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Bagpipes Weekend

Friday 10 Feb 4pm — Sunday 12 Feb 5pm, 2017

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

  • £225 – single ensuite room
  • £200– sharing an ensuite room
  • £200– single non-ensuite room
  • £155 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £145

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

  • £135

For an extra £30, participants can stay until Monday morning, including supper and B&B.

We still have places on this course but accommodation options are limited to camping/bringing a campervan, or sharing a ‘posh dorm’ (only places in the men’s dorm remaining). Alternatively you can arrange your own accommodation locally. Please contact us if we can be of any assistance, to book your camping/non-resident place, or to be put on the waiting list should a room become available.

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

Who’s it For?

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

The Team

David Faulkner has been playing pipes for over 25 years with groups such as the Eel Grinders and Jon Swayne’s Zephyrus. He has toured in Europe and America, and has made various recordings including the English and Border Music for Pipes CD with accordionist Steve Turner. David has taught three times at the Spielkurs für Dudelsack und Drehleier 2008, 2009 & 2013 and twice at the Osterbordunale in 2015 & 2016, he has run workshops for the Bagpipe Society’s annual Blowout and teaches privately. David works as a community musician with Devon-based Wren Music.

Toon Van Mierlo studied oboe for several years as a child at the music academy in Turnhout. Ten years later at twenty-one, Toon fell head-over-heels for uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes). French pipes, clarinet, soprano sax, and button accordion soon followed. In 2003, Toon joined the band Fluxus and after that was soon asked to join Floes, Embrun, Harakiwi, Goze quintet, and other bands. Today he plays with Naragonia, Naragonia Quartet, Hot Griselda,Novar and occasionally in Amorroma. Toon has recorded many albums with these groups and played as a guest artist on many more. Toon teaches bagpipes and button accordion at the music academies of Genk, Herentais, and Maasmechelen and at workshops worldwide.


For an extra £30, participants can stay until Monday morning, including supper and B&B. Please enquire at booking.