The Piper's Rendezvous is a weekend retreat at the beautiful Orford Music School featuring classes, workshops, mini-concerts, sessions and tutorials primarily for a variety of Scottish and Border bellows- blown bagpipes, but other 'piper friendly' instruments such as whistles, flute, fiddle are welcome to participate. The Piper's Rendezvous will offer two-hour long classes at a variety of levels in Scottish Smallpipes, Border bagpipes, Northumbrian smallpipes and whistle – with a focus on Scottish and Border music. We also expect to hold classes on the music of Cape Breton and Quebec.
The Friday night introductory session will be an opportunity to meet and greet and play some tunes. On Saturday there will be classes and workshops, and on Saturday evening there will be a multi-media presentation followed by an informal music session. On Sunday there will be more classes, workshops and a concert featuring tutors and participants. The event ending by 18.00pm on Sunday.
The Tutors Confirmed so far are:-
Gordon Mooney – Scottish Border, Scottish smallpipes, Northumbrian smallpipes, high and low whistles.
Barry Shears - Cape Breton piping specialist and author.
Nancy Lyon - Celtic Harp and whistles
More talent later.
Once again we are very excited to be holding a Pipers Rendezvous in Canada at the beautiful Orford Music School, Orford, Quebec near Magog (a little earlier this year) on the weekend of 27th to 29th September 2019. The event is supported by the Lowland and Border Pipers Society. If you are coming from the USA you will need a passport and the Canadian Border is very friendly as are the Quebec people who, beside their natural French, usually have good English. All participants will stay at the Orford Music School and can check in after 4.00pm on Friday 27th September and will vacate their rooms by 11.00am on Sunday 29th October. (By prior arrangement it may be possible to stay until Monday).
The Orford Music facility offers plenty of room for us to play music together and participate in group lessons, workshops and private lessons. Meals are served cafeteria-style and there are choices to suit various diets. A bar is open during meals. Accommodation is in single or shared double room. Each room in the reserved building has a queen bed and a single bed. WiFi is available throughout the site and the grounds are open and give access to the walks and trails of the Mount Orford National Park. In September/October the area will be decked in Fall colours. Bring a friend or partner, there is so much to see and do in this beautiful area. Map of the National Park
More information about content and a schedule will be added soon.
You can reserve a place if you pay $150ca by 1st May and the remainder before 25th September 2019. This year there are ten rooms available for participants and their companions. If you are in Canada you can pay by Interac. E-mail Pipersrendezvous@gmail.com for details.