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Posted in School News by Ian Burrows on 17 January 2021 12:06 AM

Registrations for online lessons are now open for the Spring Term. Please click the College button to register.

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 16 December 2020 11:28 AM

We now know the extent of the Covid-19 pandemic and even at this stage, we are unsure of getting a competition season in 2021.

We do however, have to plan and to that extent, we have been working closely with Councils to put a plan together. At this stage we are unable to confirm dates as Councils have yet to agree budgets, also we do not know to what extent the Virus will require us to provide extra controls and safety measures.

Although there have been no events this past year, we are continuing to work on the principle that we will get going some time in 2021. We do not however, anticipate that we will get the go ahead from Government to run such events as our Championships in their known form before July 2021.

We do have in hand, back up plans with regards to Covid-19 and a range of safety procedures such as limited spectator numbers and spectator seating arrangements. We will continue to review these proposals as time and information change the picture.

Further information will be posted on our website as developments become known.

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 1 December 2020 12:12 PM
Dún Uladh's first Exploring Our Culture session takes place this evening and will be hosted by Derek Moore of the Londonderry Band Forum
Thursday’s will be hosted by Fintan Vallely, musician, writer, lecturer and researcher.
All of the talks take place at 7pm,
Zoom details below:
Derek Moore: 1st December 2020 
Meeting ID: 899 5965 7583
Passcode: 393467
Fintan Vallely: 3rd December 2020 7pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 843 1594 5490
Passcode: 556570
Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 26 November 2020 2:07 PM

Explore our culture and what it means to YOU from the comfort of your own armchair ....

An inspiring set of talks presented to local people from across the Mid Ulster Council District will be able to fill the dark evenings by availing of a free series of talks over the next two weeks focused on cultural expression.

The talks will see speakers from across a wide spectrum, including Ian Burrows of the The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch, Derek Moore of the Londonderry Bands Forum, the lecturer, writer and musician Fintan Vallely, Peter Smith from Ulster University and Linda Ervine of the East Belfast Mission and cover topics around the shared heritage and culture in Mid Ulster.

The project will feature a series talks before Christmas and volunteer training workshops in the new year.

To register your interest in the talks or the training programme, contact
☎️ 028 8224 2777

(The project, which is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) within the Mid Ulster District Council)

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 24 November 2020 12:16 PM

Can any band secretary who has not received the Order Paper & Zoom Link for the AGM please email the secretary -

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 10 November 2020 3:22 PM

Piobaireachd Society Live-Streamed Recital

Sunday 29th November 2020

Interest in the playing of Piobaireachd has become very popular across the Irish piping scene however the current pandemic has stifled engagement whether it is through tuition, performance or competition. Students of the discipline will be pleased to learn that the Piobaireachd Society’s 2020 Recital is being live streamed on Sunday 29th November 2020 commencing at 7.30pm.

Four expert pipers, Angus MacColl, Iain Speirs, Sandy Cameron and Cameron MacDougall, will each play two piobaireachd, one in each half of the concert. The  tunes,  End  of  the  High  Bridge,  Corrievreckan Lullaby,  Struan  Robertson's  Salute,  Unjust  Incarceration,  MacDougall's Gathering,  In  Praise  of  Morag,  Lament  for  Donald  of  Laggan  and  Mackenzie of  Applecross’s  Salute,  are  among  the  finest  in  the  Ceòl  Mòr  canon.

The broadcast will come direct from the National Piping Centre in Glasgow with admission to the online concert being £5 which is payable through the Piobaireachd Society’s website

The MC for the evening will be Society President Robert Wallace and the concert will finish around 9.30pm. There will be no tuning between the music and a downloadable brochure will be available on the night.

The Piobaireachd  Society would appreciate support for this live  piping event and is very grateful to  the  Principal  of  the  National Piping  Centre,  Finlay  MacDonald,  and  his  staff  for  making  their  premises available  to  the  Society  at  relatively  short  notice.  Should the event have to be cancelled all ticket money will be refunded.

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 10 November 2020 9:35 AM

Please see this link for more information on the Musical Instruments for Bands funding

This funding is available to Bands who have not received a Musical Instruments for Bands Programme award between January 2015 and March 2020

The deadline for applications is:
Monday 23rd November 2020 at 4pm

Posted in Branch News by Danielle McCartney on 6 November 2020 1:58 PM

See the link below for more information on the funding being offered by Arts Council NI