November 30, 2001

Piping Centre Receives ?300,000 Grant

The Piping Centre in Glasgow has received a grant of £300,000 from the Ministry of Sport, Arts & Culture at an event that also officially unveiled the centre’s new name as The National Piping Centre.

The National Piping Centre also announced that Roddy MacLeod has been appointed as its first principal. MacLeod has been director of the Piping Centre since its opening in 1998.

“This latest funding assistance comes as welcome recognition for all that the Centre has accomplished since it opened five years ago, thanks to the efforts of its outstanding staff and its hard working board members,” said Brian Ivory, Piping Centre co-founder and chairman of the Centre’s board. “In the last three years, we have attracted students from over 40 countries, run three-day residential workshops for more than 300 school students from all over Scotland and, with the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, developed and launched a ground-breaking BA(Scottish Music – Piping) degree for performance and classroom teaching.”

The National Piping Centre has been a popular, if not financial, success since its beginning, employing some of the highest regarded pipers as instructors, holding world-class recitals and competitions, and housing the Museum of Piping, developed by curator and piper Hugh Cheape of the National Museums of Scotland.


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