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Under 18's Piping & Drumming Course

Dates: 02/07/18 - 06/07/18
Price: £125 (£125 for students)
Tutor: Iain MacFadyn (Piping) & Andrew MacPherson (Drumming)
Eiligible for ILA funding: No

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A piping and drumming course of this type has long been associated with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig with many of today’s top young players having attended these courses at the College.  In recent years, this course has been directed under the skilful guidance of world renowned piper and Judge Iain MacFadyen and Skye piper and accomplished drummer, Andrew MacPherson.

The aim of the course is to develop piping and drumming skills for any student under 18 who has a reasonable grasp of playing tunes on the practice chanter but preferably has been playing for a while on the pipes too. Students are encouraged to take part in both the piping and drumming classes with the aim of improving their timing and rhythm and the course is split between the two classes.

On the course, students are taught “light music” being the recognised competition Marches, Strathspeys and Reels, together with hornpipes, Gaelic airs and jigs. They are also taught “Ceòl Mòr” (or the great music) being the techniques and tunes found in the classical pìobaireachd style.

Iain MacFadyen hails from a famous piping family with strong Hebridean connections.  In their piping careers, both he and his brothers won the world of piping’s top prizes and accolades. He is therefore steeped in the traditions and knowledge of traditional piping having himself been taught by some of the best pipers that were around at the time.  As such, we are extremely pleased and privileged to be able to offer this course with the opportunity of instruction from Iain.

Andrew MacPherson is a professional musician who has played with award winning bands such as Deoch ‘n Dorus, the Angus Nicolson Trio, The Urban Teuchters and Niteworks. As a multi instrumentalist used to playing in the studio or in front of a live audience, he has also played in many sessions, dance bands and pipe bands alike. He therefore has valuable experience of piping and drumming for performance and is able to offer the student his knowledge of these varying styles.  Andrew is a graduate of the BA Scottish traditional music course of the formerly known RSAMD and now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Andrew also teaches in many of Scotland’s Fèisean and schools where he works with children of all ages and abilities.


Please note: The College has a ‘Duty of Care’ to all of its students but also has additional responsibilities with regard to young students under 18 years who are coming into an adult environment on campus. 

  • If the young person is between 12 and 17 years of age, you or another parent or carer must accompany him or her to the College and be responsible for him/her before and at the end of each day’s classes.
  • Any person aged under 18 years staying overnight on college premises (including campers) MUST be accompanied by an adult who will also be on site overnight.

To book, please click on the 'Book Now!' button and if you have any issues please directly email Martin MacLure, Short Courses Manager, to reserve a space on the course.