Annual weekend events have taken place in Melrose and Bridge of Allan featuring well known tutors such as Gary West, Gordon Mooney, Fin Moore, Annie Grace, Allan MacDonald, Barnaby Brown, Matt Seattle, Mike Katz, Finlay MacDonald, Iain MacInnes, Brighde Caimbeul, Malcolm Robertson and many more. 

Over the years these weekends have covered many different aspects of playing within the instrument’s capability, looking outwards from Scotland to embrace a range of European/ World traditions. We have made no attempt to impose a standard “border” repertoire through the teaching offered - our aim has been to expand participants’ exposure to the many possibilities offered by this wonderful instrument and allow them to make their own decisions about what they want to play.

Our classes have offered tunes for dancing; Cape Breton style strathspeys and reels; tunes from the Dixon Manuscript (border repertoire); playing and singing;  Irish, Galician, Northumbrian and Breton tunes; puirt a beul; freeform slow air playing; duets and harmonies; new compositions and, most recently, piobaireachd on smallpipes. 

Dates for the next teaching event are featured on the news section of the website in good time. 

Booking is essential.

LBPS online tune session on 8th December 2021

 

We are delighted to invite members to an online tune session on Wednesday 8th December at 7.00 pm.

This winter we intend to hold some online sessions again and the first one will be on the evening of Wednesday 8th December at 7.00 pm and will be led by Gary West.

The tunes Gary will introduce us to are as follows:

Catriona's Welcome - Gary West
Atom of Delight - Derek Hoy
Uist Reel - Trad (from Eliza Ross collection)

All members will receive a Zoom link to the event by email. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are not yet a member of the Society, you are very welcome to join. Membership subscription rates start at £9 per year. Once your subscription has been processed you will receive an email with the details of the Zoom link. Membership includes reduced rates at the LBPS shop, invitations to other Zoom social and tutorial sessions, and access to the latest issues of the Society’s journal Common Stock, either online or posted out to you. Choose the subscription rate you prefer.

Pibroch Teaching Weekend 24th and 25th April 2021

This is the fourth year that the LBPS is sponsoring a weekend teaching event to help promote a greater understanding of this special musical form.

This event is now FULLY BOOKED! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BOOKED, SEE YOU AT THE WEEKEND!

Hosted by committee member Christopher Bacon, and once again with Allan MacDonald as our tutor, the weekend will explore the grounds of selected pibroch with the aim of unlocking the great beauty in this music. Pipers will work together with smallpipes in A and look back to the earliest sources and explore the music outside the usual genre of competition.

Pipers who have not had any previous experience of playing pibroch are encouraged to join the group. We will be playing smallpipes in A and even the new long practice chanters which work perfectly along with smallpipes. There is no requirement to be able to play a beautifully rippling crunluath but a good standard of playing will get the best from the weekend; at the moment the course is not for absolute beginners.

The course will be held virtually by Zoom and the teaching will take place each afternoon from 3 pm to 7 pm.

The event is open to all members and non-members with smallpipes in A or the new long practice chanters also in A.

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Participants and tutor at the LBPS Pibroch Weekend, April 2019, at Wooley High Hall, Allendale. Many thanks to Ian MacKay for the photo.

For reviews of the LBPS Pibroch Teaching Weekend in 2019 please click here.

 For the tune list, please see Read more.

LBPS online teaching sessions on Zoom

We are delighted to invite you to a Zoom teaching session on Thursday 25th February at 7.00 for 7.15 pm

The tune will be announced nearer the time.

All members will receive a Zoom link to the event by email. 

If you are not yet a member of the Society, you are very welcome to join. Membership subscription rates start at £9 per year. Once your subscription has been processed you will receive an email with the details of the Zoom link. Membership includes reduced rates at the LBPS shop, invitations to other Zoom social and tutorial sessions, and access to the latest issues of the Society’s journal Common Stock, either online or posted out to you. Choose the subscription rate you prefer.

 

Save the dates: 

The Pibroch Teaching Weekend will run this year by Zoom on 24th and 25th of April.

Once again we have Allan MacDonald as our tutor and the teaching will take place each day between 3 pm and 7 pm. A tune list will be published shortly which will include "The Unjust Incarceration". The event is open to all members with small pipes in A or the new long practise chanters also in A. More details to follow.

LBPS tune session "Dixon's Highland Laddie" 7th December 2020

 

We are delighted to announce the second LBPS Zoom teaching session for members. 

This will be held on Monday 7th December at 7.00 for 7.15 pm

 

For this session, Matt Seattle will guide us through "Dixon's Highland Laddie", which he sees as the most accessible entry point into the Dixon collection.

He will talk about some of the characteristics of the Dixon "genre" and its relationship with neighbouring traditions.

If there is a demand to delve deeper, he will explore one or more of the more challenging Dixon pieces in a subsequent session, taking you through the wheechs, lowps and crinches which together form such an idiomatic part of the repertoire.

 

All members will receive a Zoom link to the event by email. 

If you are not yet a member of the Society, you are very welcome to join. Membership subscription rates start at £9 per year. Once your subscription has been processed you will receive an email with the details of the Zoom link. Membership includes reduced rates at the LBPS shop, invitations to other Zoom social and tutorial sessions, and access to the latest issues of the Society’s journal Common Stock, either online or posted out to you. Choose the subscription rate you prefer.

Piobaireachd teaching weekend 24-26 April 2020

 

The Piobaireachd teaching weekend will not be going ahead as planned on 24-26 April 2020. 

It is with great regret, but due to the current guidelines and in order to protect the safety and wellbeing of our members we have cancelled this weekend. We plan to consider future possible dates for this event, but obviously this will depend on the length of time it takes to restore normal activity in the country.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and website for further updates.

 

 



 

This was the second LBPS teaching weekend to be held at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath and, as you can see by the following comments, it was again a very successful weekend.

Great food! Great fellowship! Unique venue! and above all outstanding teachers and instructions. Bill

Very sociable and pleasant course. Course content matched the company very well, to be commended. Tom

Great house, great food, great music, great crack. Peter

An excellent weekend of music, fellowship and accomodation. Matt

Thanks to all for a most enjoyable weekend with a very positive, friendly and hard-working group of musicians! Colin

Thanks to all who came! We had a lovely group who worked extra hard - super presentation by Colin gave us lots to think about. Anne

Great weekend. Excellent tuition. High standard of catering. Wonderful setting.

 

                                         

  

        

    

 Following on from the enthusiastic reception for the presentations on the nature of pibroch at this year's Collogue, the Society hosted a two-day teaching event to explore the subject further. Here two participants send their reports.