Volume 13, issue 1, February 2017
Arts Council Funding
I am delighted to advise the membership that the Arts Council has confirmed our funding level at €360,000 for the 12 months period to 31st December 2017 and this represents an increase of 2.8% (€9,667) on the previous 12 months period. This is an excellent result following the submission of our application, and it’s completion each year is one of the most important and detailed tasks undertaken by the staff. We duly acknowledge their efforts, commitment and teamwork that contribute to our success in securing the continued support of the Arts Council.
Leo Rowsome Commemorative Event
As we are at the beginning of a new year it is an appropriate time to take note of some of NPU’s key events for 2017. The Leo Rowsome Commemorative Event will take place on Saturday 25th February 2017. A full programme of events includes piping classes, regulator classes, reed-making classes, a pipe-makers instrument showcase, a Rowsome pipes demonstration and a recital. The recital will once again feature a piping ensemble synonymous with Leo – the piping quartet – this year from Portlaoise.
Leo Rowsome CD
Also on the 25th we will see addition of an important new recording to the piping discography with the launch of a new CD of archive recordings of Leo as part of NPU’s Master Pipers series.
We return for the third year in a row to The Majestic Hotel, Tramore, Co. Waterford for our annual Tionól which begins on Friday 26th May 2017. We would advise early booking to be sure of a room in the hotel as in recent years the Tionól has been extremely well attended.
We received many responses to our Membership Survey carried out last year, and I want to thank all those who took the trouble to complete the survey form. The feedback received from this exercise is factored into our planning and strategy for the coming few years. We are currently analysing the responses and the results will be published in the near future in An Píobaire and on our website.
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy
SSWC is another key event in which NPU participates. Beginning on the first Saturday in July each year, it commences this year on July 1st. Now in it’s 45th year, and while it has grown massively since the early days, it continues to be a most satisfying event to participate in either as a student, teacher, musician, singer, dancer or listener. NPU’s stewardship of the piping activities during the week ensures that those who visit Willie Clancy’s hometown each year to participate in the various piping elements of the school will have a rewarding experience.
Now is the time to start planning and training if you are thinking of taking part in the Sponsored Cycle to Miltown Malbay. The cyclists will leave Dublin on Friday June 30th and arrive in Miltown the next day. It is an important source of revenue for NPU and members are urged to consider participating in the cycle or support and sponsor those involved.
Members interested in pipe-making should take note of our programme of 1, 2 and 3 day in our PipeCraft centre throughout the year. Course titles include Pipes Maintenance, Bellows Making, Voicing and Tuning, Measuring Methods, Tools and Jigs and Hollow and Solid Mainstocks. We hope that those interested in various aspects of pipemaking will take part in the programme which will make use of the great facilities available in PipeCraft and the knowledge of the skilled tutors who will deliver the courses.