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Text Message Northumbrian Pipers’ Society events newsmail December 2015 A special news item for composers The Alwinton Summer Concert Series http://www.alwintonconcerts.org/is asking for original pieces inspired by traditional music for folk fiddle or Northumbrian pipes, piano accordion, cello and Scottish lever harp (not concert harp). The winning piece will be performed at Alnwinton next year by Kathryn Tickell and the Side on 7th May 2016. Maximum performance time should be five minutes, unconducted and rehearsable. The winning three pieces will be decided on Friday March 11, and should ‘engage with the tradition from which Kathryn and The Side take their inspiration – in broad terms the folk music tradition of the British Isles’, not necessarily a piece of modern folk music but one that uses elements of this tradition in an imaginative and effective way.’ Entries should be submitted under a pseudonym by March 11 2016 – further information from ajones_44@hotmail.com. We wish you all inspiration and look forward to attending that concert to hear the winning tune! Composer's Competition: composers will be invited to write a short piece for The Side. Three finalists will be selected from scores submitted and played through in a Public Workshop at 2.00pm. The winning work will be included in the evening concert on 7th May 2016. Judges: Kathryn Tickell, Alistair Anderson and John Casken. Christmas present ideas! (Other CDs are of course available!) Some of you may have met the Northumbrian Ranters when they visited America recently and others will have heard their performances throughout Northumberland with an evolving membership of young musicians from Northumberland schools. A new CD called ‘Evolution’ is now available for £10 plus £2 p+p (cheque payable to Northumberland County Council) from Fiona Johnstone, Music Partnership North, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Northumberland NE61 2EF or fionajohnson@northumberland.gov.uk. Here (I hope) is a link to their performance last week : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uutd_wH8Js A CD to support Morpeth’s Northumbrian Gathering The Morpeth CD An album of music with links to a Northumberland town is to be launched to raise funds for an annual community event. The Morpeth’s Music CD features songs, tunes and spoken extracts from local choirs, bands and soloists performing old and new music relating to the town. The Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering is hosting the launch at 6pm in the Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum on December 3. The CD includes traditional items such as the Morpeth Rant and more modern songs from the last century, plus specially composed pieces created for the gathering, the annual festival of local culture which has run each spring for almost 50 years. The Gathering’s commissioned items include Jez Lowe’s song on the Morpeth Olympics sung by Benny Graham, the York Waits’ tune for William Turner, Derek Hobbs’s brass band arrangement of the Mary Hollon Waltz for Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band, special arrangements by Graham Stacy for Voice Male choir, and Colin Bradford’s setting of a wartime song by Morpeth Minstrel Charlie Shaw, sung by the Gathering’s figurehead Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes. Also featured is Stewart Hardy’s suite of tunes commissioned by Mayor Nic Best last year for the Town Hall’s 300th birthday. There are also spoken extracts from locally-born Dr Who and RSC actor Rod Arthur reading historic snippets about Morpeth’s colourful characters and events. Other performers on the CD include New Voices Choir, the young group Fligarishon, local musicians and singers John Bibby and Kim Bibby-Wilson and a variety of pipers - smallpiper Paul Knox playing a tune by Alistair Anderson written for the Gathering’s Silver Jubilee, the Northumbrian ensemble Pipers’ Fancy with tunes by Roy Hugman commemorating Emily Davison, Border Piper Matt Seattle with his tune evoking the Civil War Siege of Morpeth Castle, and Highland piper Stewart Todd with Dougie Pincock’s tune ‘Morpeth Highland Pipe Band’s Salute to the Chantry’. Even the town’s historic curfew bell gets a hearing, recorded live at 8pm one night last year and rung by Meg Wilson of the Clock Tower Bellringers. Gathering organiser Kim Bibby-Wilson said: “We’re delighted that this CD, which has been in preparation for quite some time and has depended on a lot of people’s efforts, is due to be released.” After the launch night, copies of the CD will be available from the Chantry and direct from the gathering Committee - details from 01670 513308 DIARY OF EVENTS IN DECEMBER 1December 2015 Salisbury Pipers playing at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas, Salisbury 11 – 11.45 am. 2 December 2015 Longframlington pipers playing at Heighley Gate Garden Centre, north of Morpeth, from 11.15 – 3pm. 2 December 2015 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, or email grahamwhwells@aol.com 5 December 2015 Breakfast Folk Group folk music session at Trinity Christian Community centre, Freeman Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1SX Every Saturday morning at 9.30 am The session is aimed at folk musicians with families who can't attend evening pub sessions - players of all ages and abilities are welcome and all instruments are welcome. website www.thebreakfastfolk.co.uk contact Daniel Parkin danparkin1@gmail.com Please note the Breakfast Folk will not meet on 19th and 26th, nor 2nd January 2016. 5 December 2015 Gateshead St Marys Playing session at St Mary’s Heritage Centre in Gateshead. A regular piping session where all abilities are welcome. This friendly playing group share much loved tunes and learn new ones in the beautiful setting of Gateshead Heritage Centre on the Gateshead Quayside next to the Sage Gateshead. The session happens on the first Saturday of the month. This is a drop in session starting at 11am and running until 1pm. The players all get to use the space for a small donation of £1 each to the Centre. 5 December 2015 Gateshead St Marys Pipermakers group meet at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead NE8 2AU, following the Piping meeting in the morning. 5 December 2015 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. 6 December 2015 Yorkshire Pipers meet today at John’s place in York – for information contact nickhopkinson100@yahoo.co.uk 6 December 2015 Blank Canvas –Showcasing Local Talent. The first session had 7 acts including 3 poets, and had a lovely atmosphere and a free buffet – but no pipers, who would be very welcome! See what’s happening at The Duke of Wellington Inn, NE43 7UL fortnightly – in December this is on 6th and 20th. For further information ring Brian on 01667 844446 or email info@thedukeofwellingtoninn.co.uk 8 December 2015 Salisbury Pipers playing at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas, Salisbury 1.50 – 2.45 am. 9 December 2015 Longframlington Pipers 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 website: www.longframlingtonpipers.org. Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners. 9 December 2015 Cleveland Branch 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. For further details contact David Cook at clevelandsec@northumbrianpipers.org.uk 10 December 2015 Berwick (Spittal) Pipers meet at the Blenheim Hotel, Spittal TD15 1RD from 7.30 pm on the 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 12 December 2015 Breakfast Folk Group folk music session at Trinity Christian Community centre, Freeman Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1SX Every Saturday morning at 9.30 am The session is aimed at folk musicians with families who can't attend evening pub sessions - players of all ages and abilities are welcome and all instruments are welcome. website www.thebreakfastfolk.co.uk contact Daniel Parkin danparkin1@gmail.com 16 December 2015 Longframlington Pipers will be playing today after lunch at the Northumberland Arms, Felton, and usually 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 website: www.longframlingtonpipers.org. Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners. 16 December 2015 The Oxford Group meets on the third Wednesday of the month 7.30 –10 in the Baptist Church Hall, Eynsham, just to the west of Oxford. Our occasional Sunday meetings are held at St. Margaret's Institute in Oxford. For more details and inclusion on mailing list, contact Mike Dobson 01242 520936, mdobsons@aol.com or oxfordpipers@hotmail.co.uk. 16 December 2015 South Devon Pipers A small group meeting usually on the third Wednesday of the month from 7.30 pm, at 7 Southcote Orchard, Totnes TQ9 5PA, mainly playing with F pipes but sometimes G. Contact Myrna and Martin Luff on 01803 840868 or martin.luff@gmx.com. 16 December 2015 The Fenland Chapter (Cambridge Group) meet at 8pm on the third Wednesday of each month at various venues - contact Ross Anderson at pipes@ross-anderson.com for details. 18 December 2015 South Cumbria/North Lancs pipers group South Cumbria / North Lancashire pipers meet at 7.30 pm at Ian and Liza Henderson’s house, 53 Emesgate Lane, Silverdale LA5 0RN. Contact: philip@gruar.clara.net or i.henderson108@btinternet.com 19 December 2015 The Salisbury group is meeting a week earlier, from 2 – 5 pm in Salisbury, at Ian Curr’s house, for their Christmas session with mince pies! For details contact srahmarks@aol.com or i.curr@ntlworld.com. Tuition is provided separately for beginners during the first half hour. 19 December 2015 NPS Saturday meeting Beginners at 1.30, then the regular playing session upstairs at the Chantry, Morpeth, Northumberland. Christmas theme this month, with bag competition and festive food! 20 December 2015 Blank Canvas –Showcasing Local Talent. The first session had 7 acts including 3 poets and had a lovely atmosphere and a free buffet – but no pipers, who would be very welcome! See what’s happening at The Duke of Wellington Inn, NE43 7UL fortnightly – in December on 6th and 20th. For further information ring Brian on 01667 844446 or email info@thedukeofwellingtoninn.co.uk 20 December 2015 The Pacific Northwest Northumbrian Piping Group will meet at their regular third Sunday location from noon – 5pm. 23 December 2015 Alnwick Pipers' Society Monthly meeting 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 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 25 December 2015 Northants group meet Last Friday of the Month in Kettering on Friday, 7.30-10.00 pm. Please contact Peter Dunn, 01536 482475 or e-mail: p.dunn@uwclub.net for further details. 26 December 2015 Wannies Yomp and Session. If you are in Northumberland and need to recover from the previous day, weather and circumstances permitting, meet at the top of Wannie Crag at around 11 am to play in celebration of the end of the festive season! Bacon butties courtesy of Barry Say (pipers take precedence – numbers helpful please). Pipers will join the less hardy element in the Gun at Ridsdale NE48 2TF from 12 noon. barry12@npipes.co.uk 30 December 2015 Longframlington Pipers 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 website: www.longframlingtonpipers.org. Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners. No Beamish Session this month – next is 27 January 2016. Usually 8pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Home Farm, Beamish Museum DH9 0RG. F & G pitch pipes and other instruments welcome. Dave Shaw 0120 7231474 dave@daveshaw.co.uk AND FINALLY: well, it is the season to release CDs! Rothbury-born celebrity Alexander Armstrong sings (his own words to) Rothbury Hills on his new CDhere (track 12) accompanied by a Northumbrian smallpiper of impeccable authenticity! WISHING YOU A PEACEFUL HOLIDAY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you have dates you would like circulated in the January email or adding to the NPS website for December or beyond, please email Pam at secretary@northumbrianpipers.org.uk or Mark at webmaster@northumbrianpipers.org.uk If we’ve missed anything – please let us know and we’ll add it to the website. To subscribe, please email webmaster@northumbrianpipers.org.uk or to unsubscribe yourself, click here
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   Northumbrian Pipers’ Society events newsmail December 2015

 

A special news item for composers 

 


The Alwinton Summer Concert Series  http://www.alwintonconcerts.org/is asking for original pieces inspired by traditional music for folk fiddle or

Northumbrian pipes, piano accordion, cello and Scottish lever harp (not concert harp).  The winning piece will be performed at Alnwinton next year by Kathryn Tickell and the Side on 7th May 2016.  Maximum performance time should be five minutes, unconducted and rehearsable.  

 

The winning three pieces will be decided on Friday March 11, and should ‘engage with the tradition from which Kathryn and The Side take their inspiration – in broad terms the folk music tradition of the British Isles’, not necessarily a piece of modern folk music but one that uses elements of this tradition in an imaginative and effective way.’  

 

Entries should be submitted under a pseudonym by March 11 2016 – further information from ajones_44@hotmail.com.  

 

We wish you all inspiration and look forward to attending that concert to hear the winning tune!  

 

Composer's Competition: composers will be invited to write a short piece for The Side. Three finalists will be selected from scores submitted and played through in a Public Workshop at 2.00pm. The winning work will be included in the evening concert on 7th May 2016. Judges: Kathryn Tickell, Alistair Anderson and John Casken.


 


 

Christmas present ideas!  (Other CDs are of course available!)  

Some of you may have met the Northumbrian Ranters when they visited America recently and others will have heard their performances throughout Northumberland with an evolving membership of young musicians from Northumberland schools.  A new CD called ‘Evolution’ is now available for £10 plus £2 p+p (cheque payable to Northumberland County Council) from Fiona Johnstone, Music Partnership North, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Northumberland NE61 2EF or  fionajohnson@northumberland.gov.uk.  Here (I hope) is

a link to their performance last week :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uutd_wH8Js

 

A CD to support Morpeth’s Northumbrian Gathering

 

The Morpeth CD

 

An album of music with links to a Northumberland town is to be launched to raise funds for an annual community event. The Morpeth’s Music CD features songs, tunes and spoken extracts from local choirs, bands and soloists performing old and new music relating to the town.  The Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering is hosting the launch at 6pm in the Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum on December 3.

 

The CD includes traditional items such as the Morpeth Rant and more modern songs from the last century, plus specially composed pieces created for the gathering, the annual festival of local culture which has run each spring for almost 50 years. The Gathering’s commissioned items include Jez Lowe’s song on the Morpeth Olympics sung by Benny Graham, the York Waits’ tune for William Turner, Derek Hobbs’s brass band arrangement of the Mary Hollon Waltz for Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band, special arrangements by Graham Stacy for Voice Male choir, and Colin Bradford’s setting of a wartime song by Morpeth Minstrel Charlie Shaw, sung by the Gathering’s figurehead Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes.  Also featured is Stewart Hardy’s suite of tunes commissioned by Mayor Nic Best last year for the Town Hall’s 300th birthday.  

 

There are also spoken extracts from locally-born Dr Who and RSC actor Rod Arthur reading historic snippets about Morpeth’s colourful characters and events.  Other performers on the CD include New Voices Choir, the young group Fligarishon, local musicians and singers John Bibby and Kim Bibby-Wilson and a variety of pipers - smallpiper Paul Knox playing a tune by Alistair Anderson written for the Gathering’s Silver Jubilee, the Northumbrian ensemble Pipers’ Fancy with tunes by Roy Hugman commemorating Emily Davison, Border Piper Matt Seattle with his tune evoking the Civil War Siege of Morpeth Castle, and Highland piper Stewart Todd with Dougie Pincock’s tune ‘Morpeth Highland Pipe Band’s Salute to the Chantry’.  Even the town’s historic curfew bell gets a hearing, recorded live at 8pm one night last year and rung by Meg Wilson of the Clock Tower Bellringers. 

 

Gathering organiser Kim Bibby-Wilson said: “We’re delighted that this CD, which has been in preparation for quite some time and has depended on a lot of people’s efforts, is due to be released.” After the launch night, copies of the CD will be available from the Chantry and direct from the gathering Committee - details from 01670 513308

 

DIARY OF EVENTS IN DECEMBER

1December 2015

Salisbury Pipers playing at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas, Salisbury 11 – 11.45 am.  

 

2 December 2015

Longframlington pipers playing at Heighley Gate Garden Centre, north of Morpeth, from 11.15 – 3pm.   

 

2 December 2015

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, or email grahamwhwells@aol.com

 

5 December 2015 

Breakfast Folk Group folk music session at Trinity Christian Community centre, Freeman Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1SX Every Saturday morning at 9.30 am  The session is aimed at folk musicians with families who can't attend evening pub sessions - players of all ages and abilities are welcome and all instruments are welcome.   website www.thebreakfastfolk.co.uk contact Daniel Parkin danparkin1@gmail.com 

Please note the Breakfast Folk will not meet on 19th and 26th, nor 2nd January 2016. 

 

5 December 2015

Gateshead St Marys Playing session at St Mary’s Heritage Centre in Gateshead. A regular piping session where all abilities are welcome. This friendly playing group share much loved tunes and learn new ones in the beautiful setting of Gateshead Heritage Centre on the Gateshead Quayside next to the Sage Gateshead.  The session happens on the first Saturday of the month. This is a drop in session starting at 11am and running until 1pm. The players all get to use the space for a small donation of £1 each to the Centre. 

 

5 December 2015

Gateshead St Marys Pipermakers group  meet at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead NE8 2AU, following the Piping meeting in the morning.  

 

5 December 2015

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.

 

6 December 2015

Yorkshire Pipers meet today at John’s place in York – for information contact nickhopkinson100@yahoo.co.uk

 

6 December 2015

Blank Canvas –Showcasing Local Talent.  The first session had 7 acts including 3 poets, and had a lovely atmosphere and a free buffet – but no pipers, who would be very welcome!  See what’s happening at The Duke of Wellington Inn, NE43 7UL fortnightly – in December this is on 6th and 20th. For further information ring Brian on 01667 844446 or email info@thedukeofwellingtoninn.co.uk 

 

8 December 2015

Salisbury Pipers playing at the Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas, Salisbury 1.50 – 2.45 am.  

 

9 December 2015

Longframlington Pipers 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 website: www.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners.

 

9 December 2015

Cleveland Branch 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. For further details contact David Cook at clevelandsec@northumbrianpipers.org.uk

 

10 December 2015

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

 

12 December 2015 

Breakfast Folk Group folk music session at Trinity Christian Community centre, Freeman Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1SX Every Saturday morning at 9.30 am  The session is aimed at folk musicians with families who can't attend evening pub sessions - players of all ages and abilities are welcome and all instruments are welcome.   website www.thebreakfastfolk.co.uk contact Daniel Parkin danparkin1@gmail.com 

 

16 December 2015

Longframlington Pipers will be playing today after lunch at the Northumberland Arms, Felton, and usually 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 website: www.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners.

 

16 December 2015

The Oxford Group meets on the third Wednesday of the month 7.30 –10 in the Baptist Church Hall, Eynsham, just to the west of Oxford.  Our occasional Sunday meetings are held at St. Margaret's Institute in Oxford. For more details and inclusion on mailing list, contact Mike Dobson 01242 520936, mdobsons@aol.com or oxfordpipers@hotmail.co.uk.  

 

16 December 2015 South Devon Pipers

A small group meeting usually on the third Wednesday of the month from 7.30 pm, at 7 Southcote Orchard, Totnes TQ9 5PA, mainly playing with F pipes but sometimes G. Contact Myrna and Martin Luff on 01803 840868 or martin.luff@gmx.com.

 

16 December 2015

The Fenland Chapter (Cambridge Group) meet at 8pm on the third Wednesday of each month at various venues - contact Ross Anderson at pipes@ross-anderson.com for details.  

 

18 December 2015 South Cumbria/North Lancs pipers group

South Cumbria / North Lancashire pipers meet at 7.30 pm at Ian and Liza Henderson’s house, 53 Emesgate Lane, Silverdale LA5 0RN. Contact: philip@gruar.clara.net or i.henderson108@btinternet.com 

 

19 December 2015

The Salisbury group is meeting a week earlier, from 2 – 5 pm in Salisbury, at Ian Curr’s house, for their Christmas session with mince pies! For details contact srahmarks@aol.com or i.curr@ntlworld.com.  Tuition is provided separately for beginners during the first half hour.  

 

19 December 2015 NPS Saturday meeting 

Beginners at 1.30, then the regular playing session upstairs at the Chantry, Morpeth,

Northumberland. Christmas theme this month, with bag competition and festive food!  

 

20 December 2015

Blank Canvas –Showcasing Local Talent.  The first session had 7 acts including 3 poets and had a lovely atmosphere and a free buffet – but no pipers, who would be very welcome!  See what’s happening at The Duke of Wellington Inn, NE43 7UL fortnightly – in December on 6th and 20th. For further information ring Brian on 01667 844446 or email info@thedukeofwellingtoninn.co.uk

 

20 December 2015

The Pacific Northwest Northumbrian Piping Group will meet at their regular third Sunday location from noon – 5pm.

 

23 December 2015 Alnwick Pipers' Society Monthly meeting

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 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

 

25 December 2015

Northants group meet Last Friday of the Month in Kettering on Friday, 7.30-10.00 pm.

Please contact Peter Dunn, 01536 482475 or e-mail: p.dunn@uwclub.net for further details.

 

26 December 2015

Wannies Yomp and Session.  If you are in Northumberland and need to recover from the previous day, weather and circumstances permitting, meet at the top of Wannie Crag at around 11 am to play in celebration of the end of the festive season!  Bacon butties courtesy of Barry Say (pipers take precedence – numbers helpful please).  Pipers will join the less hardy element in the Gun at Ridsdale NE48 2TF from 12 noon.  barry12@npipes.co.uk

 

 

 

30 December 2015

Longframlington Pipers 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 website: www.longframlingtonpipers.org.  Players of all abilities welcome, particularly beginners.

 

No Beamish Session this month – next is 27 January 2016.  

Usually 8pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Home Farm, Beamish Museum DH9 0RG. F & G pitch pipes and other instruments welcome. Dave Shaw  0120 7231474 dave@daveshaw.co.uk

 

AND FINALLY:  well, it is the season to release CDs!  Rothbury-born celebrity Alexander Armstrong sings (his own words to) Rothbury Hills on his new CDhere (track 12) accompanied by a Northumbrian smallpiper of impeccable authenticity!   

 

 

WISHING YOU A PEACEFUL HOLIDAY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

If you have dates you would like circulated in the January email  or adding to the NPS website for December or beyond, 

please email Pam at secretary@northumbrianpipers.org.uk or Mark at webmaster@northumbrianpipers.org.uk

 

If we’ve missed anything – please let us know and we’ll add it to the website.

 

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