The Netta Jane Johnston Uilleann Piping Scholarship 2019 – 2020

by Jamie on October 18, 2019

The Netta Jane Johnston Scholarship has been jointly set-up by the Heart of the Glen Landscape Partnership and Na Píobairí Uilleann in memory of Miss ‘Netta Jane Nicholl Johnston from Carnlough Co Antrim. The Scholarship is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Na Píobairí Uilleann, with the legacy managed by Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust

Miss Johnston

Jane (Netta) Nicholl Johnston was born on the 11th July 1878 and lived most of her life in the town of Carnlough, Co. Antrim. She was a well-known character through her involvement in the family hardware and funeral business and her music. She played and taught classical violin as well as piano, flute and pipe organ. At the age of 26 after having heard the Uilleann pipes at the first Glens of Antrim Feis Miss Johnston took them up. She travelled to Belfast for lessons with R.L. O’Mealy and had a set of pipes made by him. The original pipes were donated to the ten Ulster Musueum and remain in the care of Museums NI. She progressed well and played the pipes herself at the Feis in Ballymena in 1930. She was also remembered for running a non-sectarian flute band in the 1920s and 1930s. Miss Johnston died on the 30th March 1952 and is buried in the family grave at St. Mary’s Church, Largy Road, Carnlough.


To read more on Miss Johnston see the article in the Sean Reid Society Journal by Wilbert Garvin.


The Netta Jane Johnston Scholarship

The scholarship is open to anyone under the age of 30 residing in the Glens of Antrim. The scholarship will consist of one year’s worth of Uilleann Piping tuition and a contribution towards travel in order to receive tuition.


What the Scholarship entails

The value of the Scholarship shall be no more than £500 towards tuition on the Uilleann Pipes and related travel costs. The scholarship recipient can choose whether take up tuition directly with NPU in its group classes in Derry/Londonderry from January-May and then September to December 2020 (32 weeks total, cost £250) or use the scholarship with an alternative piping tutor as agreed with NPU. Additional masterclasses with NPU or another agreed tutor are also included in the overall value of the scholarship.


Eligibility for the Scholarship


The successful applicant must reside within the Glens of Antrim Landscape Partnership area. If you are unsure if you qualify please contact the Heart of the Glens office. Applicants must be 30 or under in order to receive the Scholarship.


The applicant does not have to currently play the Uilleann Pipes but should be proficient on another instrument. The applicant must demonstrate strong musical ability on another instrument and a large ambition to learn the Uilleann pipes if they do not already play. A recording to demonstrate current musical proficiency on the Uilleann Pipes or another instrument will greatly enhance an application.


Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.


Applications must be completed in full and accompanied with a letter/email of support. Applicants must adhere to the criteria & conditions as set out within the application form in order to be eligible.



For more information regarding the application process and submission please contact the Heart of the Glens LPS – Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, The Old Bank, 27 Main Street Armoy, BT53 8SL
T: 028 2075 2100
Email – Jamie@ccght.org

Netta Jane Johnston Uilleann Piping Scholarship application form


For information on Uilleann Piping classes or local tutors please contact Na Píobairí Uilleann.

Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta St., Dublin 1, Ireland

Telephone: +35318730093

Email: info@pipers.ie


JamieThe Netta Jane Johnston Uilleann Piping Scholarship 2019 – 2020