TO mark three decades of educating some of Northern Ireland’s finest pipers, drummers and adjudicators the Northern Ireland Piping and Drumming School (NIPDS) will be the guest at a festive celebratory reception in the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Thursday, December 13, 2012. The renowned school, which is funded by Arts Council NI, will showcase some of its talent covering a variety of age ranges including pipers, drummers and Highland dancers to an audience which will include MLAs, Arts Council NI, Arts Council Ireland and president of the Piobaireachdt Society Andrew Wright, who has been the visiting lecturer in Piobaireachd and Canntaireachd at the Northern Ireland Piping and Drumming School for over 17 years.
Students and tutors of NIPDS have attained awards in solo competitions in both piping and drumming at the highest level and others have led bands to world titles. The school caters for all abilities and many enrol not to gain competitive honours but to learn how to play properly, adding to their enjoyment of their instrument, and with some going on to become qualified teachers in the piping and drumming field.
NIPDS currently operates from two permanent centres in Northern Ireland at Laurelhill Community College in Lisburn and Portora Royal School in Enniskillen.