The big news announcement recently was the merging of The
National Piping Centre with that old grandee The College of Piping. This was always a possibility of the old guard at the College losing its way against the perceived injustice of past squabbles. For a while now, there has been a rather petulant, unfavourable tone emanating from the College which, if anything, has been ramped up in recent times. Finance seems to be at the heart of the issue - the College was never run as a hard core business, with lessons either being really cheap and in some cases free. This of course was part of the College's mission and ethical appeal, and in fact, I personally benefitted from the fee structure - but as we all know, businesses and premises don't operate on thin air but if it hadn't been for the College's ethos, I may never have become a piper or started a piping business. I have always thought it was a good thing to have two schools of learning in Glasgow, with choice and competition between the two spurring things along. So, I am sad in some ways that the COP will not be as it used to be in my days, but combining both centres of excellence should provide good economies of scale and cross fertilisation. Add in the Piping Centre's powerful financial backing and you give long term viability to both institutions. We wish the new combined venture all the very best for the future.
p.s. if they go for a new logo, I hope they incorporate that of the COP - it is rather evocative and shouldn't disappear.