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Under 18’s Piping & Drumming

START: 04 July 2016
END: 08 July 2016
COST: £110

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 accomplised 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, Skipinnish and the Angus Nicolson Trio. 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.





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