10th - 12th May 2019

Swedish Bagpipe Tunes at Halsway Manor

The second weekend of säckpipa playing at Halsway Manor is now in the diary.
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An enjoyable full-on fun-packed workshop weekend with Vicki Swan to introduce players to both the säckpipa (Swedish Bagpipes) and Swedish bagpipe music.

Who's it For?
Details are not set in stone for the second weekend of säckpipa, but if we get enough people booking on early enough we will bring a tutor over from Sweden and hope to cover these things with three tutors:

  • Säckpipa players (E/A chanter preferably with major and minor 3rd and 6th)
  • G border pipes (it may be possible to borrow sets of säckpipa to use for the weekend)
  • Complete beginners
  • There may be some opportunity to play together as an ensemble with all combinations, but different workshops will address different musical things.

Get in touch if you'd like to check your pipes are ok. If you are in the process of ordering a set of Swedish pipes - the majority of us use the E/A chanter. (A six finger E).

Vicki Swan
Vicki is a second generation piper and holds the Zorn Brons award for the traditional playing of the säckpipa. Vicki holds a degree in music specialising in performance, is a qualified music teacher specialising in instrumental music tuition,  has a post graduate qualification from the Royal College of Music in London (for performance). Although now possibly better known for teaching and playing the nyckelharpa, Vicki's Masters Thesis was an investigation into the teaching and learning of the Scottish Smallpipes Online Using Podcasting as a Distribution Medium.

Jonny Dyer
Jonny was taught Highland Pipes by Roddy Swan, but in deference to the neighbours now only plays his Sean Jones border pipes in G and Alban Faust säckpipa. Jonny will be teaching the beginner classes alongside Vicki.

Topics Covered

  • The Standard Swedish Säckpipa Repertoire
  • Tunes from Småland
  • Articulation
  • General bagpipe technique

Draft Schedule

Friday 10th
16:00 Arrival
18:30 Dinner
19:30 – 21:00 Workshop 1 – meeting everyone, playing some tunes

Saturday 11th
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 Piparhythmics 1
10:00 – 11:00 Workshop 2
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:45 Workshop 3
13:00 Lunch
14:15 – 15:15 About the Reeds
15:15 – 16:00 Workshop 4
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:30 Walk up the Hill – bring walking boots (optional!)
18:30 Dinner
20:00 Unofficial Concert

Sunday 12th
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 Piparhythmics 2
10:00 – 11:00 Workshop 5
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:45 Workshop 6
13:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Workshop 7Including Procession and photos
16:00 Scones!

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How to Book:
Phone Halsway Manor and ask for Viv to make your booking - +44 1984 618274

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These pipes and keys welcome

  • The workshops will take place on säckpipa in A/E - (preferred)
  • Some sessions will be conducted on English Border pipes in G