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Text Message Northumbrian Pipers’ Society Events newsmail - February 2014 Recent NPS activities: On 13th January we celebrated Colin Ross’ 80th birthday with cake, cava and candles – and piping of tunes both old and so new that they were having their very first performance! Chris Ormston composed ‘The Ranting Shieldsman’ as a birthday present for Colin (because Colin was born in Shields and was in the High Level Ranters, of course!). Music and more in the next newsletter. You can see Chris playing ‘The Ranting Shieldsman’ here. Colin, and his guests, at the party Online Shop News. Sales of CD and books are going well, but please make sure you get your member’s discount before you shop – some products, mainly books are discounted for current NPS members, so to get your very worthwhile member’s discount  before ordering please do the following (once only). Go to shop.northumbrianpipers.org.uk Step 1 Register on the shop and then tell us Register on the shop site using  Login (top right corner) then use Contact us  (bottom left corner) Please tell us on the form that you are a current NPS member and your email address.  Step 2 We check you are a member and set your login  Once verified by us, usually within 48 hours, you will be added to the member discount group and this will be automatically applied to any pricing you see. Step 3 Your member pricing is show when you log in  When you log in any time after that, the pricing will change to members’ only pricing, then you can place an order at the discounted rates - and this will apply to any future orders as well. This is the only simple way to protect one of the benefits of being an NPS member, and it is worth it! Our Archivist, Richard Heard, has had some requests this month about Burl Ives, an American recording artist who some of you may remember! He is shown here with his Northumbrian pipes! This link here will take you to a rare recording of Jack Armstrong accompanying Burl Ives on pipes. Richard is preparing an article for the newsletter about how this came about, so if you have anything to contribute about Burl and the proposed film of the Pied Piper of Hamelyn that you think Richard might not know of, please contact him, within the next couple of weeks please, on archvist@northumbrianpipers.org.uk. Burl Ives with his pipes, which are now in an American museum – do you know of any recordings of him playing them? Find A Piper Web Page We are getting quite a lot of enquiries from people wanting pipers for their weddings or community events, so we are working on a page on the website at the moment for people to ‘Find a Piper’ for events they are planning – weddings, barmitzvas, funerals, fund-raising events, ceilidhs – I’m sure there are many more occasions when a piper would just perfect the occasion! If you are willing to be approached to play for any type of event, please send us your entry for the website: – include your contact details eg email, website or phone number; the number of pipers you can provide, the types of occasion you’d be available for, and the geographical area you’d travel to, within the UK or otherwise – you never know who might be trying to find a piper! February listings from the calendar page of NPS website: NPS Playing Session, Moot Hall Hexham 1 February 2014 NPS Playing Session Hexham     Andrew Davison and Richard Butler are planning to lead a playing session on 1st February 2014 from 7pm, at the Moot Hall, Hexham a 15th century building in the centre of the market town of Hexham in the Tyne Valley.   Address  10 Hallgate, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 1XF   All instruments are welcome, as are guests, the playing pitch will be in traditional pipers F (slightly sharp of concert F). To gauge numbers could you please respond to Andrew chairman@northumbrianpipers.org.uk , but this is not essential.   more >> Yorkshire Pipers 1 February 2014 Meeting details vary - contact Nick Hopkinson on 01423 358673 For details of Yorkshire Pipers meetings, please contact Nick Hopkinson on 01423 358673. Next meetings 1 February and 8 March 2014. more >> St Oswalds Group 2014 1 February 2014 Playing group 10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday. Louise Woodman 01670 789750 more >> Manchester Pipers Group 1 February 2014 Manchester Pipers Group Manchester Pipers' Group :  Usually meet on first Saturday of the month from 2.00pm - 5.00pm at Grove Lane Baptist Church, Pingate Lane South (off Grove Lane), Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 7NP. For more details, or if you are travelling a distance please check with Tom Mullen 0161 485 6765 or Neil Tavernor neiltavernor@btinternet.com that the church have not asked us to move the date. more >> The Bottle Bank Band at St Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead 1 February 2014 more >> Oxford Group Sunday meetings 2 February 2014 The Oxford Group meets on Wednesdays at the Baptist Church Hall in Eynsham, just west of Oxford, on the third Wedensday of the month from 7.30.   The occasional Sunday meetings are at St Margaret's Institute in Oxford.  Details from Mike Dobson 01242 520936 or mdobsons@aol.com. more >> NPS Chantry Meeting Monday 3 February 2014 NPS Monday meeting – led this month by Andy Watchorn Northumbrian Pipers Society playaround Monday Evening Meetings Start 7.30pm upstairs at the Chantry Morpeth Longframlington Pipers 2014 5 February 2014 Longframlington pipers session Longframlington Pipers Weekly at Longframlington Memorial Hall, Northumberland, NE65 8AH         Meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm except Christmas week, weather permitting, in the Memorial Hall, Rothbury Road, Longframlington. Northumberland NE65 8AH  Contact Gill Sergeant, 0191 2591752, email gsat5jed@gmail.com or visit their websitewww.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners. more >> London Group Meeting 5 February 2014 London Group Meeting London Group :    The London Pipers meet from around 6.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month in the upper room of The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8JR, at the junction of Wren Street.  This is approximately equidistant  from Kings Cross, Chancery Lane and Russell Square tube stations, a walk of 10 mins or so.  For any further details contact Francis Wood, 020 7791 0072, email smallpipes@gmail.com or Graham Wells,  020 8943 3589, emailgrahamwhwells@aol.com Northants Group 7 February 2014 Northants group Northants group meet at Peter Dunn's at 7.30pm : .dunn@uwclub.net : 01536 482475 more >> St Oswalds Group 2014 8 February 2014 Playing group 10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday.   Louise Woodman 01670 789750 more >> Longframlington Pipers 2014 12 February 2014 Longframlington pipers session Longframlington Pipers Weekly at Longframlington Memorial Hall, Northumberland, NE65 8AH       Meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm except Christmas week, weather permitting, in the Memorial Hall, Rothbury Road, Longframlington. Northumberland NE65 8AH  Contact Gill Sergeant, 0191 2591752, email gsat5jed@gmail.com or visit their websitewww.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners. more >> NPS Cleveland Branch Meetings 12 February 2014 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 more >> Stakeford Traditional Music Session 13 February 2014 Lynn Nicholson's music session Traditional Music Session at Stakeford and Bomarsund Social Welfare Club NE62 5UD from 1 pm - 5 pm - bring lunch if you wish, tea/coffee etc available.  All instruments welcome, well almost!  Contact: Lynn, 01670 815326 NE62 5UD more >> Spittal Northumbrian Piping Group 13 February 2014 Spittal Northumbrian Piping Group Spittal Northumbrian Piping Group -  Berwick (Spittal) Pipers meet at the Blenheim Hotel, Spittal TD15 1RD from 7.30 pm.  Second Thursday of the month, at 7.30.  This group has been set up by seven Alnwick and Longframlington Pipers, who wish to establish a more northerly outpost for pipers, and other instruments in Fpitch, initially just to play but perhaps for local audiences and charities etc. For further details contact Bobbie Prentice on 018907 71230 or bobbie.prentice@btconnect.com or Lyndon Purvis on 01289  386536 or humbug0802@hotmail.co.uk more >> St Oswalds Group 2014 15 February 2014 Playing group 10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday.  Louise Woodman 01670 789750 more >> Salisbury Piping Group 15 February 2014 Salisbury Group Salisbury Group: The Salisbury Group meets on the third Saturday of the month, usually at Ian Curr's house in Salisbury. Sessions last 2-5pm (approx) and players of all abilities are welcome. Tuition is provided separately for beginners during the first half hour or so. It is hoped to hold some pub sessions on the first Monday of the month from April. Please confirm all venues and timings by emailing i.curr@ntlworld.com or srahmarks@aol.com in advance. more >> NPS Saturday meeting Chantry 15 February 2014 NPS Saturday meeting Chantry 2014 Starters’ Session at 1.30 for beginners of all ages! Followed by the regular playing session at the Chantry Morpeth Northumberland.  Starting at 2-30pm the group will be lead by different experienced pipers Location  The Chantry, Bridge St, Morpeth NE61 1PD  Longframlington Pipers 2014 19 February 2014 Longframlington pipers session Longframlington Pipers Weekly at Longframlington Memorial Hall, Northumberland, NE65 8AH Meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm except Christmas week, weather permitting, in the Memorial Hall, Rothbury Road, Longframlington. Northumberland NE65 8AH  Contact Gill Sergeant, 0191 2591752, email gsat5jed@gmail.com or visit their websitewww.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners. more >> Salisbury Group 19 February 2014 Salisbury Group Salisbury Group: The Salisbury Group meets on the third Saturday of the month, usually at Ian Curr's house in Salisbury. Sessions last 2-5pm (approx) and players of all abilities are welcome. Tuition is provided separately for beginners during the first half hour or so. It is hoped to hold some pub sessions on the first Monday of the month from April. Please confirm all venues and timings by emailing i.curr@ntlworld.com or srahmarks@aol.com in advance. more >> Oxford Group 19 February 2014 Oxford Group Oxford Group :  Meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month except August 7.30 to 10.00 in the Baptist Church Hall, Lombard Street, Eynsham OX29 4HT  We also meet on occasional Sundays through the year in St Margaret's Institute, Polstead Road Oxford OX2 6TW from 1300 to 1600, with bring and share lunch from 1200.  We welcome pipers of all abilities and usually have hire sets available for beginners.  For more details, or to check that the venue hasn't changed (it does occasionally) contact Mike Dobson on 01242 5209365, email Oxfordpiping@aol.com. more >> The Fenland (Cambridge) Group 19 February 2014 The Fenland - Cambridge group The Fenland Chapter (Cambridge Group): Meet in the White Horse at Barton, >http://www.thewhitehorseinnbarton.co.uk/ near Cambridge, CB23 7BG, at 8pm on the third Wednesday of each month; contact Ross Anderson email ross@piob.info and phone 01223 334733 more >> The Lads Like Beer 21 February 2014 Graham Dixon's launch of his CD celebrating the music of James Hill At St Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead. more >> Northants Group 21 February 2014 Northants group Northants group meet at Peter Dunn's at 7.30pm : .dunn@uwclub.net : 01536 482475 more >> South Cumbria/North Lancs pipers group 21 February 2014 South Cumbria / North Lancashire pipers meet at 7.30 pm at Ian and Liza Henderson’s house, 53 Emesgate Lane, Silverdale LA5 0RN phil@gruar.net more >> St Oswalds Group 2014 22 February 2014 Playing group 10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday.   Louise Woodman 01670 789750 more >> Longframlington Pipers 2014 26 February 2014 Longframlington pipers session Longframlington Pipers Weekly at Longframlington Memorial Hall, Northumberland, NE65 8AH    Meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm except Christmas week, weather permitting, in the Memorial Hall, Rothbury Road, Longframlington. Northumberland NE65 8AH  Contact Gill Sergeant, 0191 2591752, email gsat5jed@gmail.com or visit their websitewww.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners. more >> Cleveland Branch Practice 26 February 2014 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. more >> Alnwick Pipers' Society 26 February 2014 Alnwick Pipers' Society Monthly meeting Alnwick Pipers' Society :    Meetings / playing sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except August) in the Farriers Arms, Shilbottle,  Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2XX starting at 8.00 pm. The Society also has its own music books and CDs for sale available through their website. Visit www.alnwickpipers.co.uk to find out more.   g.prentice@btconnect.com  Check Diary for location changes as well http://www.alnwickpipers.co.uk/Diary.htm more >> New Beamish Session – please check with Dave, as building works may still be happening! 26 February 2014 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 dave@daveshaw.co.uk  '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) Northumbrian Smallpiping Weekend at Halsway Manor 28 February 2014 00:00 to 02 March 2014 23:59 Northumbrian Smallpiping Weekend at Halsway Manor at Halsway Manor, National Centre for the Folk Arts Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD Now Including an absolute beginners session on the 1st March, instruments provided. HALSWAY MANOR NORTHUMBRIAN SMALLPIPES WEEKEND Tutors: Andy May, Pauline Cato, Chris Evans, Rob Say, Francis Wood. For pipers of all abilities, this popular weekend provides a thoroughly enjoyable opportunity to develop your ability, technique and repertoire. The course starts on Friday evening with an introductory session to assess people’s needs and a tune session in the bar, followed by workshops all day Saturday and Sunday. Our 5 highly experienced tutors ensure that workshop groups aren’t too big and that all participants get the support they need. For total beginners interested in ‘having-a-go’ see details of our Smallpipes Taster Day... Full board per person: £160-£200 per person.  New this year! Sat 1 March / 10am-4pm NORTHUMBRIAN SMALLPIPES TASTER DAY Tutor: Francis Wood.  Pipes provided (simple teaching sets - ideal for beginners). This will be a practical workshop, with a maximum of six participants. Francis will introduce you (gently!) to playing technique, while also giving some insight into the history and development of the instrument. Price per person: £30 to include tuition, instrument hire, tea, coffee and lunch – bargain! Stay for Saturday dinner and concert: £20 Sat 1 March / 8pm NORTHUMBRIAN SMALLPIPES CONCERT Andy May, Pauline Cato, Chris Evans, Rob Say, Francis Wood. £8 / £2 full time students of any age. Weekend course participants free. For more information and to book contact Halsway Manor on 01984 618274.Visit www.halswaymanor.org.uk If we’ve missed anything – please let us know and we’ll add it to the website. Please email webmaster@northumbrianpipers.org.uk to subscribe or to unsubscribe yourself click here
HTML Message Northumbrian Pipers’ Society Monthly Update

 Northumbrian Pipers’ Society Events newsmail - February 2014

 

Recent NPS activities:

 

On 13th January we celebrated Colin Ross’ 80th birthday with cake, cava and candles – and piping of tunes both old and so new that they were having their very first performance! Chris Ormston composed ‘The Ranting Shieldsman’ as a birthday present for Colin (because Colin was born in Shields and was in the High Level Ranters, of course!). Music and more in the next newsletter.

 

You can see Chris playing ‘The Ranting Shieldsman’ here.

 

Colin, and his guests, at the party

 

 

Online Shop News. Sales of CD and books are going well, but please make sure you get your member’s discount before you shop – some products, mainly books are discounted for current NPS members, so to get your very worthwhile member’s discount  before ordering please do the following (once only).

 

Go to shop.northumbrianpipers.org.uk

 

Step 1 Register on the shop and then tell us

Register on the shop site using  Login (top right corner) then use Contact us  (bottom left corner)

Please tell us on the form that you are a current NPS member and your email address. 

 

Step 2 We check you are a member and set your login 

Once verified by us, usually within 48 hours, you will be added to the member discount group and this will be automatically applied to any pricing you see.

 

Step 3 Your member pricing is show when you log in 

When you log in any time after that, the pricing will change to members’ only pricing, then you can place an order at the discounted rates - and this will apply to any future orders as well.

 

This is the only simple way to protect one of the benefits of being an NPS member, and it is worth it!

Our Archivist, Richard Heard, has had some requests this month about Burl Ives, an American recording artist who some of you may remember! He is shown here with his Northumbrian pipes! This link herewill take you to a rare recording of Jack Armstrong accompanying Burl Ives on pipes. Richard is preparing an article for the newsletter about how this came about, so if you have anything to contribute about Burl and the proposed film of the Pied Piper of Hamelyn that you think Richard might not know of, please contact him, within the next couple of weeks please, on archvist@northumbrianpipers.org.uk.

 

Burl Ives with his pipes, which are now in an American museum – do you know of any recordings of him playing them?

 



 

 

Find A Piper Web Page We are getting quite a lot of enquiries from people wanting pipers for their weddings or community events, so we are working on a page on the website at the moment for people to ‘Find a Piper’ for events they are planning – weddings, barmitzvas, funerals, fund-raising events, ceilidhs – I’m sure there are many more occasions when a piper would just perfect the occasion! If you are willing to be approached to play for any type of event, please send us your entry for the website: – include your contact details eg email, website or phone number; the number of pipers you can provide, the types of occasion you’d be available for, and the geographical area you’d travel to, within the UK or otherwise – you never know who might be trying to find a piper!

 

February listings from the calendar page of NPS website:

 

NPS Playing Session, Moot Hall Hexham

1 February 2014

NPS Playing Session Hexham

 

 

Andrew Davison and Richard Butler are planning to lead a playing session on 1st February 2014 from 7pm, at the Moot Hall, Hexham a 15th century building in the centre of the market town of Hexham in the Tyne Valley.

 

Address  10 Hallgate, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 1XF

 

All instruments are welcome, as are guests, the playing pitch will be in traditional pipers F (slightly sharp of concert F). To gauge numbers could you please respond to Andrew chairman@northumbrianpipers.org.uk , but this is not essential. 

 more >>

 

Yorkshire Pipers

1 February 2014

Meeting details vary - contact Nick Hopkinson on 01423 358673

For details of Yorkshire Pipers meetings, please contact Nick Hopkinson on 01423 358673.

Next meetings 1 February and 8 March 2014.

more >>

 

St Oswalds Group 2014

1 February 2014

Playing group

10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday.

Louise Woodman 01670 789750

more >>

 

Manchester Pipers Group

1 February 2014

Manchester Pipers Group

Manchester Pipers' Group : 

Usually meet on first Saturday of the month from 2.00pm - 5.00pm at Grove Lane Baptist Church, Pingate Lane South (off Grove Lane), Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 7NP. For more details, or if you are travelling a distance please check with Tom Mullen 0161 485 6765 or Neil Tavernor neiltavernor@btinternet.com that the church have not asked us to move the date.

more >>

 

 

The Bottle Bank Band at St Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead

1 February 2014

more >>

 

Oxford Group Sunday meetings

2 February 2014

The Oxford Group meets on Wednesdays at the Baptist Church Hall in Eynsham, just west of Oxford, on the third Wedensday of the month from 7.30. 

 The occasional Sunday meetings are at St Margaret's Institute in Oxford.  Details from Mike Dobson 01242 520936 or mdobsons@aol.com.

more >>

 

NPS Chantry Meeting Monday

3 February 2014

NPS Monday meeting – led this month by Andy Watchorn

Northumbrian Pipers Society playaround Monday Evening Meetings Start 7.30pm upstairs at the Chantry Morpeth

 

Longframlington Pipers 2014

5 February 2014

Longframlington pipers session

Longframlington Pipers Weekly

at Longframlington Memorial Hall,

Northumberland,

NE65 8AH

     

 

Meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm except Christmas week, weather permitting, in the Memorial Hall, Rothbury Road, Longframlington. Northumberland NE65 8AH  Contact Gill Sergeant, 0191 2591752, email gsat5jed@gmail.com or visit their websitewww.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners.

more >>

 

London Group Meeting

5 February 2014

London Group Meeting

London Group : 

 

The London Pipers meet from around 6.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month in the upper room of The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8JR, at the junction of Wren Street.  This is approximately equidistant  from Kings Cross, Chancery Lane and Russell Square tube stations, a walk of 10 mins or so.  For any further details contact Francis Wood, 020 7791 0072, email smallpipes@gmail.com or Graham Wells,  020 8943 3589, emailgrahamwhwells@aol.com

 

Northants Group

7 February 2014

Northants group

Northants group meet at Peter Dunn's at 7.30pm : .dunn@uwclub.net : 01536 482475

more >>

 

St Oswalds Group 2014

8 February 2014

Playing group

10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday.

  Louise Woodman 01670 789750

more >>

 

Longframlington Pipers 2014

12 February 2014

Longframlington pipers session

Longframlington Pipers Weekly

at Longframlington Memorial Hall,

Northumberland,

NE65 8AH

     

Meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm except Christmas week, weather permitting, in the Memorial Hall, Rothbury Road, Longframlington. Northumberland NE65 8AH  Contact Gill Sergeant, 0191 2591752, email gsat5jed@gmail.com or visit their websitewww.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners.

more >>

 

NPS Cleveland Branch Meetings

12 February 2014

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

more >>

 

Stakeford Traditional Music Session

13 February 2014

Lynn Nicholson's music session

Traditional Music Session at Stakeford and Bomarsund Social Welfare Club NE62 5UD from 1 pm - 5 pm - bring lunch if you wish, tea/coffee etc available. 

All instruments welcome, well almost!  Contact: Lynn, 01670 815326

NE62 5UD

 

more >>

 

Spittal Northumbrian Piping Group

13 February 2014

Spittal Northumbrian Piping Group

Spittal Northumbrian Piping Group - 

Berwick (Spittal) Pipers meet at the Blenheim Hotel, Spittal TD15 1RD from 7.30 pm. 

Second Thursday of the month, at 7.30.  This group has been set up by seven Alnwick and Longframlington Pipers, who wish to establish a more northerly outpost for pipers, and other instruments in Fpitch, initially just to play but perhaps for local audiences and charities etc. For further details contact Bobbie Prentice on 018907 71230 or bobbie.prentice@btconnect.com or Lyndon Purvis on 01289  386536 or humbug0802@hotmail.co.uk

more >>

 

St Oswalds Group 2014

15 February 2014

Playing group

10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday.

 Louise Woodman 01670 789750

more >>

 

Salisbury Piping Group

15 February 2014

Salisbury Group

Salisbury Group:

The Salisbury Group meets on the third Saturday of the month, usually at Ian Curr's house in Salisbury. Sessions last 2-5pm (approx) and players of all abilities are welcome. Tuition is provided separately for beginners during the first half hour or so. It is hoped to hold some pub sessions on the first Monday of the month from April. Please confirm all venues and timings by emailing i.curr@ntlworld.com or srahmarks@aol.com in advance.

more >>

 

NPS Saturday meeting Chantry

15 February 2014

NPS Saturday meeting Chantry 2014

 

Starters’ Session at 1.30 for beginners of all ages!

Followed by the regular playing session at the Chantry Morpeth Northumberland. 

Starting at 2-30pm the group will be lead by different experienced pipers

Location  The Chantry, Bridge St, Morpeth NE61 1PD 

 

 

Longframlington Pipers 2014

19 February 2014

Longframlington pipers session

Longframlington Pipers Weekly

at Longframlington Memorial Hall,

Northumberland,

NE65 8AH

Meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm except Christmas week, weather permitting, in the Memorial Hall, Rothbury Road, Longframlington. Northumberland NE65 8AH  Contact Gill Sergeant, 0191 2591752, email gsat5jed@gmail.com or visit their websitewww.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners.

more >>

 

Salisbury Group

19 February 2014

Salisbury Group

Salisbury Group:

The Salisbury Group meets on the third Saturday of the month, usually at Ian Curr's house in Salisbury. Sessions last 2-5pm (approx) and players of all abilities are welcome. Tuition is provided separately for beginners during the first half hour or so. It is hoped to hold some pub sessions on the first Monday of the month from April. Please confirm all venues and timings by emailing i.curr@ntlworld.com or srahmarks@aol.com in advance.

more >>

 

Oxford Group

19 February 2014

Oxford Group

Oxford Group : 

Meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month except August 7.30 to 10.00 in the Baptist Church Hall, Lombard Street, Eynsham OX29 4HT  We also meet on occasional Sundays through the year in St Margaret's Institute, Polstead Road Oxford OX2 6TW from 1300 to 1600, with bring and share lunch from 1200.  We welcome pipers of all abilities and usually have hire sets available for beginners.  For more details, or to check that the venue hasn't changed (it does occasionally) contact Mike Dobson on 01242 5209365, email Oxfordpiping@aol.com.

more >>

 

The Fenland (Cambridge) Group

19 February 2014

The Fenland - Cambridge group

The Fenland Chapter (Cambridge Group):

Meet in the White Horse at Barton, >http://www.thewhitehorseinnbarton.co.uk/ near Cambridge, CB23 7BG, at 8pm on the third Wednesday of each month; contact Ross Anderson email ross@piob.info and phone 01223 334733

more >>

 

The Lads Like Beer

21 February 2014

Graham Dixon's launch of his CD celebrating the music of James Hill

At St Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead.

more >>

 

 

Northants Group

21 February 2014

Northants group

Northants group meet at Peter Dunn's at 7.30pm : .dunn@uwclub.net : 01536 482475

more >>

 

South Cumbria/North Lancs pipers group

21 February 2014

South Cumbria / North Lancashire pipers meet at 7.30 pm at Ian and Liza Henderson’s house, 53 Emesgate Lane, Silverdale LA5 0RN phil@gruar.net

more >>

 

St Oswalds Group 2014

22 February 2014

Playing group

10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday.

  Louise Woodman 01670 789750

more >>

 

Longframlington Pipers 2014

26 February 2014

Longframlington pipers session

Longframlington Pipers Weekly

at Longframlington Memorial Hall,

Northumberland,

NE65 8AH

  

Meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm except Christmas week, weather permitting, in the Memorial Hall, Rothbury Road, Longframlington. Northumberland NE65 8AH  Contact Gill Sergeant, 0191 2591752, email gsat5jed@gmail.com or visit their websitewww.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners.

more >>

 

Cleveland Branch Practice

26 February 2014

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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Alnwick Pipers' Society

26 February 2014

Alnwick Pipers' Society Monthly meeting

Alnwick Pipers' Society : 

 

Meetings / playing sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except August) in the Farriers Arms, Shilbottle,  Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2XX starting at 8.00 pm. The Society also has its own music books and CDs for sale available through their website. Visit www.alnwickpipers.co.uk to find out more.   g.prentice@btconnect.com  Check Diary for location changes as well http://www.alnwickpipers.co.uk/Diary.htm

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New Beamish Session – please check with Dave, as building works may still be happening!

26 February 2014

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

dave@daveshaw.co.uk

 '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)

 

Northumbrian Smallpiping Weekend at Halsway Manor

28 February 2014 00:00 to 02 March 2014 23:59

Northumbrian Smallpiping Weekend at Halsway Manor

at Halsway Manor, National Centre for the Folk Arts

Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD

Now Including an absolute beginners session on the 1st March, instruments provided.

HALSWAY MANOR NORTHUMBRIAN SMALLPIPES WEEKEND

Tutors: Andy May, Pauline Cato, Chris Evans, Rob Say, Francis Wood.

For pipers of all abilities, this popular weekend provides a thoroughly enjoyable opportunity to develop your ability, technique and repertoire. The course starts on Friday evening with an introductory session to assess people’s needs and a tune session in the bar, followed by workshops all day Saturday and Sunday. Our 5 highly experienced tutors ensure that workshop groups aren’t too big and that all participants get the support they need. For total beginners interested in ‘having-a-go’ see details of our Smallpipes Taster Day...

Full board per person: £160-£200 per person. 
New this year! Sat 1 March / 10am-4pm

NORTHUMBRIAN SMALLPIPES TASTER DAY

Tutor: Francis Wood. 
Pipes provided (simple teaching sets - ideal for beginners). This will be a practical workshop, with a maximum of six participants. Francis will introduce you (gently!) to playing technique, while also giving some insight into the history and development of the instrument.

Price per person: £30 to include tuition, instrument hire, tea, coffee and lunch – bargain!

Stay for Saturday dinner and concert: £20

Sat 1 March / 8pm

NORTHUMBRIAN SMALLPIPES CONCERT

Andy May, Pauline Cato, Chris Evans, Rob Say, Francis Wood.

£8 / £2 full time students of any age. Weekend course participants free.

For more information and to book contact Halsway Manor on 01984 618274.Visit www.halswaymanor.org.uk

 

 

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