International Uilleann Pipers Day- Saturday 6th November 2021

North West Uilleann Pipers
Photograph by David Lim

On Saturday 6th November North West Uilleann pipers will be celebrating International Uilleann Piping Day at The Yard Manchester M8 8NF https://www.theyardmcr.com/
Here is the itinerary for the day:
10am Welcome and coffee
10.30am Reed making – Sean Jones
10.30am Pipe maintenance – David Lim
11.30am The Scrape: talk/demonstration/discussion – David Lim
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Try the Pipes – Jim Horan
1.30pm Reed making – Sean Jones
1.30pm Piping workshops – Becky Taylor
3pm Piping recital/Piper’s Chair – Becky Taylor and anyone else who would like to play
4pm Finish
There will also be space and opportunities for some sociable tunes. 
To help cover costs they are charging £10 for the day or part of the day.

The Nial Judge Legacy Loan Scheme.

On the 18th March 2021 the world lost my dear old friend and musical supporter of many years, Nial Judge. Amongst many other things, he left a small collection of musical instruments and as part of a group of his close friends and family I am delighted to announce the launch of the NIAL JUDGE LEGACY LOAN SCHEME in his memory.

We have a range of instruments to go out on loan to anyone in need or who would like to learn…It’s just the sort of thing he would have loved. More details on the scheme and instruments available on the scheme page https://beckytaylor.info/yorkshirepiper/the-nial-judge-legacy-loan-scheme/

Current Teaching Rates

Lessons for all instruments are offered in slots of 1 hour or 30 minutes in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, via Skype and other online platforms, or at your home (if required) with a small additional charge to cover time and travel costs.

DBS cleared and insured – certificate available on request.

One hour – £35

Half hour – £25

Discounts for multi-instrument or extended lessons available. All lessons are strictly by appointment only, evening and daytime and occasional weekend slots are available to suit your schedule – please contact becky@beckytaylor.info or contact me here to discuss your requirements.

Cancellation Fees:

Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice – full fee payable**.
Cancellations with a weeks notice – 50% fee payable.
**Exceptions for sudden illness and covid isolation requirements, please contact me for details.


Playing my new Fred Rose whistle!

I’ve always played a high D whistle made by Fred Rose having been lucky enough to play one of his very first batch from way back in the 90s. After 30 years of hard playing I was delighted to get my hands on one of his more recent creations, it’s a ‘proper pipers whistle’ and here’s a clip of it in action.

Find out more about Fred Rose whistles at https://www.fredrose.co.uk/

Traditional Music Lessons

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid I will continue to deliver traditional music lessons online, but I am pleased to announce that face-to-face lessons will resume with caution from Monday 12th April in line with government guidelines.

I continue to offer personalised lessons in: Uilleann Pipes, Northumbrian Smallpipes, Whistle, Fiddle, Mandolin and other instruments. Absolute beginners welcome!

Teaching rates from £20 for 30 minutes, £30 for an hour with payment by BACS transfer or Paypal, cash or cheque.

“when life is good – play tunes, when life is not so good – play more tunes”

International Uilleann Piping Day 2020

It’s International Uilleann Piping Day 2020, an unusual one this year because of the global pandemic restrictions. As many events are happening online, I thought i’d share a video I did earlier this year for Na Píobairí Uilleann’s ‘piping from the parlour’ series.

https://www.facebook.com/napiobairiuilleann/videos/piping-from-the-parlour-becky-taylor/606484656733715/