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 website@northumbrianpipers.org.uk


~~~~~~~ In the U.K. ~~~~~~~


Alnwick Pipers' Society : Meetings / playing sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except August) in the The Farriers Arms, Shilbottle,  Alnwick, Northumberland, starting at 8.00 pm. The Society also has its own music books and CDs for sale available through their website.  


Beldons 'Slow Sesson' is on the first Monday of the month (except on bank holidays, when it is the second) at Beldons', The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE, from 8 pm - 10 pm.  Contact: Ann Sessoms annsessoms@yahoo.co.uk


The Fenland Chapter (Cambridge Group): meet near Cambridge, at 8pm on the third Wednesday of each month; contact David Somerville at dsomerv@aol.com or 01223 290890 for further details.  


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 with a beginners session at 7.00pm upstairs.  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


Gosforth Breakfast Folk Group meet at Trinity Christian Community Centre, Freeman Road, South Gosforth NE3 1SX every Saturday morning from 9.30 am until 10.30 am.  The session is aimed at musicians with families who can't attend an evening session - players of all ages and abilities, and all instrument, are welcome.  website:  thebreakfastfolk.co.uk 


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


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.


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@Sky.com 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


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. Contact: Dave Shaw 0120 7231474 dave@daveshaw.co.uk  Location map etc available here:http://www.daveshaw.co.uk/Beamish/


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 oxfordpipers@hotmail.co.uk.


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. 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.


South Devon Pipers - a new group, 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 - meet 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


Gateshead Pipers: now changed to the first Saturday of the month from 11am - 1pm in St Mary's Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead. NE9 2AU (next to the Sage).  This is an informal drop in session where all are welcome to meet friends, have a chat or play music.- followed by the Gateshead Pipermakers' Co-operative (until October - see below).  Contact Ednie Wilson Tel. 0191 4334698, e-mail edniewilson@gateshead.gov.uk or visit www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure for more details.

From October the group will meet at 10 am.  

The Gateshead Pipemakers' Co-operative will meet at 10 am on the second Saturday of the month.


St Oswald’s: Pipers meet in St Oswald's Hospice in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, most Saturdays from about 11am – 1pm. This group embraces all levels of skill on the Northumbrian Smallpipes (and other traditional instruments), and new members are always welcome.  Any player, even absolute beginners, can come along to practice and learn tunes, or just have a cuppa and meet other pipers.  The performing group meets during the week and frequently plays in public or at private events as Robson’s Choice, and raises funds for the hospice.For further information please contact Louise Woodman on 01670 789750, or just come along and listen one Saturday!


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 ~~~~~~~

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 Burlington,
Vermont, USA during the first weekend in August each year.
Workshops, symposia, vendors, concerts and more.

web site: www.pipersgathering.org
email: richard.shuttleworth@pipersgathering.org


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