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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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Cleveland Branch Meetings

Date: 11 May 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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Sedgefield Medieval Fayre - Cleveland Branch

Date: 21 May 2016

Sedgefield Medieval Fayre - Sedgfield, Co Durham - Sat 21 May 2016



Sedgefield Mediaeval Fayre is an annual event held on the 3rd Saturday of May. A very popular and well supported event. It's a great family day out. There's so much going on:



  • heroic knights
  • birds of prey
  • fun fair
  • fancy dress parade
  • arts and crafts
  • traditional countryside pursuits
  • and more


The Cleveland Branch have supported this event for many years now and the pipers will be playing in St Edmunds Church at 10:30am.

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NPS Saturday meeting Chantry

Date: 21 May 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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Cleveland Branch Practice

Date: 25 May 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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NGS - Croft Hall, Croft-on-Tees - Cleveland Branch

Date: 29 May 2016
NGS Event - Croft Hall, Croft-on-Tees,North Yorkshire, DL2 2TB - Sun 29 May 2016 (2pm - 6pm)

A 5-acre garden, comprising a stunning herbaceous border, large fruit and vegetable plot, two ponds and wonderful topiary arched wall. Pretty rose garden and mature box Italianate parterre are beautifully set in this garden offering peaceful, tranquil views of open countryside.


This will the first time at this event for the Cleveland Branch. The pipers will be playing there from about 2pm till 4:30pm.


Click here for full details of the event

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NGS - Crook Hall, Durham - Cleveland Branch

Date: 6 June 2016
NGS Event - Crook Hall, Durham, DH1 5SZ - Mon 6 Jun 2016 (10pm - 5pm)

An intriguing medieval manor house surrounded by 4 acres of fine gardens. Visitors can enjoy magnificent cathedral views from the 2 walled gardens.


This will the first time at this event for the Cleveland Branch. The pipers will be playing there from about 2pm till 4pm.


Click here for full details of the event

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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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