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Northumbrian Smallpipes Taster Day 2016

Saturday 5 Mar 12am–11:59pm, 2016

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

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£40 day rate including lunch and use of instruments. £60 including dinner and the evening Northumbrian Small Pipes concert.

There are affordable options for overnight accomodation after the concert - or you may want to book for the whole weekend. Please phone for details.

SPECIAL! Come and try the Northumbrian Smallpipes. A special taster day for absolute beginners.


As well as the main Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend for intermediate and more advanced players, we are running a taster day designed specifically for absolute beginners under the guidance of our expert tutor Paul Knox


You don’t need to own, or bring, a set of pipes. There will be 6 sets of teaching pipes available. Designed for beginners, these are simple sets in ‘G’ without keys, and are a modern interpretation of the original form of Northumbrian smallpipes on which the earliest traditional repertoire is based. This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy the gentle sound of smallpipes and would like to learn a little about their technique, repertoire and history.



The day will cover :

The use of bellows in the most relaxed and efficient way

Principles of ‘closed fingering’

Co-ordinating bag and bellows arms to sustain a steady pressure

Drone tuning

Discussion of the instrument’s history and development


  • 10am Workshop
  • 11am tea/Coffee
  • 11.15am Workshop
  • 12.30pm Bar Open
  • 1pm Lunch
  • 2pm Workshop
  • 4pm Tea
Optional (£20 extra):
  • 6.30pm Dinner
  • 8pm Northumbrian Small Pipes Concert
Only 6 places available, so book early to avoid disappointment.