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Säckpipa! & Swedish Bagpipe Tunes

Friday 27 Mar 4pm — Sunday 29 Mar 4pm, 2020

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, accommodation & all meals):

  • £250 – single ensuite room
  • £215 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £215 – single non-ensuite room
  • £170 – sharing non-ensuite room

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

  • £160

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

  • £150

An enjoyable full-on fun-packed workshop weekend with Vicki Swan to introduce players to both the säckpipa (Swedish Bagpipes) and Swedish bagpipe music. Learn about Swedish music from the drone side.

Topics  to be covered (more to be added!) will include:

• The Standard Swedish Säckpipa Repertoire
• Tunes from Småland
• Articulation
• General bagpipe technique

In addition to players of the säckpipa the course is also open to other instruments eg nyckelharpa, fiddle, flutes

Who’s it For?

The weekend is for both players of the Swedish säckpipa and also players of other instruments including pipes in compatible keys. Complete beginners and more advanced players are welcome. There may be some opportunity to play together as an ensemble with all combinations, but different workshops will address different musical things.

Workshops will be given using säckpipa in E/A. Preferably (but not required) with a chanter with G natural and G# and also C natural and C#

Please get in touch if you only have a D/G instrument so we can discuss whether we can accommodate you.

In addition to players of the säckpipa the course is also open to other instruments eg nuckelharpa, fiddle, flutes; you must be able to play these notes: D E F# Gnat G#  B Cnat C# D E

The Tutor

Vicki Swan is a second generation piper and holds the Zorn Brons award for the traditional playing of the säckpipa. Vicki holds a degree in music specialising in performance, is a qualified music teacher specialising in instrumental music tuition, has a post graduate qualification from the Royal College of Music in London (in performance). Although now possibly better known for teaching and playing the nyckelharpa, Vicki’s Masters Thesis was an investigation into the teaching and learning of the Scottish Smallpipes Online Using Podcasting as a Distribution Medium.