We held our second Piping and Drumming Forum and Workshop in partnership with the National Piping Centre in Glasgow in October 2017.


Here are some short films drawn from the sessions on the day.

Dr Rachel Drury – Working with mixed ability groups

Rachel Drury led an interactive session providing practical and research-based approaches to working with groups of mixed abilities, including pupils with additional support needs.

Rachel is a researcher and creative artist working predominantly in the field of music education and psychology. She specialises in music education for early years and for children with additional support needs and is currently Musician in Residence at Rachel House children’s hospice in Kinross. Rachel has devised and delivered a number of creative projects for national arts organisations such as Scottish Opera, Children’s Classic Concerts, Enterprise Music Scotland and Starcatchers. Rachel is a Lecturer in Learning and Teaching on the MEd and undergraduate programmes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and delivers a variety of research lectures and training events across the UK.



Jono Heale – Hearing Protection

Formerly a professional musician, Jono suffers from hearing loss, and is passionate about the need to protect young people from the effects of loud music on their hearing.




Patrice Berque – Musculoskeletal disorders

Chartered physiotherapist Patrice Berque outlined some of the musculoskeletal disorders that can affect musicians, advice on preventative measures and on what can be done if you notice a problem developing. Patrice specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries affecting performing artists, especially musicians. He is also involved in academic research in the field of performing arts medicine, health promotion and prevention of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders. Patrice’s own career was curtailed by focal dystonia of the embouchure muscles.

Mike Nicholson – Committees and Fundraising

Mike Nicholson, Fundraising researcher and proposal writer for charities discussed how to make the case for support, where to find support and how to access Gift Aid.