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The Bagpipe Colloquium 2013

12 August 2013


Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments is organising a colloquium on bagpipes, to be held at St Cecilia's Hall, Cowgate, Edinburgh.

The Colloquium will present recent research on topics related to the history, making and performance of bagpipes in Britain (all periods) and related aspects of repertoire and the social milieu of bagpipe playing in Scotland, England and Ireland.

The Colloquium is being held in conjunction with the special exhibition of historic bagpipes from Scotland, England and Ireland The Piper's Whim (1 - 31 August 2013) at St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh. This exhibition will be the culmination of the project Enriching our Musical Heritage funded by the U.K. Heritage Lottey Fund as part of the HLF Collecting Cultures programme.

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See Abstracts of Papers

9:00   Registration

9:15   First Session
Session chairman: Arnold Myers, University of Edinburgh

9:15   Before the bag: piping in Britain and Ireland, 700-1300
Barnaby Brown, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Music

10:00   Bellows Bagpipes in 17th century England and the Origins of the Border Pipe
Paul Roberts  

10:45   The Bagpipe in the Nineteenth Century English "Soundscape" and Imagination
Clive Matthews, University of East Anglia, School of Language and Communication Studies

11:30   Coffee

11:50   Second Session
Session chairman: Hugh Cheape, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands & Islands

11:50   Digging the Dird - the dance music of the Lowland piper
Pete Stewart, The Lowland and Border Pipers' Society

12:30   The blossoming of the Northumberland small-pipes in late 18th/early 19th centuries
Graham Wells  

14:30   Third Session
Session chairman: Graham Wells  

14:30   Fact and Fiction: The 'Bannochburn' or MacIntyre Pipes and their owners
Keith Sanger  

15:05   'Bundle and go': contradictions in the record of piping in Scotland
Hugh Cheape, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands & Islands

15:40   Tea

16.00   Fourth Session
Session chairman: Sarah Deters, University of Edinburgh

16:00   "A handsome pipe of superior tone and workmanship" - A Collector's Approach to the Study of Early Scottish Bagpipes
Andreas Hartmann-Virnich, Université d'Aix-Marseille, Laboratoire d'Archéologie Médiévale et Moderne en Méditerranée LA3M UMR 7298

16:45   Noting The Tradition
James Beaton, The National Piping Centre, Glasgow

The Colloquium will be followed at 19:30 by the concert Ceòl na Pìoba is Ceòl na Gàidhealtachd - an evening of traditional Highland music organised in association with the National Piping Centre, Glasgow and Piping Live! 2013


The fee for attendance at the Colloquium is 10 pounds. This covers entrance to the sessions and refreshments in the morning and afternoon breaks.

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This event is part of the celebrations of the 250th Anniversary of the opening of St Cecilia's Hall 250th Anniversary of St Cecilia's Hall

Further information

Arnold Myers,
Collection of Historic Musical Instruments,
University of Edinburgh,
Reid Concert Hall,
Bristo Square,
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