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Bagpipe Weekend

Friday 9 Feb 4pm — Sunday 11 Feb 5pm, 2018

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

Course Enquiry


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):

  • £232 – single ensuite room
  • £206 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £206 – single non-ensuite room
  • £160 – sharing non-ensuite room

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

  • £149

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

  • £139

Sunday Supper, B&B:

  • £35

A jam-packed programme of diverse bagpipe playing styles, with some of Europe’s top players. This course runs alongside the Hurdy Gurdy Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things!

We will be exploring traditional English and Border Music plus new and traditional music for European Dance. We will look at different and more unusual dance rhythms (for example 3/2, 9/8) and various playing styles, and explore how we can express emotion though our playing. We will learn variations and the techniques of how we can work them into our playing.  We will do most of the learning by ear but music scores will be provided during the course to support our learning. We’ll split the group into
beginners-intermediate, and intermediate and above, and you’ll spend time working with both tutors. And of course, we will have a bit of fun too!

“It’s not just the wonderful workshop sessions with an extremely patient tutor, but also the camaraderie of the whole weekend that makes the Halsway experience so brilliant” Participant

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

Who’s it For?

This course will be for players of bagpipes in G, of all ages and abilities!

The Team

Callum Armstrong is an experimental piper who enjoys exploring the possibilities of the pipes. He won the solo prize in 2014 and the ‘Petite Formation’ Prize in 2015 with Cellist George Pasca at the ‘Son Continu’ Festival in France. Callum has recently collaborated with Julian Goodacre to develop a smallpipe chanter with almost 3 octaves, and is currently working developing a technique for the ‘double Scottish smallpipe chanter. Amongst Callum’s current projects are learning and developing reeds for ancient auloi and learning the Musette de cour.

Julien Cartonnet (France). Bio to follow, in the meantime enjoy a video of Julien performing with Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette.

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