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Bagpipe Weekend

Friday 8 Feb 4pm — Sunday 10 Feb 4pm, 2019

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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We anticipate that accommodation will be at a premium for this event; please consider sharing a room with friends, booking a bed in a shared dorm, or bringing a campervan/camping if you're an outdoor type! Not only will you save yourself some cash, but it will mean that more people can join the party!

Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £240 – single ensuite room
  • £210– sharing an ensuite room
  • £210– single non-ensuite room
  • £165 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £155

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £145

Our Bagpipe Weekend runs alongside the Hurdy Gurdy Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things!

This year we’re delighted to welcome Olle Geris to teach Intermediate / Advanced level players (G pipes only), and Dave Faulkner, who will lead a course for beginners.

“I enjoyed the mixture of teaching, socialising, and playing with friends from all over the UK and Europe. This is my fourth year and I intend to come back” Participant

For an extra £35, participants can stay until Monday morning, including supper and B&B. Please enquire at booking.

We are very grateful to The Bagpipe Society for their support of the event this year!

Who’s it For?

David’s Course: For complete beginners, we will be looking at how to make the instrument work, posture, tuning, basic techniques, simple repertoire to enjoy when learning to play. Most of the learning will  be by ear with music scores provided to support our learning. We will aim to have a bit of fun too!

Instruments – loaned by the Bagpipe Society – are available for course participants to borrow. Please contact David if you require a loan instrument, or if you have any special requirements:  david.eelgrinders@gmail.com

Olle’s Course: An intensive workshop course for intermediate / advanced level players of bagpipes in G. “Are you playing the bagpipes, but are these two fingers still able to refrain from embellishing your melodies? Would you like to learn melodies, with new ways of ornamenting … using ”these other fingers”, then this course is exactly what you are looking for! We will work in groups and by ear. The scores will be given at the beginning of the workshop for the participants, but will not be used during the course; that’s why it’s important to know how to recognise notes by ear and to be able to play them on your instrument, at least on the first chromatic octave.” Olle Geris

Please note that under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Please tell us when booking if you are coming to the Beginners’ course, or the Intermediate / Advanced level course, thank you.

The Team

David Faulkner has been playing pipes for over 25 years with groups such as the Eel Grinders and Jon Swayne’s Zephyrus, and performs regularly as a duet with accordionist Steve Turner. He has toured in Europe, Canada and America. He has led many pipe courses in the UK and abroad and has worked as a community musician for nearly 20 years.

Olle Geris is highly regarded as one of the very best bagpipe makers and players. She grew up in a very artistic and musical family. As a child she learned the flute, but soon she shared the passion for bagpipes with her father, with whom she went to take a bagpipe class in Brussels. When the opportunity came to begin in the workshop of Remy Dubois (the famous Belgium pipe maker) as apprentice bagpiper, she made the choice to focus entirely on learning how to make this instrument. In 1995, she won the first prize at the St.Chartier Competition in duo with Machteld Truyens. She participates in many concerts in different formations: Willem Schot, Swart & Co, Zefiro Torna, Camerata Trajectina, Rans Flagel, Göze, Idool 1900… She has conducted many courses for making reeds or for the bagpipe. She took over the bagpipe making workshop “D’un souffle a l’autre” in 2009.

The Bagpipe Society was formed in 1986 to bring together players, makers, researchers and people who love the bagpipes. It’s a great resource for pipers everywhere – check out their website here: