International Piping School for Stornoway

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AN international piping school is to be opened in Stornoway.

Created by the island-based Murray International Language Centre (MiLC) which is based at Lews Castle College, the school already has a number of students signed up including those from as far afield as Switzerland.

Leading piper Larry Ferguson is Head tutor at the school and will teach students the basics of the chanter and a wide range of traditional Scots tunes.

International students recently attended the Pipe Major Donald Macleod Piping Competition run by the Lewis and Harris Piping Society and were impressed by the level of piping skill on display.

Gordon Murray, founder and director of MiLC, is proud of what the school offers.

He said: “The idea of immersing students in the culture of the Hebrides while learning traditional piping tunes is a powerful combination. I am grateful to Lews Castle College, who have provided us with teaching space, and our students are already making great progress.”

Celebrity piper Lorne Cousin, who has performed for Madonna, welcomed the announcement of the new Piping School. Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, he said: “I’m delighted to see Gordon set up the MiLC Piping School in Stornoway. My Grandfather Murdo MacLeod, from Uig on Lewis, was my inspiration to be a piper and I play his pipes to this day.

“I am well acquainted with the Hebridean style and history of piping. Having known Gordon from our years together at Glasgow University I know he and his team will make a great job of it.”

MiLC is open to all levels at the Lews Castle College.

Further information: Gordon Murray, milcuk@yahoo.co.uk, contact tel: 01851-702421

MiLC Piping School is a subsidiary of MiLC. MiLC was established in 2009.

It is the only language centre in Scotland that offers English Language, Scottish History and Hebridean Culture.

The centre is currently undergoing expansion of its services to offer English or Gaelic and Piping/Fiddle lessons.