Registered Charity No. XT38066

nireland college of piping

City East Business Centre, 68-72 Newtownards Rd, Belfast, BT4 1GW   |  Telephone: 028 90941659

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EST. 1980

An announcement from our Director Mr Mark Armstrong

I have great pleasure announcing that enrolment for the new term will take place on Saturday 22 September 2012, at 10.00  Laurelhill Community College, Lisburn and Portora Royal School, Enniskillen.


Contact details for both centres are:

Sharon Noade Lisburn Centre Coordinator 07745169327 Email:

Cecil Jones  Enniskillen Centre Coordinator 07533979404  Email:


Open Evenings will be held on Wednesday 19 September 2012 at 7.30 p.m. in both centres. Please note the change in venue for the classes in Enniskillen


Our teaching programme will include Practical Piping and Drumming, Theory of Music, Bass & Tenor Drumming, Highland Dancing and classes for Drum-majors. Returning students will normally continue from whatever standard they had already attained and new students will be assessed and placed in the grade (theory and practical) appropriate to their current level of competence in each.


We are very grateful to the Arts Council for their funding and support for our 2012-13 school enabling us to keep our course fees at the same level as in previous years.


During the year a special programme covering piobaireachd at all levels, from beginners to advanced players, introduction to small pipes and percussion skills in Kit, Hand-drumming and Bodhran will take place. Details of these classes will be made available later and they will be open to all who may wish to attend.


Please note that the Northern Ireland Piping and Drumming School is now an Associate College of The College of Piping in Glasgow who will arrange to examine, on request, those students with an interest in pursuing PDQB qualifications. We believe that for the past 32 years, pipers and drummers have both enjoyed and benefited greatly from their time spent at the NIPDS, with a long list of successful players, instructors and adjudicators to endorse that.


We hope to see you when the new term commences and that you will enjoy your time in the school.


Yours sincerely


Mark Armstrong  



                                                                                    The NIPDS is an

                                            Associate College of The College of Piping, Glasgow

                                                           Funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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