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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

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!

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 teaching bagpipes for beginners / intermediates.

“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. Details to follow.

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.

Birgit Bornauw joins us as an intermediate / advanced bagpipe tutor for 2020. Birgit is a much sought-after teacher of bagpipes at the academy of Ghent. She discovered the bagpipe at the age of fifteen. Many folk music courses, performances, Ethno camps, recordings and groups later she ended up at the conservatory (Lemmens Institute) in the newly started department ‘baroque musette and bagpipe’ earning a master degree. She collaborates with an Orchestra of the 18th century music conducted by Frans Brüggen, folk groups such as Griff and the BBGE (Belgian Bagpipe Groove Experience). Birgit is also a dancer and accordion player and is very welcome as Halsway Manor on the 2020 bagpipe weekend.

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:

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