Fri 25 – Sun 27 Oct 2019

Bagpipe Ensemble Weekend

Tutors: Callum Armstrong & Matthias Branschke. Hasway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Somerset

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Blowout 2019 5 May 2019

31 May to 2 June 2019 Blowout Bagpipe Festival, Polesworth, Warks. (UK).

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Fri 10 – Sun 12 May 2019

Säckpipa! & Swedish Bagpipe Tunes

Tutor: Vicki Swan. Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Somerset

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Chanter Winter 2016 3 Mar 2018

10 March 2018 International Bagpipe Day

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Chanter Winter 2016 11 Nov 2017

9 to 11 November 2017 Early Music Festival and Exhibition, London.

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Chanter Winter 2016 9 Sep 2017

7 to 10 September 2017 Medieval Music in the Dales (UK)

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Le Son Continu 7 Jul 2017

13 to 16 July 2017 Le Son Continu (France)

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Blowout 2017 6 Jun 2017

2/4th June 2017

The Blowout Bagpipe Festival, Polesworth, Staffs, UK

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Burns night 1 Jan 2017

Get out and play your pipes!

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10th/12th November 2016

Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition

Note new venue: Blackheath Halls

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Saturday, September 3 at 8:30 PM

Claustre Pollença, Mallorca

Cassandre Balbar ha finalitzat la tesi doctoral sobre les xeremies a Mallorca a través de la -SOAS University of London. Un treball extens sobre aquesta cornamusa en l’àmbit social i antropològic des d’una perspectiva acadèmica. Us esperem a la seva presentació el dissabte 3 de setembre a les 20,30 h al Claustre de Pollença.

Cassandre Balbo has completed her doctoral thesis (at SOAS University of London) on the bagpipes in Mallorca. It is an extensive work on the social and anthropological aspects of the bagpipe from an academic perspective. We look forward to his presentation on September 3 at 20.30 pm in the Cloister Pollensa, Mallorca.

About Cassandre:

Cassandre Balbar started playing the recorder at the age of five. She studied early music in Orsay with Jean-Pierre Nicolas, Sébastien Marq, Maud Caille and Jean-François Novelli. Other influential teachers include Jean Tubéry and Patrick Bismuth. She collaborated several years with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, directed by Olivier Schneebeli.

Classically trained, she obtained her Diplôme d’Études Musicales in 2006. After many years of performing early music, she started exploring the world of folk music both through the recorder and the Galician bagpipes which she discovered during one of her many trips to Spain.

She is now a prolific performer in many different kinds of traditions and her time in London has enabled her to widen her musical knowledge. She regularly performs with bands from different cultural backgrounds including Italy, the UK, France, Sweden, Anatolia and more recently North-West Africa. She has performed at many festivals and venues including the Proms, the Sage, Musicport, Mondomix project, Aan Korb BBC festival, Bloomsbury festival, Urkult, Korro, Stockholm folk festival, Cambridge Big Weekend and Southbank busking festival.

She completed a PhD in ethnomusicology at SOAS, focusing on the anthropology of the Mallorcan bagpipes and founded the International Bagpipe Conference series in 2012. She is now a postdoctoral researcher at Paris-Sorbonne within the GeAcMus programme. Read more about her research.

Cassandre is an avid folk dancer and co-organises with David Heath regular dances in London through the SOAS French Folk Dance Society.

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2nd/4th September 2016

Medieval Music in the Dales

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The Pipers’ Gathering is North America’s most comprehensive alternative bagpipe event!

20th and 21st August 2016.

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7th/14th August 2016

The Historical Dance Society Summer School, Stonyhurst College, near Clitheroe, UK

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