Piping Weekend in Talbot, 2-4 Aug 2013

The newly-launched Celtic Piping Club is proud to host its Piping Weekend on 2-4 August.

Held in the tiny town of Talbot "where the gold rush began", the weekend will provide opportunities to get together with other pipers and share tunes, ideas, tips and laughs.

The weekend will be ideal for players of, or people interested in, the Scottish smallpipes, uilleann pipes, Northumbrian smallpipes or any other form of Celtic pipes. This includes both mouth-blown and bellows-blown instruments. Partners/spouses are also welcome.

The programme will include music workshops, maintenance, meals, socialising, informal playing and a very special concert.



Friday 2 August

Participants arrive between 4.00 and 8.00pm. Please note there is no meal supplied on the Friday night although participants are welcome to use the kitchen to prepare or heat food.

On the Friday evening there will be opportunities for pipes maintenance (to make sure they’re in working order for the weekend!) and a social night of piping.

Saturday 3 August

There will be a full day of music workshops between 9.00am-3.00pm. At 4.00pm the Celtic Piping Club will host a special concert in the Talbot Town Hall, open to the local community. This concert will feature playing of the Celtic pipes with headline act, The Taliska Trio. Taliska is a delightful Scottish folk band including Scottish smallpipes, fiddle, guitar and singing. The day will conclude with dinner and social piping.

Sunday 4 August

This day is reserved for further piping workshop sessions. The Piping Weekend will conclude with lunch and check-out at 1.30pm.


Venue / Accommodation

The Piping Weekend will be held at Chesterfield House, 2 Ballarat Street North, Talbot.

Talbot is a small community located 15kms south of Maryborough, off the Ballarat-Maryborough Road. Allow about 50mins travel time from Ballarat.

Talbot was a bustling goldrush town in the 1850s. Today it is a quiet and charming village, featuring a number of historic buildings. Chesterfield House was built in 1866. Formerly a hotel, the establishment operated as a pub for nearly 100 years. It is now fully refurbished and available for group hire.

Chesterfield House offers accommodation for approx. 10 people in a combination of double rooms and twin and triple-share rooms. For pictures etc. see http://www.chesterfieldhousebandb.com.au/.

There are other accommodation options available in the Talbot township, ranging from basic camping to deluxe. Chesterfield House also offers five private double cottages located in the gardens of the main manor house. Check out www.talbottourism.org for further accommodation options.

Pricing / Bookings
You will need to book participation and accommodation (if staying at Chesterfield House). First choose your participation booking then click "Add to Cart". You will then be taken to the shopping cart page. From this page you can add another participation booking or book your accommodation by selecting "Continue Shopping", or continue to the secure payment page. Payment by major credit cards via PayPal. Please contact us if you wish to use a different payment method.
Registrations are due by Thursday 25 July. If you are unable to book by this date but want to come along, please contact us. We'd love to see you there and should be able to sort out something so you can join in too.