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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.


If you want to join in discussions about pipes and piping try our forum -

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October 2014 Was Piping Month !

Listen to Reid Pipes Session from the NPS 2014 Concert 


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The BBC Becomes Piping Aware 


BBC Radio Newcastle  Drive Time interview with Ednie audio replay here around 1:16  



Full list of Events for November and any Month can be found on our events calendar 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 Awareness Month" Events will be detailed soon   
NPS CD and Online shop now running See here 


President's Piping at the House of Lords

NPS President Joyce Quinn has again invited members and guests to a reception at the House of Lords on Thursday 11th December from 6 - 8pm.  She will also invite members of both Houses of Parliament to hear the pipes and meet the pipers, so come and help spread our music to a wider audience! 

Names are to be submitted to the House of Lords by mid-November, so if you are interested please let Pam know at  Precedence will be given to those who couldn't attend last year, but there may be room for all.  




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NPS Chantry Meeting Monday

Date: 1 December 2014
Summary: NPS Chantry Meeting Mondays

Northumbrian Pipers Society playaround Monday Evening Meetings Start 7.30pm upstairs at the Chantry Morpeth


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

Location  The Chantry, Bridge St, Morpeth NE61 1PD 

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NPS Cleveland Branch Meetings

Date: 10 December 2014
Summary: Cleveland Branch Meetings 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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** Cleveland Branch Christmas Meeting - Changes **

Date: 10 December 2014
Summary: Christmas Meeting Changes


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Due to circumstances beyond our control, our usual hot supper normally served at our Christmas Meeting has had  to be moved to our January meeting. The Piping for Prizes event will also be moved to the January meeting.



This year’s Cleveland Branch Christmas Meeting on 10th December 2014 starting at 8pm will feature a normal play-around interspersed with carols sets and mince pies.


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President's Piping at the House of Lords 2014

Date: 11 December 2014
Summary: President's Piping at the House of Lords 2014

NPS President's Piping at the House of Lords 2014

President Rt Hon Baroness Joyce Quin of Gateshead is hosting a London Pipers' session with piping at 7 pm at the River Room, House of Lords, on Thursday 11th December from 6 - 8 pm
Confirm your attendance please to names needed before November please.
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NPS Saturday meeting Chantry

Date: 20 December 2014
Summary: NPS Saturday meeting Chantry 2014

Beginners then Regular playing session upstairs at the Chantry Morpeth Northumberland. 

Starting at 1-30pm with Ann beginners session, followed by regular 2-30pm the group will be lead by different experienced pipers confirmed dates as follows. 


Location  The Chantry, Bridge St, Morpeth NE61 1PD 


2014  - NEW beginners hour  Starts at 1-30pm for 1 hour.

Ann Sessoms has taught Northumbrian pipes privately for many years, and for over twenty years taught the evening class at George Stephenson High School, Killingworth.  She has been well received when teaching at Pipers' days or weekends.  Ann is always willing to help beginners, and has generously offered to be at the Chantry at 1.30 pm before the Saturday session on the third Saturday of each month, to help new pipers with the basics of their instrument and their playing.



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

 '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)




There are many other piping events on around the world.

See our What's On section for Events, Concerts And Workshops.



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