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Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend (cancelled)

Friday 5 Mar 4pm — Sunday 7 Mar 4pm, 2021

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 (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £262– single ensuite room
  • £225– sharing an ensuite room
  • £225– single non-ensuite room
  • £180 – sharing non-ensuite room

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

  • £170

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

  • £160

This course has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will provisionally transfer existing bookings to our March 2022 event (click here for details). Please contact us to transfer to an alternative event, or to arrange a refund. Thank you.

Hosted by Christine Corkett this popular workshop weekend is running in a revised format in 2021 due to anticipated COVID-19 restrictions. We’ll be limiting student numbers, and welcoming a two-tutor team of Andy May and Alice Robinson to lead a weekend aimed at improver through to advanced-level players; sadly we won’t be running our beginners’ taster day this year.

The weekend offers a enjoyable opportunity to develop ability, technique and repertoire with workshops, sessions, and informal performances – we’ll publish a draft programme soon.

Who’s it For?

This popular workshop weekend is designed to give everyone from beginners to intermediate and advanced level players a thoroughly enjoyable opportunity to develop their abilities, technique and repertoire.

“If you work at something with guidance, as you have to on a course like this, there is always a benefit. Thanks to excellent tutors.” 2017 Participant

We’ll divide the group into two groups – a slower and a faster paced group – and you’ll spend time working with both tutors over the weekend. Music will be available in advance.

 The Team

Andy May was introduced to the smallpipes by his father Stan, later learning from Roland Lofthouse and Adrian Schofield, and from studying the recordings of Billy Pigg and Tom Clough. Through the 90s Andy entered many piping competitions and studied music at the University of York with the pipes as his chosen instrument. Andy has been a full-time musician since 2002, with the Andy May Trio, UK/Finnish/Danish ensemble Baltic Crossing, and with North-East band Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies. Andy is a notable pipemaker, learning much from his father, and also Colin Ross, and teaches on the folk music degree course at Newcastle University.

Alice Robinson (nee Burn) began Northumbrian smallpipes lessons at the age of 8 and won her first Northumbrian Smallpipes open competition at the age of 11, the youngest ever to do so. In 2002 Alice was offered a place at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, as a first study Northumbrian piper, a unique opportunity for a piper and folk instrumentalist. Dr. Anthony Robb has been Alice’s tutor and great friend. He has imparted to Alice his passion for Northumbrian music and a deep knowledge of our folk heritage. Alice belongs to Dr. Robb’s Windy Gyle Band and has recorded with the group. In 2007 Alice was Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Folk Musician of the Year and she is currently Piper to the Mayor of Berwick-upon-Tweed.