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Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend

Friday 3 Mar 4pm — Sunday 5 Mar 4pm, 2017

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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

Music now available to download – scroll down!

A wonderful weekend of Northumbrian smallpipes, back for another year. Hosted by Christine Corkett with a great team of tutors, this popular workshop weekend gives everyone from absolute beginners to intermediate and more advanced players a thoroughly enjoyable opportunity to develop their abilities, technique and repertoire. The course starts on Friday evening with an introductory session to assess people’s needs and a tune session in the bar, followed by workshops all day Saturday and Sunday and a Saturday evening tutors’ concert.

Who’s it For?

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

Music: Click links to download.

Pauline’s Music / Pauline’s A Minor exercises

Andy’s Music

Alice’s Music: Beginners / Intermediate / Advanced

Paul’s Music

The Team

Andy May, Pauline Cato, Alice Burn, Paul Knox, Paul Tabbush

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, nowadays touring with North-East band Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, UK/Finnish/Danish ensemble Baltic Crossing, his own Andy May Quartet, and various other projects. When not gigging Andy has become a pipemaker, again learning much from his father, and also Colin Ross. He has a particular interest in the study of old instruments and his current ongoing research project is into the pipemkaing of Tom Clough and Fred Picknell. Andy became the Vice President of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society in 2012.

Pauline Cato with her extremely accurate staccato approach, has brought a fresh and exciting sound to the Northumbrian bagpipe tradition. While she’s has shown a mastery of the traditional repertoire of Billy Pigg and Tom Clough, Cato become known for her unique bagpipe renditions of songs by such folk-like songwriters as Richard Thompson and Jay Ungar. In addition to performing as a soloist and in a duo with McConville, Cato has worked with Alistair Anderson and the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra in the opera Cullecoates Tommy. Cato has become a highly respected instructor and has taught courses in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.

Alice Burn began the Northumbrian Smallpipes at the age of 8 and was later awarded a place at St. Mary’s Music School. She was the youngest to win a Northumbrian Piping Open Competition and at the age of 11, she travelled across New Zealand, performing with Northumbrian Smallpipers from around the world. She joins us at Halsway several accolades later, including being a BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Musician of the Year finalist, a member Kathryn Tickell’s Folkestra, performing in the Royal Albert Hall, performing with the Windy Gyle Band and graduating from the University of York with a first class BA honours degree in academic music.

Paul Tabbush began piping when he lived and worked in Northumberland during the 1970’s. For the past 8 years he has been making pipes. Paul also plays fiddle and melodeon for dancing, but he says his main passion these days is for Northumbrian Smallpipes. He lives in Farnham, Surrey.