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Armagh Pipers Club: teaching Irish traditional music since 1966! 

Throughout that time our aim has always been to deliver high-quality, low-cost instruction in a caring, supportive and safe environment, focussing on enjoyment rather than competition. We teach accordion, banjo, concertina, fiddle, flute, harp, session playing, singing, tin whistle and of course the uilleann pipes. 

Registration is now open for 2024-25. The teaching year starts in early September, with an online registration form at this link: bit.ly/pipers-registration. You can also sign up in person, either by coming in to the office (call first: 07712 809933) or coming to our open night at Aonach Mhacha, Armagh on Monday 4th September from 7pm. Once you have registered, payment can be made online or in person by card, cash, bank transfer or cheque. 

We do our best to keep our classes affordable. Despite the impact of inflation, and no increase in our Arts Council Lottery funding, we have held the cost of our courses at the same rate for eleven years: the charges for Term 1 and Term 2 are £100 per term for one student, £175 for two from the same household, £225 for three and £275 for four or more. We do not charge for Term 3, but welcome voluntary donations. Classes take place in rented school premises in Armagh, with other events in the Pipers Club premises, the theatre or other venues. 

Term 1 runs until Christmas with about ten class nights, at least two family sessions, at least one “Fonn Friday” concert, National Harp Day, International Uilleann Piping Day and a Carols Concert, with the 30th William Kennedy Piping Festival in November. Term 2 runs from January to Easter, with about eight class nights, two family sessions, a Burns Night celebration, a Fonn Friday concert, LCM exams and the Pipers Club Annual Concert in the Market Place Theatre. Term 3, from Easter to mid-June, has about six class nights, two family sessions, more LCM exams and at least one Fonn Friday concert. (The numbers of classes per term will be corrected here if necessary when the 2024-25 calendar is finalised.)

William Kennedy Piping Festival

The 30th edition of the William Kennedy Piping Festival will take place in Armagh City on 14-17 November 2024. For further information, click here. See selected images from previous Festivals here.

The line-up for 2024 features great pipers and pipe-led groups from France, Cape Breton, Italy, England, Ireland and Scotland. 

For an outline of the programme, and links for booking for concerts and the Mark Donnelly Piping Academy, see here.

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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