New Charity encouraging Scots pupils to play bagpipes


A new national charity, The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSDPT), has been set up to encourage more pupils to learn the bagpipes and start school bands as a method of building confidence and creating new friend groups. So far, the SSDPT works with more than 1,000 aspiring musicians in 14 projects across 11 local authority, with Govan School being one.The story of the fledgling group was filmed as part of a new documentary, The Wee Govan Pipers. “Govan has a long association with piping. It was the spiritual home of Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, which remains Scotland’s most successful pipe band ever, with 13 world championship titles,” said Johnston. The majority of the tutors on the Govan project are either serving or former police officers. An example of this is Iain MacPherson who is the current pipe major for the Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band. The Wee Govan Pipers will be broadcast on January 1 on BBC Alba. Read more 

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