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Welcome to the website of the Northumbrian Pipers' Society. The NPS was established in 1928 to promote the indigenous bagpipes of the North-East of England - the Northumbrian Smallpipes and the Half-long or Border pipes. Since then these instruments have achieved great popularity, both in their home region and around the world. Today's Society continues to encourage the playing, making, study and development of the Northumbrian pipes and their music. On this site you can find information on the Pipes, the Music and the Society. We have listings of not only Society events, but many other piping events on around the world. See our What's On section for Local Groups, Sessions, Concerts and Workshops.

 

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NEWS
 
It's the NPS AGM time soon Friday 1st August, make your vote count via email or proxy see here 
Note: This will NOT be at the chantry this year but Newbiggin Sailing club.
 
More details on the NPS Pipers day and Wallington Tune list added here.
 
Archive NPS magazines added here
 
NPS Membership now available via online shop here
 
Bill Hedworth Book now released for Sale on the NPS Shop see here
 
This is a limited edition 
 
Note: NPS Members can get a discount by registering on the shop 
 
October 2014 is "Piping Month" Events will be detailed soon   
 
NPS Piping weekend 2014 dates confirmed see here
 
PS Christmas event pictures see main news here   
 
NPS CD and Online shop now running See here 
 
  

          NEXT  NPS  EVENTS     

 

On Monday 2nd June at 7.30 pm at the Chantry, the session

will be led by Kit Pumphrey, and will include some Wallington favourites

 

 

Upcoming events

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NPS Pipers Day

Date: 2 August 2014
Summary: NPS Pipers Day
Details:

The NPS Annual Pipers day of workshops, playing, and fettling returns for 2014.

 

 

 This will be held in Newbiggin Sailing Club see here for location

Further information on Newbiggin can be found at 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

http://www.newbigginbythesea.co.uk/

 

Details and costs £25 (excluding meals) details are also in the NPS Summer 2014 Newsletter.

 

Want to go ? Download and fill in the form from here and send it to our secretary Pam Horne  

 

 

As last year this is being organised by Julia again -Our thank's to her for taking this, and other work on.   

 

 

Tutors will be 

  • Alice Burn
  • Adrian Schofield
  • Phillip Gruar

This will work as split sessions for beginners, Intermediate, and advanced levels.

with some playing sessions and an outdoor performance. There plenty of lunch time options in Newbiggin, and will also be the option to go for an evening meal (not included in costs). 

 

 

 

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NPS at Wallington Hall

Date: 3 August 2014
Summary: NPS at Wallington Hall
Details:

 

There has been a tradition of Northumbrian pipe playing at Wallington since the days of Jack Armstrong and Patricia Jennings. Last year a record number of pipers turned up at the NPS Wallington Hall event. We hope to better that this year, so please come along and enjoy.

 

Location 

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington/

 

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington/how-to-get-here/

 

Pipers and National Trust members get free entry on the day.

 

Wallington 2014 Tune List proposed - For those who want or need to practice

 

Also shown on Page 9 of the Summer 2014 newsletter

 

Chevy Chase x3 ->

Rothbury Hills -> 

Jock O'Hazeldean 

Salmon Tails->

Jimmy Allen->

Lamshaw's Fancy

Memories of Wallington->

Redesdale Hornpipe-> 

Marquis of Lorne

Brafferton village-> 

Joe Hutton's March->

Bobby Shafto

Crooket Bawbee->

Keel Row->

Nancy Till

Whittingham Green Lane-> 

Winster Gallop-> 

Border Fray 

The Cott-> 

Lamb Skinnet->

Hexham Races 

Mingulay Boat Song->

Ye Banks and Braes-> 

 

Gentle Maiden ->

Billy boy->

Old Drove Road

Keep Your Feet still Geordie Hinny-> 

Roxborough Castle->

Hesleyside Reel

RETUNE TO D   
Waters of Tyne-> Ma bonny Lad->  Fair Flower of Northumberland
Breamish-> Lads of the North Tyne->  Harvest Home
Lady's Well-> Glencoe March-> Adam Buckingham
Memories-> Elsey Waltz (straight through) Andrews March

Heroes of Glencoe->

(onceslow-twice march-no repeats)

 Nancy->  
   RETUNE BACK TO G
Sir John Fenwick's the Flower amongst them -> Winshield's Hornpipe-> Whinham's Reel
My Home-> Bluebells of Scotland-> Flett from Flotta
Mrs Jamieson's Favourite-> Orange and Blue (ABAB)  
Rowan Tree Hill-> Canny Newcastle (Slow Jig) Miss Forbes' Welcome to Banff
The South Wind->  The Saddle pony-> Biddy the Bowl Wife
Derwent Waters Fairwell-> The Herd on the Hill-> Because he was a Bonny Lad
Swindow-> Noble Squire Dacre-> Blowzabella

 

Most of these tune are in NPS tunebooks - Tip if you want to find which book, type in the tune on the shop search it will list the books the tune is in.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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NPS Chantry Meeting Monday

Date: 4 August 2014
Summary: NPS Chantry Meeting Mondays
Details:

Northumbrian Pipers Society playaround Monday Evening Meetings Start 7.30pm for this one only 

the Sailing Club at Newbiggin will be used.

 

 

Starting on February 2014  1st monday of the month unless advised. 

Location  temporarily located at Newbiggin Sailing Club

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NPS Cleveland Branch Meetings

Date: 13 August 2014
Summary: Cleveland Branch Meetings Details
Details:

 

Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Ceddesfeld Hall Community Centre, Rectory Row, Sedgefield. TS21 2AE, County Durham, which is behind the parish church.The main meeting starts at 8.00pm in the main hall. This is an excellent venue with great acoustics and has been the Cleveland Branch home for many years now. The December meetings include our annual Christmas meal as well as the usual playaround sessions. If you are in the area do come along and join our friendly group to play or listen to the wide variety of tunes. Everyone, in turn, gets the opportunity to choose the tunes to be played if they wish

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NPS Saturday meeting Chantry

Date: 16 August 2014
Summary: NPS Saturday meeting Chantry 2014
Details:

Regular playing session upstairs at the Chantry Morpeth Northumberland. 

Starting at 2-30pm the group will be lead by different experienced pipers confirmed dates as follows. 

 

Location  The Chantry, Bridge St, Morpeth NE61 1PD 

 

NOTE 21St June will be at in the main gallery not the normal room - Andy May leading 

 

2014  - NEW beginners hour  Subject to availability some experienced Piping tutors has kindly offered to lead a 1 hour free tutorial session for beginners and those returning to the pipes children and adults welcome from 1-30pm. 

Followed 

Main Regular NPS session at 2-30pm  This will be lead by an experienced piper.

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New Beamish Session 

Meeting at 8pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Home Farm, Beamish Museum:

F & G pitch pipes and other instruments welcome. 

Dave Shaw  0120 7231474

dave@daveshaw.co.uk

 'The session was in the delightful setting of the farmhouse kitchen in Beamish on the museum site. There was a lovely welcome when I walked in.The fire was burning and the tea and biscuits were a treat. There is the enjoyment of another age experienced in sitting in that kitchen surrounded by the paraphernalia of a bygone age, playing pipes (and other instruments) and the expected amount of musician banter – I am always amazed that when players get together they sometimes even play tunes.  I got my pipes whisked off to be mended, played and heard some new tunes. What more would I want of a session? It will be lovely to see more players there next time, it is a big kitchen and there is certainly room to be filled.'  (Ednie Wilson)

 

Last of the Stakeford sessions!

Traditional Music Session
at Stakeford & Bomarsund Social Welfare Centre NE62 5UD from 1 pm to 5 pm. 
The 12th June session will be the last of these sessions until further notice.
Everyone welcome - musicians, any instrument, listeners! 
 Bring your lunch if you wish - coffee etc available.
Contact:  Lynn 01670 815326
 

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