Piping Groups

There are many groups of Pipers around the world, some meet regularly, some spontaneously, but all those listed below are pleased to welcome anyone, of any age, who wants to play, learn or just sit and listen.  If you wish further details to be added, or information needs changing please contact us at webmaster@northumbrianpipers.org.uk

In the U.K.


Alnwick Pipers’ Society

Currently no monthly meeting due to lack of venue. Contact g.prentice@btconnect.com for updates.  

Alnwick Pipers’ Society has a practice session at Newton on the Moor Village Hall NE65 9JY on the first Sunday of the month beginning at 1.45 for a 2.15 start.

Beamish Session

Meeting at 8pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Home Farm, Beamish Museum, DH9 0RG

F & G pitch pipes and other instruments welcome. Email Dave Shaw or tel:0120 7231474  

Location map etc available here: http://www.daveshaw.co.uk/Beamish/

Bedfordshire Northumbrian Session

A new session of mixed instruments, who are keen to welcome pipers, particularly those with G pipes – now at the Albion, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2JT on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 8.00 pm.  Contact: Rod Ward

The Fenland Chapter (Cambridge Group)

We usually meet at 8pm on the third Wednesday of each month, but we occasionally have a Saturday or Sunday session instead; for details contact David Somerville at dsomerv@aol.com or on 01223 290890

Cleveland Branch

Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Ceddesfield Hall Community Centre, Sedgefield. TS21 2AE, which is behind the parish church.  The main meeting starts at 8.00pm.  If you are in the area do come along and join our friendly group to play or listen.  If you would like more information please contact Dave Cook, phone 01325 310114, e-mail dcook0@talk21.com

Cleveland Branch Playing Group Meets every 4th Wednesday of the month for practice upstairs at Ceddesfeld Hall from 7pm ‘til 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.

Gateshead Pipers & Pipemakers’ Co-Op

For anyone interested in pipe making skills. Meets usually at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead NE8 2AU, 10.30am on the second Saturday of the month.

Contact: Stan May or tel: 0191 4872232

Hyde Pipers

The Hyde Pipers meet in The Hyde Tavern, Hyde Street, Winchester on the second Saturday of each month, 2.00 – 4.00pm. The aim of this group is to practice a restricted repertoire to performance standard. Visitors welcome!
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Contact: Paul Tabbush

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, grahamwhwells@aol.com

Longframlington Pipers

Meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm except Christmas week, ad 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.

NB. No meetings on 11 December 2019, 25 December 2019 or 1 January 2020

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 that the church have not asked us to move the date.

North Cumbria Pipers

Do not now meet regularly.  Please contact Richard Evans for further details. 016974 73799 or richard@evansbagpipes.co.uk

North Shields Low Lights Session

On the last Tuesday of the month at the Old Low Lights, Clifford’s Fort, North Shields NE30 1JA from 7 – 9 pm. Richard Heard: richardrheard@gmail.com

Northants Group

We are a group who meet occasionally in Kettering. Please contact Peter Dunn, 01536 482475 or e-mail: p.dunn@uwclub.net for further details.

Oxford Group

Meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month except August 7.30 to 10.00 in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. 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 or email.

Pipers’ Fancy

The performing group of the Society was set up to fill the need for requests for pipers to attend various functions around Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.  They meet twice a month to rehearse,  keep an eye on the events pages for the next one.  Pipers’ Fancy welcomes anybody who wishes to join them, and if you’re interested why not come along and see what they do.  For details of the groups future performances, or rehearsals visit Pipers’ Fancy. For other details contact Susan Craven, phone:  01670 761872, email: susan@northumbriansandpipers.com

Salisbury Group

The Salisbury Group meets (usually) 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. Please confirm all venues and timings by emailing i.curr@ntlworld.com in advance.

South Cumbria/Lancashire Group

Usually meet third Friday of the month, from 7.30 pm at Ian & Liza Henderson’s house 53 Emesgate Lane, Silverdale LA5 0RN. Contacts: Philip Gruar 01524 781601 and Ian Henderson. If coming far, please confirm meetings beforehand!

South Devon Pipers

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

Spittal Northumbrian Piping Group

Berwick (Spittal) Pipers Meet at the Blenheim Hotel, Spittal TD15 1RD from 7.30 pm on the first Wednesday of the month.

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 F pitch, initially just to play but perhaps for local audiences and charities etc. For further details email Bobbie Prentice or tel: 018907 71230.

St Oswald’s

St Oswald’s playing group Meets at 10.30 am every Saturday at St Oswald’s Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1EE . Contact Louise Woodman for details.

All piping abilities and instruments in F pitch are welcome.

Yorkshire Group

We are an informal group who have been going since 1978 and who meet approximately every two months, usually on a Sunday afternoon between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm, with tea and biscuits.  We meet in different members houses so no-one has to do all the travelling and between us we can offer help to beginners and a certain amount of pipe fettling, as well as a general play around, a chat and tune swap.  We mainly play in F, but many of us also have G pipes too.  The following meeting is usually arranged democratically at the end of the last one so any pipers out there who are interested should contact Nick Hopkinson, phone 01423 358673, email nickhopkinson100@yahoo.co.uk. As Yorkshire is quite big members often share lifts to meetings.

Outside the U.K


New England Pipers’ Group

We are a relatively new players group.  We have been meeting since the fall of 2016.  We meet in Sharon, Massachusetts (approximately every one to two months) on Sundays from 10:30am until 2:30pm at the house of one of our members.  We also have lunch together.  We generally have anywhere from 3 to 7 players show up who drive as much as a few hours. Contact: John Nelson at bagpiperjohn@gmail.com.

Pacific Northwest NSP Group

Meets on the third Sunday of every month from 12 noon – 5.00pm in Lakewood, Tacoma, Washington, (just south of Seattle).  Contact Paul Hickey at plhickey@comcast.net

The Pipers Gathering

An annual meeting for bellows blown bagpipes held in Litchfield, CT, USA in the middle of August each year. Workshops, symposia, vendors, concerts and more. Web site: www.pipersgathering.org or email