Welcome to the Ipswich Piping Society, lovers of bagpipes of all sorts, who gather every Monday evening from the farthest corners of East Anglia to chat about bagpipe music, play some tunes and learn some new tricks. Sometimes we can even be persuaded to venture out in public!
We are not a pipe band but simply love the music and the chance to learn from anyone of like mind. When we come out to play it’s to pass on our enthusiasm. We hope that you’ll experience and enjoy a little of this amazing music.
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Once again we had a great time at the MHAS Open Day on September 11. The YouTube video here captures the flavour of the occasion – the piping is about 25 minutes in (!) Next year is their centenary – that’ll be fun!
The 2017 Ipswich Piping Society Recital will be on Friday March 17 at 7.30pm at the Holiday Inn. And who will the world-class recitalist be? Watch this space, you won’t be disappointed…..
The Society was honoured to be invited to play on the last day of Aldeburgh Music Festival’s lunchtime concerts on the beach on June 26. Well it did rain a bit but we played Highland Cathedral with the famous Co-op Brass Band and a good set for pipes only. Thanks for asking us and we’ll look forward to future events. Last year we played at the Aldeburgh Musicircus so we are hoping to join in again with any future version of music on the beach. Photos by piper Ron Bossingham
Great day for Ipswich pipers in Colchester on June 12 – success for pipers playing with Essex Caledonian and Glenmoriston pipe bands and also a first place in the under 14s quick march for Albie Willett who played Miss Elspeth Campbell. He also came 2nd in the under 18s march, strathspey and reel. Well done by our youngest society member!
Well that was some evening; the fifth year of the Society’s recitals and the best attended yet (around 90 people came along, some from considerable distances and ranging in age from 11 to 90ish….). Terry played a fabulous range of mostly Irish tunes, many of them his own compositions and the room was enthralled. His sound and style were very wonderful; copies of his music collections flew off the table as we all tried to work out how to get anywhere near the way he conjured beautiful, special music from his impeccable sounding bagpipes. Watch this space and we’ll try to come up with a recital next year which comes somewhere close to that quality.
We were privileged to be invited to play at the ACCE (Anglo-Chinese Cultural Exchange) celebration of the Chinese New Year in the Ipswich Corn Exchange on Sunday February 21 – and even played a couple of Chinese tunes. Here are Alex Carruthers and David Gillingwater belting out the traditional New Year tune Gong Xi Gong Xi! Thanks for inviting us, we had a great evening…..
Terry followed in the footsteps of his paternal grandfather, father, mother and uncles who were all pipers. His first lessons began in 1966 – his first and only tutor was his father Tommy.
Terry’s solo career began in the juvenile grade at the All Ireland Championships in 1971 where he finished 3rd. Throughout his 25 plus years competing in solos, he went on to win many titles including three senior All Ireland titles.
In 1973 Terry joined St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band along with this two piping brothers Patrick and Brendan and under the leadership of his father. 1974 was a proud moment for PM Tommy Tully when he was carried off the field by his three sons and other band members after winning the Grade 3 All Ireland Championships.
Terry became Pipe Sergeant of the band in 1980, a job which also included helping his father with setting up the sound.
Terry retired as Pipe Major of the St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band at the end of the 2013 season.
His proudest moment came when his own son Alen and other band members carried him off the field after winning the Grade One World Pipe Band Championships in 2010.
For more details and to reserve a £12 ticket for this great recital (at 7.30pm at the Holiday Inn, The Havens, 2 Ransome’s Europark, Ipswich IP3 9SJ) , just email email@example.com
A great evening’s piping in Framlingham as part of their Christmas fair – thanks for having us for a third year. And then we were off to the excellent Greyhound Inn in Pettistree for our celebratory meal out. A very good year, with new members of all ages – including at least one 11-year-old whose piping is something to aspire to!
For the fifth straight year we played at the MHAS open day on September 6; as always the venue was packed with visitors having a good day out and remembering the role of Martlesham during World War II; a fly past by a 1940s Dakota captured the spirit perfectly. We did two sets at 2.00pm and 3.00pm, some of the tunes that we’ll also be doing at the Framingham Christmas Fair on December 4 – the 51st Highland Division’s Farewell to Sicily followed by Farewell to the Creeks is very nice; both wars encapsulated in much the same melody. Photo by Rachel Hockley-Warner who also played a fantastic bugle….