Having worked as Principal of The National Piping Centre since its inception in 1996 until 2020, I was responsible for setting up all of the learning programmes to cater for beginners, novice, intermediate and advanced players. I was editor and co- contributor for all of the Centre’s tutor books. While in that role I was also a founding Director of the Glasgow International Piping Festival, which entailed many things including an extensive programme of workshops, performances and talks. In my final year I introduced a new educational series focusing on many aspects of world piping traditions entitled “Learn at Live!”
I have personally taught people from all around the world at all stages and therefore understand the challenges at each level. My training as a schoolteacher has provided me with the experience required to bring the best out of each individual. My motivation comes from your progress!
I am at my happiest when I am playing pipes so performing in recitals is something I enjoy very much as they motivate me to maintain and develop my repertoire and give me the chance to interact with piping enthusiasts or those who are new to the instrument.
While I am still an active competing solo piper I also enjoy judging competitions in which I would not normally participate in. I have judged solo and pipe band competitions at all grades in many parts of the world.