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The William Kennedy Piping Festival returns!

After a one-year pause, one of the longest-running international festivals of pipe-based music anywhere in the world is returning to Armagh. The 27th William Kennedy Piping Festival takes place on 18-21 November, and tickets for the concerts, Piping Academy and master classes are on sale now. For the full programme, see here. The 2021 Festival will not be like the massive 80-artist events of recent years: it is scaled down to ensure, as far as we can, Covid-safe events, with a back-to-roots emphasis on Irish piping, but a few superb overseas guests.

You can book here for any of the three Festival Concerts (or a Festival Pass covering all three), for the limited number of places in the three-day Piping Academy, or for Saturday’s expert workshops for harp, accordion and singing, or Sunday’s for fiddle. Louise Mulcahy’s lecture on women in piping, on Friday, is free of charge. Schools wishing to host a one-hour concert on Thursday or Friday should contact the Pipers Club office urgently (info@armaghpipers.com).  

Still some places available in our Monday classes!

After a year and a half of all-online teaching, via a combination of recorded lessons and live Zoom lessons, we are delighted to announce that on 13 September Armagh Pipers Club returned to face-to-face teaching for the coming year.  Up to 40 classes per week (depending on demand) are being delivered in Coláiste Chaitríona, the Irish-medium unit in the lower block of St Catherine’s College.  These cover accordion, banjo, concertina, fiddle, flute, harp, tin whistle and uilleann pipes at up to four levels per instrument, from beginner to advanced, with classes also in singing and in session playing.  This year, needless to say, we will have Covid safety measures in place and these have been approved by the school.  Once again, funding from the Arts Council has enabled us to freeze tuition fees at the level of £100 per term, with the third term free of charge.  If you would like further information, please email us (info@armaghpipers.com).  

To register for the current term, click here.  Classes are on Mondays, 7pm and 8pm.

About the Club

Armagh Pipers Club is an independent traditional music teaching organisation based in Armagh City. It provides around 1,000 lessons per year, at various levels, for eight instruments and singing. It also runs an annual international festival of pipe-based music. For more information click here…

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