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Isle of Skye Piping School

Dates: 30/07/18 - 03/08/18
Price: £260 (£180 for students)
Tutor: Decker Forrest, Angus Nicolson and friends
Eiligible for ILA funding: No

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Dr Decker Forrest


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**Unfortunately this course has been cancelled.  Please contact us for further information.**

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig are delighted to have the Isle of Skye Piping School in their Short Course Programme for 2018.

The Isle of Skye Piping School was created by well-known piper and scholar Dr Decker Forrest. The School aims to provide students with first-rate practical tuition from leading pipers in the cultural and historical ‘home’ of piping on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Based at the stunning campus of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Piping School capitalises on its extraordinary geographical setting by offering annual ‘themes’ based on Skye’s rich piping history which interconnect the taught repertoire, evening lecture and mid-week tour to provide a stimulating, one-off experience which is unlike any other piping school anywhere in the world.

The theme for the 2018 school will be ‘Dòmhnall MacDhòmhnaill – Ceòl is Dìleab: Donald MacDonald – Music and Legacy’ and will include a tour to related sites in Skye’s beautiful north-end.

The Piping School is based on regular group teaching at two levels which use theme-based repertoire as a basis for developing core piping skills, including:

  • Finger Technique
  • Musicality
  • Performance skills and sound production
  • Maintenance strategies

The exact aims of these classes will, to an extent, be tailored to the needs of the students in each class.  There will be daily ‘highlight’ activities which round-off the unique learning experience of the School and include a lecture, a trip to a traditional Island pub, a public recital featuring a leading piper and a tour connected with the annual theme allowing students to see more of the Island whilst connecting music and piping history with geography and living culture. The final evening features piping from staff and students in an informal ceilidh/pub setting at the College.

The Piping School is aimed at pipers of different levels of ability although all should be able to play a range of ceòl beag and have, at least, a basic understanding of ceòl mòr and its rudimentary technique.


Staff for the 2018 School currently include

  • Angus Nicholson
  • Dr Decker Forrest