Come and try the Northumbrian Smallpipes in this special taster day for absolute beginners. Every year this course has sold out – so this year we’ve decided to run 2 taster days! If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the Northumbrian pipes this will be a great introduction.
Led by Francis Wood, we’ll have simple sets of teaching pipes available, designed for beginners. This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy the gentle sound of small pipes and would like to learn a little about their technique, repertoire and history.
If you like, you can book to join us the previous evening for dinner and an informal evening concert, giving you a chance to hear the pipes in action!
The day will cover :
The use of bellows in the most relaxed and efficient way
Principles of ‘closed fingering’
Coordinating bag and bellows arms to sustain a steady pressure
Discussion of the instrument’s history and development
- 9.30 arrival
- 10am Workshop
- 11am tea/Coffee
- 11.15am Workshop
- 12.30pm Bar Open
- 1pm Lunch
- 2pm Workshop
- 4pm Tea
- 6.30pm Dinner
- 8pm Northumbrian Small Pipes Concert
Who’s it For
You don’t need to own, or bring, a set of pipes, sets of teaching pipes are 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 group is limited to 8 students.
The course is led by experienced tutor Francis Wood. Francis has been playing and teaching for more years than he cares to remember. He has a particular passion for introducing newcomers to the Northumbrian Smallpipes, as well as endless patience