Armagh Pipers Club has provided Irish traditional music education since 1966. For 2023-24, it offers around 35 classes on Monday nights, covering eight instruments, at up to four levels, and singing. If you are joining as a new student, you can register here. The first term (September-December 2023) consists of 11 lessons and various other activities, and costs £100, with discounts as follows: two students from the same household £175, three £225, four or more £275. The second term (eight lessons, other activities, same cost) runs from January to Easter, and the third term (six lessons and other activities), to mid-June, is free of charge for all students who registered for Term 2.
All the lessons are on Monday evening, 7-8pm for beginners and improvers, and 8-9pm for intermediate and advanced, in the Irish-medium unit (lower block) of St Catherine’s College, Armagh.
For accordion, banjo, concertina, fiddle, flute, harp, tin whistle and uilleann pipes, classes will be provided at four levels. Level 1 is for complete beginners. Level 2 is for junior students who have been playing for at least year or two, so they will have a few tunes learned off. Level 3 is for intermediate students, roughly at Grade 4 in terms of the London College of Music exam structure. Level 4 is for advanced students, LCM Grade 6 and above.
We also offer adult tin whistle and adult fiddle classes. Adult students who have reached at least Level 3 are welcome to join the adult session multi-instrument class, open to anyone who can play jigs and reels.
Finally, we offer singing classes for mixed-ability groups at 7pm and 8pm. Students in a 7pm instrument class can join the 8pm singing class, and vice versa, at no extra charge.
All our classes are provided by experienced tutors, most of whom have been with the Pipers Club for years. Class sizes are kept small to ensure individual attention.
The Club facilitates access to the London College of Music examination system, enabling students to gain formal qualifications which can count towards third-level entrance points.
Payment options: you can pay the appropriate fee on our Shop page. However payments through the website are processed by a company that charges us a small fee, so from our point of view, it is best if you could transfer the amount direct to our bank account: Armagh Pipers Club, sort code 98-01-90, account 12884667, using the student’s name as the payment reference. If you are unable to pay online, please call 07712 809933 to make other arrangements to pay by card, cash or cheque.