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Northumbrian Pipers' Society

The Northumbrian Pipers' Society is a society, founded to promote both Robert Mowat and Henry Clough were both prizewinners. However it was short-lived, dissolving around 1899.

The Northumbrian Pipers' Society was founded in 1928 in Morden Tower in Newcastle. The Society's regular meetings and annual competitions are currently held the Chantry Bagpipe Museum, in Morpeth. It also holds an annual concert in Morpeth. It publishes a quarterly newsletter and an annual magazine, as well as many important collections of pipe music, including, in 2000 'The Clough Family of Newsham',[1] a detailed study of the music of Tom Clough and his family, and, in 1997, 'The Border Minstrel',[2] which included all of Billy Pigg's known compositions, and some other tunes from his repertoire. Other important recent tunebooks include a new edition of John Peacock's early tunebook,[3] and a book of James Hill's hornpipes and other tunes, adapted for the smallpipes,[4] and a tunebook and tutor for the Border pipes. They also published an important book on pipemaking, by William Alfred Cocks and Jim F. Bryan, 'The Northumbrian Bagpipes', in 1967.

The relative popularity of the instrument today, compared to the small numbers of players in the early 20th century, the wider availability of well-made instruments, and the availability in print of much of the instrument's traditional repertoire, can all be ascribed, directly or indirectly, to the work of the Society.

The Society converted to charitable status on April 1, 2012.[5]


  • 2006-2009 – Jim F. Bryan[6]


  1. ^ The Clough Family of Newsham, ISBN 0-902510-20-7, edited by Chris Ormston and Julia Say
  2. ^ Billy Pigg, The Border Minstrel, Northumbrian Pipers' Society, 2nd edition, 2 vols., C. Ross and J. Say, ISBN 978-0-902510-30-2, ISBN 978-0-902510-31-9.
  3. ^ Peacock's Tunes, 2nd ed., Northumbrian Pipers' Society (1999), ISBN 0-902510-19-3
  4. ^ The Fiddle Music of James Hill, (ISBN 0-902510-27-4)
  5. ^
  6. ^ Harding, Jill (2009-02-24). "Bagpipe legend dies at 77".  

External links

  • The Northumbrian Pipers' Society
  • The Bagpipe Museum, Morpeth Chantry
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