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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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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   
PS Christmas event pictures see main news here   
NPS CD and Online shop now running See here 

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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



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NPS President's Day 2014 Warkworth Memorial Hall

Date: 23 August 2014 to 16:30
Summary: NPS President's Day 2014 Warkworth Memorial Hall

NPS President's Day 2014   Warkworth Memorial Hall   at   2-30pm till 4-30pm.

 Our President, Rt Hon Baroness Joyce Quin will kindly be hosting the Northern UK President's day at the senic village of Warkworth in Northumberland.  Always said to to be a relaxed and pleasant playing session and one worth attending.


Hall details can be found here



Watch this space for detail on the London day later this year.

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Cleveland Branch Practice

Date: 27 August 2014
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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NPS Chantry Meeting Monday

Date: 1 September 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 September 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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NPS Saturday meeting Chantry

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

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. 


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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