The Pipers’ Corner 5th Annual Winter School took place in Bruggen between 6th – 13th February. David Johnston, the organiser was very pleased with the results of the first collaboration and sent us this report.
“Without a doubt the best, most successful and structured Winter School to have ever taken place in Brüggen – this was the response and feedback received from the students throughout the week!! The move to collaborating with the highly professional “National Piping Centre” in Glasgow to provide instructors for the week proved to have been a complete success.
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Students received a structured timetable for their lessons, which offered small group tuition of around 4 to 5 students per class and one to one tuition in the evenings. Everyone commented on how much their playing had improved and how much they had learned in just one week.
We held a solo piping and drumming competition on Wednesday evening to offer students the possibility of experiencing playing under pressure and this went down well with everyone, as an important step to progressing with performing and playing skills. We thank the National Piping Centre for sponsoring the first prizes with a free week of tuition at any of their Scholarship courses.
Each day from 14:15 to 15:15, we received a professional recital from each of the instructors, which proved a great way to tank up with the necessary energy to continue with the classes and learning for the rest of the day. There were many lectures taking place during the evenings and on Friday night, we all went to Theo’s pub for our traditional end of course party.
The Graduation Ceremony and Concert was fully booked with the British TV recording the whole concert to be sent out on British TV at a later date. There was also a live CD recording from the whole concert, which should become available on the open market early April. We were delighted to have General Caplin (Senior Officer Commanding British Forces Germany), Mr Malcolm Scott (British Consul General), Mrs Terporten (Deputy Lord Mayor of Brüggen) and Mr Alistair Clark (Services Liaison Officer – Rhine Area) as our guests of honour for the evening.
We would like to thank our main sponsor “Wallace Bagpipes” for their generous £500.00 voucher which went to the most improved student, Dieter Brandl – congratulations to Dieter!
We are very happy to report that the family atmosphere has been very much retained at Brüggen and everyone reporting that they are already looking forward to next year’s Original Winter School, which will take place, as always, on the second week of February (5 – 12) 2012 with the National Piping Centre.