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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.


Keep the Date - Saturday 22nd August 2015!

President's Day piping in Northumberland

President Joyce Quin will host an afternoon playing session - further details as we have them.  


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

see the link on the left menu.

NPS 2015 Statutory accounts are now published here
It's NPS Membership Renewal time for many of us.
If you wish to renew online with paypal click on the options below.
 UK inc Giftaid  or Non UK in GBP 
Anything else or other methods, contact our secretary Pam here 
Full list of Events for 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
  • Note: NPS Members can get a discount by registering on the shop 
  •  NPS CD and Online shop now running See here             




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NPS Annual General Meeting 2015 Newbiggin Sailing Club

Date: 31 July 2015
Summary: NPS Committee Elections and Playing session

NPS AGM 2015 and Elections followed by 

Followed by a playing session  




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

Further information on Newbiggin can be found at


This forms part of the NPS piping weekend 2015




with the Pipers day (01/08/15) and the Traditional Wallington Hall performance in the courtyard on Sunday 02/08/15.

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NPS Pipers Day 2015

Date: 1 August 2015
Summary: NPS Pipers Day

The NPS Annual Pipers day of workshops, playing, and fettling returns for 2015.



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

Further information on Newbiggin can be found at


Details and costs £30 (excluding meals) details are also in the NPS Summer 2015 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


Susan Craven

Andrew Davison

Graham Dixon


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 2015

Date: 2 August 2015
Summary: NPS at Wallington Hall


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.




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


Wallington 2015 Tune List proposed - For those who want or need to practice


Also shown on Page 19 of the Summer 2015 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

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)

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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Cleveland Branch Meetings

Date: 12 August 2015
Summary: Second Wednesday Every Month

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

Author: Brian Fisher - Cleveland Branch

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NPS Saturday meeting Chantry

Date: 15 August 2015
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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Cleveland Branch Practice

Date: 26 August 2015
Summary: Cleveland Branch Playing Group Practices








The Cleveland Branch Playing Group meet every 4th Wednesday of the month for practice upstairs at Ceddesfeld Hall, Rectory Row, Sedgefield. TS21 2AE, County Durham at 7pm till about 9pm.

The playing group are a very active group with the aim of taking the Northumbrian Smallpipes and Northumbrian music out to the public. We usually have very busy year and have performed at many events such as festivals, National Garden scheme events, concerts, weddings, schools and fetes.

 Pipers are very welcome to join us and play, though tunes and discussions are restricted to the playing group repertoire.

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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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