Teaching Weekend, Smallpipes and Pibroch 26–28 April 2019

This is the third year that the LBPS are sponsoring a weekend teaching event to help promote a greater understanding of this special musical form. Based in Allendale, in the north of England, and hosted by committee member Christopher Bacon, the weekend explores the grounds of selected pibroch with Allan MacDonald, with the aim of unlocking the great beauty in this music. This is a developing programme where pipers working together with smallpipes in A look back to the earliest sources and explore the music outside the usual genre of competition.

Teaching venue: Wooley High Hall, Wooley High House, Allendale, Northumberland, NE47 9AH



This year the group would like to encourage pipers who have not had any previous experience of playing pibroch to come and join the group. We will be playing smallpipes in A and even the new long practise 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.


Read the reports of the first pibroch teaching weekend (2017) here!




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Friday evening

The weekend starts with a supper at Wooley High Hall and a session of light music.


All the teaching takes place at Wooley High Hall with two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon. On Saturday evening there will be a mini concert/ceilidh with individual performances from the group and tutors, followed by a session including local musicians from Allendale.


There will be two morning sessions and the course officially ends after lunch. In past years several of the group have stayed on and have had a supper together and another playing session in the evening. For your evening meal on Sunday there is a choice of three pubs in Allendale.


Partners and non-players are also very welcome, with a programme of walks and site-seeing in the North Pennines organised by the host.


Tuition registration and cost:

Please register for the weekend on the LBPS website, registration fee is £140 (this includes tuition, lunch and evening meals - Friday supper to Sunday lunch, teas and coffees). Please register early and before the end of February. There are 8 places for the course with Allan MacDonald and 6 places for players new to pibroch.

Arranging your accommodation:

Bed and breakfast accommodation is available in Allendale. Please contact Christopher Bacon, (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who will be able to give you some details and discuss any transport requirements.


In past years the group have sung canntaireachd with Barnaby Brown and started to learn the basic structures of pibroch composition with Callum Armstrong. Next year the group is hoping to team up with Bill Taylor and clarsach players to experience not just clarsach pibroch but to start to explore a possible discourse between the instruments.