The William Kennedy Piping Academy aims to bring a new dimension to the teaching and appreciation of uilleann piping through a comprehensive and immersive tutorial programme, covering all aspects of performance as well as the making and maintenance of uilleann pipes under the direction of universally respected tutors.

The Academy is designed for musicians over the age of 18.  Students under 18 will be considered with parental consent and on a case by case basis.
The course is designed for those who have a good grasp of uilleann pipes already – intermediate to advanced students only. There is a separate introduction/beginners uilleann pipes class available - see here.  Students should be comfortable learning by ear.  Ideally students will also be able to read & write music, however this is less important.  A sound recording device can be used by students in classes.
We hope to create a friendly and supportive environment for learning, however it is up to the individual to ensure they turn up to classes, meals and events in time and make full use of the unique opportunities the Academy provides.

Participation on the course is by online application only (click here to apply). Prospective students should complete the online application and pay the appropriate fee before Friday 9th November.

The course costs £120 and includes the following:
ACADEMY TUITION - There will be 8 hours tuition divided into 4 x 2 hour sessions. This years tutors are Seán Óg Potts, Mick O’Brien, Síle Friel, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Seán McKeon, Louise Mulcahy, Jarlath Henderson, Mikie Smyth, Peter Browne, Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby, Barry Kerr, Cillian Vallely and Éamonn Curran
PIPE MAKING & MAINTENANCE CLASS - 2 hours in our dedicated uilleann pipe workshop.
MEALS – Dinner will be provided on Friday and Saturday evening, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
FESTIVAL PASS – Free entry to all events including performances by Paddy Keenan, Lúnasa, John McSherry & Ulaid, Dàimh and many more
ACCOMMODATION – Accommodation is not included in the package this year but the festival will be able to offer assistance to anyone who requires it. We have special rates available at a number of local hotels/B&Bs.
Click here to apply
All queries to course administrator - Caolan Hendron