Trustees of the Society
Andrew Davison, Chairman
"I have lived all my life in Northumberland. I started to play the pipes at the age of 15 in the 1970s, taught by Roland Lofthouse on a set made by David Burleigh. I made my first set of small pipes when still at school. Since then, I have made, played and judged both small pipes and Half Longs, been a tutor on a number of courses, established the Hexham Pipers' Gathering and made a CD. I have had the great privilege of knowing and sharing tunes with many who, like me, simply enjoy our wonderful instrument and its music. I am married to Nicola (an excellent piper in her own right) and we have two teenage children, Lucy and Thomas (who play electric guitar and drums!). I am a solicitor by profession and am Chairman of three regional charities."
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Pam Horne, Secretary
After gaining her freedom from a working life spent in legal, charity and university admin work, Pam volunteered to help the Secretary administer the membership database after an appeal in the newsletter, and is enjoying being more involved in the Society. She was initially a co-opted Committee member because of this admin role. She has been a member since 2008, and feels she really should be a better piper by now, but is progressing well now that retirement means that she has been able to attend the Longframlington Pipers more regularly and has more time to play. Pam was elected as Secretary on Julia's retirement in 2013 and can be reached at either of the emails below.
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"I have been playing the Northumbrian Smallpipes since 1985 and have been a member of the NPS since 1986.. I have previously been Hon Secretary and Vice-Chairman (many years ago) and felt honoured to be made a Vice President. I am keen to support the continued development of the instrument and its music, particularly within the traditional style."
Started playing in 1982, living near Cambridge. After 1 year, met Mike Nelson, who taught me a lot: tunes, playing, fettling, and introduced me to other pipers, particularly Joe Hutton and the Robbs. In 1993, Joe asked me to help teach on the Rothbury course, and I have taught there and on other courses, when invited, since. Moved back to Northumberland in 2003, joined Robson's Choice, went to Strakonice with Neil Smith and Robson's Choice in 2004, 6, 8 and 10.
Is the Museums Officer (North Northumberland) for Woodhorn Charitable Trust, responsible for Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum and Berwick Museum & Art Gallery. She is Curatorial Adviser for Ford & Etal Estates.
She has looked after the collections in Morpeth since 1987ish, and has been involved with the Bagpipe Museum since it was at its previous home, the Black Gate in Newcastle upon Tyne. She learned to play the Northumbrian pipes early on during that time - though certainly not to a virtuoso standard – if only she had kept up the practising for all those years!
Being at the museum, Anne knows most people in the piping world, has met them at some point, or has even inveigled them into playing in concert. Anne is a Vice President of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society.
Has appeared on 12 albums including the two Cut & Dry Band recordings (for Topic) in the 70s. Now regarded as seminal albums they have re-released on CD. He began teaching the pipes in the UK in1972 and has also tutored pipers in The United States, Germany and New Zealand. His proudest moments and fondest memories are of living amongst and playing alongside the legendary traditional Northumbrian musicians of the 80s and 90s, notably Will Atkinson, Willie Taylor and Joe Hutton. He currently plays in the Castle Band (Northumbrian dance band) and Windy Gyle Band (Northumbrian pipes-based concert band).