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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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Full list of Events for any Month can be found on our events calendar here  
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  •  NPS CD and Online shop now running See here             


President's Day see below


 NPS Annual Competitions will be held on 15 October 2016

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NGS - Lizard's Farm, Lanchester, DH7 0RE - Cleveland Branch

Date: 2 October 2016

NGS Event - Lizard's Farm, Lanchester, Durham DH7 0RE - Sun 2 Oct 2016 (10am - 4pm).


The Cleveland Branch pipers played here for the first time last year and we had a great time. Set in a plantation and nursery for trees with an extensive range of unusual species inc. many maples, acers, elm and ash. Glorious autumn colours. Also saplings to full size trees for sale. The site has lakes, extended walks and an area dedicated to a fascinating range of chicken breeds. All newly planted and laid out. It's a fascinating location with great views that can only get better and better as it matures. The pipers are looking forward to see how the garden has developed from last year. They will be playing from 2pm till 4pm. Really well worth a visit.


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Date: 8 October 2016


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NGS - HillSide Cottages, Low Etherly DL14 0EZ - Cleveland Branch

Date: 9 October 2016

NGS Event - HillSide Cottages, Low Etherly, Bishop Auckland DL14 0EZ - Sun 9 Oct 2016 (12:30pm - 4pm)


A new venue for the Cleveland Branch Pipers to look forward to. The gardens of these two 19th Century cottages offer contrasting styles. At Number 1, grass paths lead you through a layout of trees and shrubs including many interesting specimens. Number 2 is based on island beds and has a cottage garden feel with a variety of perennials among the trees and shrubs and also incl a wild area, vegetables and fruit. Both gardens have ponds and water features. Pipers will be playing from 2pm till 4pm


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Cleveland Branch Meetings

Date: 12 October 2016
Summary: Second Wednesday Every Month

Happy New Year to everyone. Our meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every 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. 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 October 2016
Summary: NPS Saturday meeting Chantry 2016

 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 




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

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Cleveland Branch Practice

Date: 26 October 2016
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 Membership Renewal time is 1st April each year.
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 


There are many other piping events on around the world.

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



The Northumbrian Pipers' Society is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with number 7471625. Charity reg. no. 1142471. Registered office: c/o Muckle LLP, Time Central, 32 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4BF

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