The William Kennedy Piping Academy aims to bring a new dimension to the teaching and appreciation of uilleann piping through a comprehensive tutorial programme or immersion course, covering all aspects of performance as well as the making and maintenance of uilleann pipes under the direction of universally respected pipers and artists.
The Academy is designed for musicians over the age of 18. Students under 18 will be considered with parental consent and on a case by case basis.
The course is designed for those who have a good grasp of uilleann pipes already – intermediate to advanced students only. There is a separate introduction/beginners uilleann pipes class available - see here. Students should be comfortable learning by ear. Ideally students will also be able to read & write music, however this is less important. A sound recording device can be used by students in classes.
We hope to create a friendly and supportive environment for learning, however it is up to the individual to ensure they turn up to classes, meals and events in time and make full use of the unique opportunities the Academy provides.
Participation on the course is by online application only (Application form) Prospective students should complete the online application and pay the appropriate fee before Friday 11th November.
The course costs £115.50 and includes the following:
ACADEMY TUITION - There will be 8 hours teaching in small groups. Students will have 3 sessions with their main tutor (to be decided on Saturday morning) plus a further session with a different tutor. Tutors will include Pádraig McGovern, Kevin Rowsome, David Power, Eliot Grasso, Mick O'Brien and Eamonn Curran.
PIPE MAKING & MAINTENANCE CLASS - 3 hours in our dedicated uilleann pipe workshop.
LECTURES - On Friday there will be a lecture entitled "Pipers of Monaghan" by Dr. Seán McElwaine, while on Saturday there will be a discussion/interview entitled "Pipers and their pipes" with David Power and Kevin Rowsome.
MEALS – All meals will be provided in Armagh City Hotel - Dinner on Friday and Saturday and Lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
FESTIVAL PASS – Free entry to all events from Friday onwards including (piping) performances by Paddy Keenan, John McSherry, Cillian Vallely, Sheila Friel, Maitiú Ó Casaide, John Tuohy, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Jarlath Henderson, the academy tutors and many more. Full festival programme here.
ACCOMMODATION – Accommodation is not included in the package this year but the festival will be able to offer assistance to anyone who requires it. We have special rates available at a number of local hotels/B&Bs.
Click here for online application form
All queries to course administrator - Caolan Hendron