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Alnwick Pipers' Society is a collection of people who are enthusiastic
about the traditional music of Northumberland and the Borders.
Traditional music has been at the heart of the local culture in our area
for many centuries and Alnwick Pipers' Society tries to preserve that
musical heritage for future generations by encouraging the teaching and
playing of Northumberland's own unique instrument, the Northumbrian
Smallpipes. The Society also actively encourages other traditional
instruments such as the fiddle and accordion.
The roots of the Society go back to the 1940s when local musicians,
including the famous Northumbrian piper, Billy Pigg, began to hold
regular meetings. For many years the local musicians operated as the
Alnwick Branch of the Northumbrian Pipers' Society, the much larger
mother organisation for Northumbrian pipers with worldwide membership.
In 1977 the Alnwick Branch became a separate organisation in its own
right and it continues to flourish as a small but active Society.
Alnwick Pipers' Society has regular monthly meetings/playing sessions
throughout the year. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each
month in the The Farriers Arms, Farne Road, Shilbottle NE66 2XX (grid
ref 194085) starting at 8.00 pm. Members of the public are very welcome
to come and listen, and visiting players to come and play along.
Sessions are in pipe pitch (concert F).
For details of our meetings, performances and other APS events go to the
If you are interested in joining the Society, please contact the