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The Society

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 diary link

If you are interested in joining the Society, please contact the Membership Secretary

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