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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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President's Day

President Joyce Quin invites us all to join her at
Warkworth Memorial Hall NE65 OUJ
on Saturday 20th August 2016
for an afternoon of piping from 2 - 5 pm.







Upcoming events

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NGS - The Forge, Ravensworth - Cleveland Branch

Date: 3 July 2016

NGS Event - The Forge, Ravensworth DL11 7EU - Sun 3 Jul 2016 (1pm - 5:30pm)


The Blacksmith's Secret Garden - the garden is hidden from view behind The Forge House, Cottage and the working Blacksmith's Forge. It has small wildlife ponds with two natural stone features and a meadow. There are a number of unusual plants.


The Cleveland branch have played at this venue a number of times now. A fascination garden in a beautiful setting. Well worth a visit. The pipers will be playing from 2pm till 4pm.


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Cleveland Branch Meetings

Date: 13 July 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: 16 July 2016
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 


2016  - 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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NGS - St Margaret’s Allotments, Durham DH1 4QG - Cleveland Branch

Date: 17 July 2016

NGS Event - St Margaret’s Allotments, Durham DH1 4QG - Sun 17 Jul 2016 (2pm - 5pm)


5 acres of 82 allotments against the spectacular backdrop of Durham Cathedral. This site has been cultivated since the Middle Ages, and was saved from development 20yrs ago, allowing a number of enthusiastic gardeners to develop plots which display a great variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers.


This is a fascinating garden we played for the first time last year. We like this one. It's well worth a visit. The pipers will be playing from 2pm till 4pm.


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NGS - Ravensford Farm, Hamsterly DL13 3NH - Cleveland Branch

Date: 24 July 2016

NGS Event - Ravensford Farm, Hamsterly DL13 3NH - Sun 24 Jul 2016 (2pm - 5pm)


This large garden, now 30 years old, surrounds an old farmhouse. It contains two ponds, an orchard and a small wood. Mid-July is possibly its peak for colour, but there is always floral interest and we grow many unusual (labelled) shrubs and trees. On NGS day we sell plants and jams from the garden, we serve home-made cakes for tea, and Northumbrian pipers provide the background music.


The Cleveland Branch have had a very long established association with this graden since the playing group started. We have played at this venue on very many occasions for both private and public events. It's an amazing garden and well worth a visit.


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Cleveland Branch Practice

Date: 27 July 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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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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