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Welcome to the website of the Northumbrian Pipers' Society. The NPS was established in 1928 to promote the indigenous bagpipes of the North-East of England - the Northumbrian Smallpipes and the Half-long or Border pipes. Since then these instruments have achieved great popularity, both in their home region and around the world. Today's Society continues to encourage the playing, making, study and development of the Northumbrian pipes and their music. On this site you can find information on the Pipes, the Music and the Society. We have listings of not only Society events, but many other piping events on around the world. See our What's On section for Local Groups, Sessions, Concerts and Workshops.

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NPS Competitions 2017

Date: 21 October 2017
Summary: NPS Saturday meeting
Details:

NPS Annual Piping Competitions 2017

Saturday, 21 October 2017, startng at 11 am

 

 

 

Location  The Chantry, Bridge St, Morpeth NE61 1PD 

 

Northumbrian Pipers' Society Annual Competitions 2017

 

 

Saturday, 21 October 2017, starting at 11 am.

 

at the Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Bridge Street, Morpeth.

 

Entry forms will be available as soon as possible after 9.30 a.m, and the competitions
will start with the announcement of Overseas and Composition results.

 

This will take place at 11 am, or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

 

Annual Competitions – Programme 2017

 

Entry forms will be available from 9.30 am

 

 

11 am COMPETITIONS START

 

Class 1a, b, &c     Results - Overseas Smallpipes 

Class 2a & b Results - Overseas Border / Half Longs

Class 16       Results - Overseas Duet

Class 3         Results - Composition of Original Tune

Class 4         Results - Composition of Variations

Class 5         Funky Tune composition

Class 6         Smallpipes Novice

Class 7         Smallpipes Junior

Class 8         Smallpipes Beginners

Class 9         Blackthorn Stick Trophy

 

In the event of these classes over-running, one, or more, may be moved to the afternoon.

Competition will stop as close to 12.30 as possible.

  

12.30 - 1.30   LUNCH INTERVAL

 

1.30  PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES

 

1.45  COMPETITION RESTARTS

Class 10       Smallpipes Intermediate

Class 11       Smallpipes Advanced

Class 12       Smallpipes Open

Class 13       Smallpipes Duet

Class 14       Mixed Duet / Ensemble

Class 15       Border or Robertson Half-Long pipes

a)    Beginner / intermediate

b)    Open

Class 16       Pipemaking Results

 

 

PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES

 

Competitors Guidelines can found here 

Competition Rules for 2017 can be found here

NEW "Funky Tunes" composition rules are Here

 

Judges' rules can also be found here

 

 

Overseas entries, or those not attending on the day:  

 

 

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Cleveland Branch Practice

Date: 25 October 2017
Summary: Cleveland Branch Playing Group Practices
Details:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cleveland Branch Playing Group meet every 4th Wednesday of the month for practice upstairs at Ceddesfeld Hall, Rectory Row, Sedgefield. TS21 2AE, County Durham at 7pm till about 9pm.

The playing group are a very active group with the aim of taking the Northumbrian Smallpipes and Northumbrian music out to the public. We usually have very busy year and have performed at many events such as festivals, National Garden scheme events, concerts, weddings, schools and fetes.

 Pipers are very welcome to join us and play, though tunes and discussions are restricted to the playing group repertoire.

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Cleveland Branch Meetings

Date: 8 November 2017
Summary: Second Wednesday Every Month
Details:

Happy New Year to everyone. Our meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Ceddesfeld Hall Community Centre, Rectory Row, Sedgefield. TS21 2AE, County Durham, which is behind the parish church.The main meeting starts at 8.00pm in the main hall. This is an excellent venue with great acoustics and has been the Cleveland Branch home for many years now. If you are in the area do come along and join our friendly group to play or listen to the wide variety of tunes. Everyone, in turn, gets the opportunity to choose the tunes to be played if they wish.

 

Author: Brian Fisher - Cleveland Branch

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NPS Saturday meeting

Date: 18 November 2017
Summary: NPS Saturday meeting
Details:

Regular playing session upstairs at the Chantry Morpeth Northumberland, starting at 2-30pm. The group will be led by different experienced pipers each month.

 

Location  The Chantry, Bridge St, Morpeth NE61 1PD 

 

 

 

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Cleveland Branch Practice

Date: 22 November 2017
Summary: Cleveland Branch Playing Group Practices
Details:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cleveland Branch Playing Group meet every 4th Wednesday of the month for practice upstairs at Ceddesfeld Hall, Rectory Row, Sedgefield. TS21 2AE, County Durham at 7pm till about 9pm.

The playing group are a very active group with the aim of taking the Northumbrian Smallpipes and Northumbrian music out to the public. We usually have very busy year and have performed at many events such as festivals, National Garden scheme events, concerts, weddings, schools and fetes.

 Pipers are very welcome to join us and play, though tunes and discussions are restricted to the playing group repertoire.

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Cleveland Branch Meetings

Date: 13 December 2017
Summary: Second Wednesday Every Month
Details:

Happy New Year to everyone. Our meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Ceddesfeld Hall Community Centre, Rectory Row, Sedgefield. TS21 2AE, County Durham, which is behind the parish church.The main meeting starts at 8.00pm in the main hall. This is an excellent venue with great acoustics and has been the Cleveland Branch home for many years now. If you are in the area do come along and join our friendly group to play or listen to the wide variety of tunes. Everyone, in turn, gets the opportunity to choose the tunes to be played if they wish.

 

Author: Brian Fisher - Cleveland Branch

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There are many other piping events on around the world.

See our What's On section for Events, Concerts And Workshops.

 

 

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