the city of Edinburgh,” Canning said. “This new event gives children and adults of various abilities the chance to come together in small groups of people of relative age and ability and learn with their peers . . . with lots of activities and workshops planned.”  

Canning added that he believes the summer school is the first based in Edinburgh that isn’t restricted to pupils form a certain school or area, open to children and adults of all levels and abilities.

He went on to say, “The only summer schools that currently ever run in Edinburgh are all closed to adults and state school kids and are in fact run by private schools for their own private school pupils. We don’t see anything wrong with this, just that no one so far has done anything to help the wider audience who may not have as many opportunities to take part in such a project.”  

While piping and drumming summer schools, workshops and clinics have been common in North America since the 1960s, they are a relative rarity in Scotland. Piping is taught widely in the school systems and at established institutions like the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0

GET THE MOBILE APP!
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
May 26, 1841Angus MacKay marries Mary Russell, Edinburgh.
TOP STORIES
Articles from the last three months with the highest overall ratings by readers.
  1. “Pipers Meeting” makes oldest tunes new again
  2. The 1987 Iain McLeod p|d Interview
MOST RECENT POST
  • What judges want
    Tue, 18 Apr 2017
    Sitting adjudicating an amateur solo piping competition the other day, I got to thinking again about the competitors, so many of them so anxious and apprehensive. Playing before a judge who’s going to judge your music is a weird t …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS June 9, 2017Georgetown Highland GamesGeorgetown Fairgrounds

June 10, 2017UK Pipe Band ChampionshipsBelfast

June 15, 2017Cobourg Highland Games & FestivalVictoria Park, Cobourg

June 16, 2017Chicago Highland Games

June 17, 2017The National Piping Centre Virginia Piping & Drumming School 2017Shenandoah University, Winchester VA

TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: Play the note with a doubling on it a little longer in order to accent it – not much, but be sure you do not skip over that note.
Ian Whitelaw, Redondo Beach, California