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Bagpipe Weekend

Friday 14 Feb 4pm — Sunday 16 Feb 4pm, 2020

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):

  • £250 – single ensuite room
  • £215– sharing an ensuite room
  • £215– single non-ensuite room
  • £170 – sharing non-ensuite room

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

  • £160

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

  • £150

Sunday supper, B&B: £40

Our popular Bagpipe Weekend returns in 2020. Our Bagpipe Weekend runs alongside the Hurdy Gurdy Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things! Our thanks to the Bagpipe Society for their support of this event.

We’re delighted to welcome Birgit Bornauw to teach Intermediate / Advanced level bagpipe players (G pipes only), and Dave Faulkner, who will lead a course to introduce complete beginners to the bagpipes.

“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

You’ll need to select your level and will be working with the tutor for that level during the weekend. Though there will be plenty of opportunity to socialise with the tutors and participants over the weekend.

For an extra £40, participants can stay until Monday morning, including supper and B&B. Please enquire at booking.

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 – may be available for course participants to borrow. Please contact us if you require a loan instrument, or if you have any special requirements:  david.eelgrinders@gmail.com

Birgit’s Course: An intensive workshop course for intermediate / advanced level players of bagpipes in G. 

Level: as a minimum requirement you need to be able to hold the pressure, to play fluently in an octave, knowledge of b-flat and   e-flat.

Contents: from a traditional or contemporary repertoire, the work will mainly be by ear and will be oriented on the typical phrasing of the dances. To achieve this, we will use different techniques and ornaments such as trill, vibrato, picotage, etc. We will also do ensemble  work with different parts adapted to different levels of playing ability.

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.

“Thank you for a brilliant weekend. The tutors were stimulating and informative, the atmosphere was great, the food was excellent and I switched off email and facebook for two whole days. Absolute heaven. Oh and I played and played and played” Participant

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.

Birgit Bornauw teaches bagpipes, ensemble playing and music history at the Ghent Conservatory and the Ypres Muziek Academie. She regularly gives workshops such as in Muziekpublique (B), Gooik folkstages (B), Qiqalson in Floreffe (B), Trossin Spielkurs (DE), Cric-Crac Company (F), Draailier & doedelzak (NL).

Birgit Bornauw was born in 1981 in Asse in Flemish Brabant (Belgium). After practicing classical violin at the Muziek Academie d’Asse, she discovered the bagpipe at the age of 15 during Gooik’s traditional music workshops. It is thanks to the Folk Festival of Dranouter that she encountered the different European traditions. After a series of workshops, concerts, recordings and groups, she entered the Leuven Lemmens Institutes (LUCA – School of Arts) to study baroque musette and bagpipes. Her diploma in hand after an appearance in the eighteenth century orchestra of Frans Brüggen, she devoted herself to traditional music with the BBGE (Belgian Bagpipe Groove Experience) and Transpiradansa. She is also a founder member of the Griff project, with Rémi Decker (bagpipe) and Raphael De Cock (bagpipes and vocals), a trio of bagpipes (“Bag Pipe but no kilt”).

Her groups include:

Bon matin! since 2006 , with Hoëla Barbedette (Celtic harp and vocals), Juliette Collache (Celtic harp and vocals) and Marinette Bonnert (accordion); a concert and bal group that works on the repertoire of the four regions of origin of the musician, Brittany, Poitou, Wallonia and Flanders.

The Muzikaciné Collective, dedicated to the cine-concert, in which Birgit creates a program for a younger public in duo with Benjamin Macke (accordion and percussion).

The Duo Macke-Bornauw met around the folk bal and now also offers a concert inspired by baroque music (It’s Baroque To My Ears).

The Amazing Airbags, another project by Duo Macke-Bornauw with young bagpipe addicts.

Ensemble Tormis, a collective of artists who devoted since 2001 to the study and interpretation of ancient music.

The Hole In The Wall by Duo Macke-Bornauw

The Hole In The Wall from John Playford (1695) by Duo Macke-Bornauw. CD It's Baroque To My Ears, 2016

Gepostet von Birgit Bornauw am Freitag, 20. April 2018

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: