New group to keep musical heritage alive

A new young pipers' group is being formed.
A new young pipers' group is being formed.

Efforts are underway to set up the first Young Pipers’ Group in Northumberland, with the aim of attracting musicians from around the county.

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum is working with Music Partnership North to bring youngsters together and give them the chance to share their enthusiasm and skills.

The Northumbrian bagpipe group is open to anyone in full-time education between the ages of five and 18.

Young people taking part in the initiative will have the chance to work towards an Arts Award Bronze accreditation. They will also be given the opportunity to play at various events in Northumberland, meet local professional musicians and socialise with others.

Danielle Burn, who is working on behalf of Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, said: “This is an opportunity which should not be missed. The young people who take part in the group will be able to decide how the time is spent in their sessions.

“They can choose to rehearse, have skills workshops or simply chat to others who share the same interests. It will be up to them.

“The workshops will be tailored to the needs and interests of the group and the young people will be encouraged to develop their skills and knowledge by working with local professional musicians.

“We’re excited to be able to set up this group for young people, where they can meet others who enjoy playing the Northumbrian Bagpipes.

“I am sure that they will find benefit in playing and sharing their ideas with people of a similar age. We would like to encourage anyone who would like to take part to get in touch as soon as possible.”

The group is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Saturday, November 8, followed by a session on Saturday, November 22. Both sessions are due to run from 10am to 11.30am. Further sessions are planned, but dates and times are to be confirmed.

There has already been interest in the group, but there is still a chance for youngsters to sign up. To register, call Fiona Johnstone, from Music Partnership North, on 01670 624039. Alternately, email her on Fiona.Johnstone@northumberland.gov.uk