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Bagpipe Weekend

Friday 18 Feb 4pm — Sunday 20 Feb 4pm, 2022

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! 

Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £270– single ensuite room
  • £232– sharing an ensuite room
  • £232– single non-ensuite room
  • £185– sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £175

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £165

Sunday night supper, B&B (must be booked in advance):

  • £45 per person

Our popular Bagpipe Weekend returns in 2021, running 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.

Sadly we have just heard that Andrea Hotzko (Germany) will be unable to join us but we are DELIGHTED that Jon Swayne has agreed to step into her shoes to lead a course for Intermediate / Advanced level bagpipe players, while Halsway-favourite David Faulkner will return to 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 when booking.

Who’s it For?

Beginners’ Course with David: 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 – will 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

Intermediate / Advanced Course with Jon: We will look at playing styles appropriate to repertoire from different traditions, practicising techniques appropriate to those styles. We will look at various tunes which offer fingering challenges, and find useful ways of practising them. We won’t necessarily learn whole tunes, but the bits that are useful for the purpose of practise.

We’ll work by ear, but the music of complete tunes worked on will be available at the end or before.

The Team

Jon Swayne is a bagpipe maker with an international reputation, a fine player and composer of pipe tunes, President of the Bagpipe Society and founder of the band Blowzabella. The weekend is for players of Jon Swayne border bagpipes and other compatible pipes and will tackle piping technique and a repertoire of interesting English traditional tunes. This is mainly for bagpipes in G. Please get in touch if you have pipes in other keys to see if you can be accommodated. The ability to read music or pick up tunes fairly quickly by ear is required.

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.

The Bagpipe Society was formed in 1986 to bring together players, makers, researchers and people who love the bagpipes. They’ve been a great support to Halsway in running this event over the years – that you! It’s a great resource for pipers everywhere – check out their website here: www.bagpipesociety.org.uk