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Text Message Northumbrian Pipers’ Society Events newsmail – April 2014 Many thanks to all who’ve sent their annual subscription by standing order, Paypal or cheque: this is much appreciated, and even more so if you’ve been able to sign a UK Gift Aid declaration. Email secretary@northumbrianpipers.org.uk if you need more information about subs or gift aid. Online Shop News. The new Omnibus CD is proving very popular, and orders are coming in steadily. It really is easier than ever to buy NPS tunebooks. Even if you don’t want to buy at the moment, do browse the new shop. It is a really great facility, thanks to our webmaster Mark and bookseller Julia! And if you do buy, remember to claim your member’s discount first by following the prompts here: shop.northumbrianpipers.org.uk Get the benefit of being an NPS member - it is worth it! Stock and pipemaking materials are also available by phone or post to Julia, of course. Our Archivist, Richard Heard, writes: The archivist would like to thank Glenn Baggott for his reply to the appeal for information about the Burl Ives questions, and also Frances Dower for her suggestion about follow-up research. Another recent inquiry highlighted an interesting problem. The Archivist knew nothing on the subject asked about, and suggested a neutral reply to the enquirer, but was then told that someone in the area has researched that very subject. There is almost a certainly a wealth of information ‘out there’, with people researching all sorts of piping history for their own interest. The Archivist would like to suggest that researchers could write a brief note for the Newsletter or the Journal describing any interesting findings. A second suggestion is to maintain a 'register of research' so that members have some idea of who they might ask about a question of history or research, and what is already being done. Perhaps, even, the committee might consider including this information in the next Members' Handbook? Find A Piper Web Page Thank you to those who have given us details for our new web page – please continue to let us know if you are interested in being contacted for piping opportunities. Here is an example of the sort of enquiries we get – do let Sarah know if you can help, please. Sarah Hodge is currently in her third year in Community Music at Sunderland University. For her final year project she is holding a event called Folk Garden at the Alnwick Garden, and is looking for folk musicians form the north east to perform during the day. The event is on Saturday 26th April 2014 between 12 and 4pm, and she was wondering if any pipers would be interested in performing for a 20 minutes slot, with some payment mentioned. If you would like any more information please contact Sarah at: sarahsue_12345@hotmail.co.uk Do you have any ideas about how the NPS can build on its current value to members or increase awareness of Northumbrian piping? If so, please consider coming onto the committee! Meetings are every other month in Newcastle upon Tyne, but Skype is a possibility and the committee email list keeps discussions going between times – contact any committee member or secretary@northumbrianpipers.org.uk April listings from the calendar page of the NPS website: Date: 2 April 2014 – 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. Date: 2 April 2014 – 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 4 April - Northants Group Details: Northants group meet at Peter Dunn's at 7.30pm : .dunn@uwclub.net : 01536 482475 5 April - St Oswalds Group 10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, every Saturday. Louise Woodman 01670 789750 7 April - NPS Chantry Meeting Monday Northumbrian Pipers Society playaround Monday Evening Meetings Start 7.30pm at the Chantry Morpeth – this month led by Lynn Nicholson, with a Shetland theme! 9 April - Longframlington Pipers 2014 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. 9 April - NPS Cleveland Branch Meetings 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 10 April - Stakeford Traditional 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 10 April - 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. 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 11 April - Longframlington Pipers Charity Concert 2014 A musical evening with a variety of entertainment, this year iSummary: n aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. In the Memorial Hall, Rothbury Road, Longframlington at 7.30 p.m. Adults £4.00 U16 £2.00 (Pay at the door on the night.) With raffle and refreshments (bring your own drinks). Details: All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support More information from Gill Sergeant 01912 591 752 12 April - Manchester Pipers Group (moved from first Saturday) 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. 12 April - St Oswalds Group 2014 Details: 10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, every Saturday. Louise Woodman 01670 789750 12 April – Yorkshire Pipers Meeting at Stonegate Farm, Whixley YO26 8AS – phone Ian on 01423 330321 16 April - Longframlington Pipers 2014 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. 16 April - 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. 16 April - The Fenland (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 18 April - Northants Group The group meets at Peter Dunn's at 7.30pm : .dunn@uwclub.net : 01536 482475 18 April - South Cumbria/North Lancs pipers group The group meets at 7.30 pm at Ian and Liza Henderson’s house, 53 Emesgate Lane, Silverdale LA5 0RN phil@gruar.net 19 April - St Oswalds Group 2014 10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, every Saturday. Louise Woodman 01670 789750 19 April - NPS Saturday meeting Chantry DetailsRegular playing session upstairs at the Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Morpeth Northumberland, starting at 2-30pm, with beginners’ session at 1.30pm. 23 April - 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. 23 April - Cleveland Branch Practice 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. 23 April Alnwick Pipers' Society AGM and Summary: monthly meeting in the Farriers Arms, Shilbottle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2XX starting at 8.00 pm.Details: 25 – 27 April – Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering For programme details see: www.northumbriana.org.uk The festival includes a vast array of competitions including crafts, performance and writing. Events of local interest nave been added to the programme of concerts, singarounds, barn dance, storytelling. theatre and street performance which includes a young people's pageant as part of the Border Cavalcade. The emphasis of the Gathering is firmly upon the native traditions of Northumberland and. whilst there is plenty of scope for traditional music from all over the British Isles within the festival, the wealth of local culture is well to the fore. This is not blind parochialism by any means, but an attempt to maintain and spread the time-honoured distinctive and worthwhile features of Northumberland and its heritage. The Border Cavalcade is a re-enactment of the return of Lord Greystoke from the Battle of Otterburn in 1388. The Cavalcades celebrate neither victory nor defeat, but rather the spirit of Borderers caught up in the web of everlasting conflict at a frontier. Led by Border half-long pipers the Cavalcade and a pageant created by children from local schools, leaves St James's Church, Copper Chare at approx. 10.45am and arrives at the Town Hall at 11 am to be welcomed by the costumed Morpeth Gadgy (the Town Bailiff) and the Mayor of Castle Morpeth. The army's flag is waved ceremonially, rosettes are presented and the Cavalcade processes to the end of Bridge Street, then turns and processes back to the Town Hall. The pageant is followed by street performances throughout the day. One of the leading figures behind the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering was Roland Bibby a true advocate of Northumberland and its traditions He founded the festival's publication, 'Northumbriana'. a magazine featuring articles on the county's history, dialect, folklore, traditions, natural history, literature and architecture and entries to the writing and music competitions, From this developed the Northumbrian Language Society, a charity whose aim is to preserve, study and enjoy the historic language (more than just a dialect) of Northumberland and North Durham which is the direct descendant of the Anglian tongue of Bede. Information on "Northumbriana" and the Northumbrian Language Society can be had from the administrative queries address. 26 April - Salisbury Piping Group This month, please bring the Spring NPS newsletter, to play Chris Ormston’s The Ranting Shieldsman, written in honour of Colin Ross’s 80th birthday.Details: 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. 26 April – Pipemakers Co-operative Meets at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead from 10 am. 26 April - St Oswalds Group 10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, every Saturday. Louise Woodman 01670 789750 27 April – Turks Head session At the Turks Head, Rothbury – all musicians welcome for a concert session from 6 – 9 pm. For info, tel Richard Johnstone on 01669 621841. 30 April - 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. 30 April - 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 If you have dates to add to the May email or the NPS website for May or beyond, please email secretary@northumbrianpipers.org.uk or 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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  Northumbrian Pipers’ Society Events newsmail – April 2014

 

Many thanks to all who’ve sent their annual subscription  by standing order, Paypal or cheque: this is much appreciated, and even more so if you’ve been able to sign a UK Gift Aid declaration.

Email secretary@northumbrianpipers.org.uk if you need more information about subs or gift aid.

 

Online Shop News.   The new Omnibus CD is proving very popular, and orders are coming in steadily.  It really is easier than ever to buy NPS tunebooks.  Even if you don’t want to buy at the moment, do browse the new shop.  It is a really great facility, thanks to our webmaster Mark and bookseller Julia!  And if you do buy, remember to claim your member’s discount first by following the prompts here: shop.northumbrianpipers.org.uk   Get the benefit of being an NPS member - it is worth it!  Stock and pipemaking materials are also available by phone or post to Julia, of course.

 

Our Archivist, Richard Heard, writes: The archivist would like to thank Glenn Baggott for his reply to the appeal for information about the Burl Ives questions, and also Frances Dower for her suggestion about follow-up research.

 

Another recent inquiry highlighted an interesting problem.  The Archivist knew nothing on the subject asked about, and suggested a neutral reply to the enquirer, but was then told that someone in the area has researched that very subject.  There is almost a certainly a wealth of information ‘out there’, with people researching all sorts of piping history for their own interest.  The Archivist would like to suggest that researchers could write a brief note for the Newsletter or the Journal describing any interesting findings.  A second suggestion is to maintain a 'register of research' so that members have some idea of who they might ask about a question of history or research, and what is already being done.  Perhaps, even, the committee might consider including this information in the next Members' Handbook?

 

Find A Piper Web Page  Thank you to those who have given us details for our new web page – please continue to let us know if you are interested in being contacted for piping opportunities.

Here is an example of the sort of enquiries we get – do let Sarah know if you can help, please.

 

Sarah Hodge is currently in her third year in Community Music at Sunderland University. For her final year project she is holding a event called Folk Garden at the Alnwick Garden, and is looking for folk musicians form the north east to perform during the day. The event is on Saturday 26th April 2014 between 12 and 4pm, and she was wondering if any pipers would be interested in performing for a 20 minutes slot, with some payment mentioned. If you would like any more information please contact Sarah at: sarahsue_12345@hotmail.co.uk

 

Do you have any ideas about how the NPS can build on its current value to members or increase awareness of Northumbrian piping?  If so, please consider coming onto the committee!  Meetings are every other month in Newcastle upon Tyne, but Skype is a possibility and the committee email list keeps discussions going between times – contact any committee member or secretary@northumbrianpipers.org.uk

 

April  listings from the calendar page of the NPS website:

 

Date: 2 April 2014 – 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.

 

Date: 2 April 2014 – 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

 

4 April - Northants Group

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

 

5 April - St Oswalds Group

10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday. Louise Woodman 01670 789750

 

7 April - NPS Chantry Meeting Monday

Northumbrian Pipers Society playaround Monday Evening Meetings Start 7.30pm at the Chantry Morpeth – this month led by Lynn Nicholson, with a Shetland theme!

 

9 April - Longframlington Pipers 2014

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.

 

9 April - NPS Cleveland Branch Meetings

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

 

10 April - Stakeford Traditional 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

 

10 April - 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. 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

 

11 April - Longframlington Pipers Charity Concert 2014

A musical evening with a variety of entertainment, this year iSummary: n aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  

 In the  Memorial Hall, Rothbury Road, Longframlington at 7.30 p.m.   Adults £4.00 U16 £2.00   (Pay at the door on the night.)   With raffle and refreshments (bring your own drinks). Details:

All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support More information from Gill Sergeant 01912 591 752

 

12 April - Manchester Pipers Group (moved from first Saturday)

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.

 

12 April - St Oswalds Group 2014

Details: 10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday.  Louise Woodman 01670 789750

 

12 April – Yorkshire Pipers

Meeting at Stonegate Farm, Whixley YO26 8AS – phone Ian on 01423 330321

 

16 April - Longframlington Pipers 2014

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.

 

16 April - 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.

 

16 April - The Fenland (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

 

18 April - Northants Group

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

 

18 April - South Cumbria/North Lancs pipers group

The group meets at 7.30 pm at Ian and Liza Henderson’s house, 53 Emesgate Lane, Silverdale LA5 0RN phil@gruar.net

 

19 April - St Oswalds Group 2014

10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday. Louise Woodman 01670 789750

 

19 April - NPS Saturday meeting Chantry

DetailsRegular playing session upstairs at the Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Morpeth Northumberland, starting at 2-30pm, with beginners’ session at 1.30pm.

 

23 April - 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.

 

23 April - Cleveland Branch Practice

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.

 

23 April Alnwick Pipers' Society    AGM and Summary: monthly meeting in the Farriers Arms, Shilbottle,  Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2XX starting at 8.00 pm.Details:

 

25 – 27 April – Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering 

For programme details see:  www.northumbriana.org.uk 

 

The festival includes a vast array of competitions including crafts, performance and writing. Events of local interest nave been added to the programme of concerts, singarounds, barn dance, storytelling. theatre and street performance which includes a young people's pageant as part of the Border Cavalcade. The emphasis of the Gathering is firmly upon the native traditions of Northumberland and. whilst there is plenty of scope for traditional music from all over the British Isles within the festival, the wealth of local culture is well to the fore. This is not blind parochialism by any means, but an attempt to maintain and spread the time-honoured distinctive and worthwhile features of Northumberland and its heritage.

 

The Border Cavalcade is a re-enactment of the return of Lord Greystoke from the Battle of Otterburn in 1388. The Cavalcades celebrate neither victory nor defeat, but rather the spirit of Borderers caught up in the web of everlasting conflict at a frontier. Led by Border half-long pipers the Cavalcade and a pageant created by children from local schools, leaves St James's Church, Copper Chare at approx. 10.45am and arrives at the Town Hall at 11 am to be welcomed by the costumed Morpeth Gadgy (the Town Bailiff) and the Mayor of Castle Morpeth. The army's flag is waved ceremonially, rosettes are presented and the Cavalcade processes to the end of Bridge Street, then turns and processes back to the Town Hall. 

 

The pageant is followed by street performances throughout the day. One of the leading figures behind the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering was Roland Bibby a true advocate of Northumberland and its traditions He founded the festival's publication, 'Northumbriana'. a magazine featuring articles on the county's history, dialect, folklore, traditions, natural history, literature and architecture and entries to the writing and music competitions, From this developed the Northumbrian Language Society, a charity whose aim is to preserve, study and enjoy the historic language (more than just a dialect) of Northumberland and North Durham which is the direct descendant of the Anglian tongue of Bede. Information on "Northumbriana" and the Northumbrian Language Society can be had from the administrative queries address.

 

26 April - Salisbury Piping Group

This month, please bring the Spring NPS newsletter, to play Chris Ormston’s The Ranting Shieldsman, written in honour of Colin Ross’s 80th birthday.Details:

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.

 

26 April – Pipemakers Co-operative

Meets at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead from 10 am.

 

26 April - St Oswalds Group

10.30 am at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne,  every Saturday. Louise Woodman 01670 789750

 

27 April – Turks Head session

At the Turks Head, Rothbury – all musicians welcome for a concert session from 6 – 9 pm.  For info, tel Richard Johnstone on 01669 621841.

 

30 April - 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.

 

30 April - 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

 

 

 

 

If you have dates to add to the May email or the NPS website for May or beyond, please email  secretary@northumbrianpipers.org.uk or webmaster@northumbrianpipers.org.uk

 

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