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.

Enjoy our website and please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

IPS Recital 2022

Great news! The Piping Society is holding its next recital on Friday March 11 2022 at 7.30pm at the Holiday Inn, Ransome’s Europark, Ipswich – and our piper on the night is the brilliant Callum Beaumont.

Building on a long career in both solo and band environments Callum has come to the fore as one of the world’s most prominent and sought after pipers.  The winner of some of the most famous competitions in world piping including the prestigious Clasp at the Northern Meetings four times and four World Pipe Band Championships amongst his many achievements.

Hold the date! Ticket details etc will be published soon but if you want to be sure of a seat please email Jim Jarvie at the Society –

The Society’s 2021 AGM

The Society can’t meet in person but we’ve been having regular Zoom seasons to play and practise – and we even managed to hold our AGM on February 1; well attended and enjoyed. Onwards to another piping year….

Ipswich Pipers mark VJ Day

Alex Carruthers in Trimley and Jim Jarvie in Pettistree both played The Battle’s O’er to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day this year.

Pipers in the Lockdown!


Ipswich pipers have been busy honouring our wonderful NHS and other essential workers on Thursday evenings, and also marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day!

Meetings Suspended

In the light of the coronavirus situation, the Society will not meet for at least six weeks; watch this space for further news and a date for resumption of regular activities.  Practise well and stay safe!

Ipswich Recital Postponed

In the light of today’s government advice the Society has decided to postpone its March 20 recital by Callum Beaumont. We will announce an alternative date as soon as possible.

Ipswich Recital 2020

The Callum Beaumont recital at the Holiday Inn on Friday March 20 at 7.30pm is still happening.  All those who have booked tickets are welcome to attend, and the hotel has advised us that hand washing facilities are fully stocked and readily available.  There will be sanitiser dispensers at the front desk in addition to all the usual equipment in the toilets.

Please keep an eye on this website for updates.  If the situation changes, we will publish the information here as soon as we can.  If you have any concerns you can contact us by emailing

Meantime, let’s enjoy the music by one of the world’s best pipers!

IPS Christmas Dinner

Society members enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner at Arlingtons in Ipswich, now under the ownership of a keen piper!

Ipswich Recital 2020 – not to be missed!

St Andrews Day Gala Dinner


To celebrate St Andrew’s Day in style, Ipswich Piping Society are sponsoring a gala dinner at 7.00pm on November 30, 2019 at Arlingtons Restaurant in Ipswich (13 Museum Street, Ipswich IP1 1HE). We would be delighted if you could join us to celebrate the Patron Saint of Scotland in the traditional way – fine food, a wee dram perhaps and some music.

The evening will include piping and a 3 course dinner consisting of;

•Scottish smoked salmon with rocket, capers and parmigiano (Vegetarian/vegan option available)


•Scottish Roast striploin of beef with roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables and horseradish gravy

•Vegetarian haggis risotto with broccoli and blue cheese (Vegan option available)


•Scottish raspberry, apple and pear crumble with creme écossais (Vegan option available)

The cost of this wonderful evening of piping and piping hot food is £ 35 plus £ 1.75 booking fee. Please follow the link below to make your booking;

Non IPS Members –

or alternatively, please visit for further details – and take the virtual tour on their homepage to see what a great venue it is!

We look forward to welcoming you to our St Andrew’s Day Dinner.  Any questions please contact

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