TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2013 Award for Na Píobairí Uilleann
Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU/The Society of Uilleann Pipers) is pleased to announce that TG4 have awarded the 2013 Gradam Ceoil - Gradam Aitheantais (Musicians Award) to the organisation.
NPU was founded in 1968 with the aim of protecting a threatened art. Its core objectives are the promotion of the playing and manufacture of the uilleann pipes and of Irish traditional music in general.
The range of services provided by NPU to a worldwide membership of several thousand pipers includes public performances, music tuition, training in the art of pipemaking, publications, an instrument loan scheme, an online digital archive, library, museum and extensive research material.
NPU maintains a significant online presence: a web-based piping and traditional music resource makes available their training, tutorial and archive materials to lovers of Irish music throughout the world. They are currently partnering with Music Generation and Dublin City Council to provide an extensive out-reach tuition programme.
With demand for pipes considerably exceeding supply, a dedicated Training Centre, PipeCraft, was established by NPU in 2010 to deliver a range of part-time and full-time training in the highly skilled craft of uilleann pipemaking. In 2012 Na Píobairí Uilleann commenced a 3 year full-time training course in uilleann pipe making, not only enhancing the craft of uilleann pipe making but also promoting heritage, culture, art, enterprise and jobs.
The Gradam Ceoil 2013 concert and awards ceremony will be held in UCH Limerick on Saturday March 30th at 7:45pm.