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The Spring Gatherin' Announces 2015 Masterclass...

25 April 2015

The Spring Gatherin' Announces 2015 Masterclass Programme for Saturday 25th April.

The Spring Gatherin’ is delighted to release its 2015 Masterclass Programme, which will be offered on Saturday, 25th April at the Ramada Plaza Belfast. Some of the piping and drumming world’s most recognized and respected professionals will be leading hour-long classes, starting from 10am and running until 1pm. These classes will be free to attend for anyone who purchases a £10 day ticket for the Saturday of the Spring Gatherin’. 

Colin Wasson, Director of The Spring Gatherin’, said “We are proud to be able to offer such a top-notch variety of masterclasses in our inaugural year. Professionals such as Colin MacLellan, Fred Morrison, Margaret Dunn, Craig Munro, Lee Lawson and the Northern Ireland School of Piping and Drumming will all be leading sessions as part of our 2015 Masterclass Programme.”

Anyone wishing to attend one or more of the masterclasses is asked to register their interest at Spaces will be limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.



Chanter Reed Set Up And Manipulation With Colin MacLellan

Sponsored By

Learn how chanter reeds are constructed

Learn how to set up reeds with maximum air efficiency and breadth of tone

Specifics of tuning and note intervals

Learn how to make chanter reeds last and have maximum life

Rudiments World Tour

Sponsored By The NI School Of Piping And Drumming

Take a spin around the world of drumming while keeping your feet firmly on the ground of the Ramada Plaza Hotel!  This Masterclass will immerse students in the 40 essential drumming rudiments, with a focus on Pipe Band rudiments and Swiss Drumming rudiments


Mastering The 2/4 March With Margaret Dunn

Learn the ins and outs of playing a 2/4 March like a pro, with the multi-prize winning soloist, Grade 1 World Champion, Pipe Major and qualified examiner for the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board, Margaret Dunn

Understand & Appreciate Your Bagpipes With Craig Munro

Sponsored By Wallace Bagpipes

The Masterclass takes you on the journey of an African Blackwood seed through the plantation and harvesting stage in Tanzania, through to a guided tour of the Wallace Bagpipes manufacturing process.

New Ideas To Improve Your Performance And Technique

Sponsored By The NI School Of Piping And Drumming

This immersive Masterclass will focus on:

Technique and relaxation

Hand position

Drumming concepts

Moeller strokes

Upstroke, downstroke and inner beats


Minute drills

New Ideas – Benny Greb

Masterclass With Lee Lawson

Sponsored By Lee Lawson Music

Participants will learn some of the craft’s top tips and techniques from Lee, a barrier-shattering and award-winning Drummer from Northern Ireland

12.00 Noon

Highland Dress For Success

Sponsored By Essey Musical

You, or your Band, are now sounding great, but can you say the same for how you look?  See, feel and hear all about how top quality pipe band uniforms are made and how you can look your best in Highland wear.

Fred Morrison Masterclass


Fred will demonstrate the crossing over for Pipers to instruments such as Reelpipes, Low Whistle and Uilleann Pipes, including discussion and questions



The Spring Gatherin’ takes place on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April 2015 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast.

Part -Performance Part-Masterclass, Part-Exhibition, this event will give the piping and drumming community the opportunity to see some of the best pipers and drummers compete in the luxurious surroundings of the Ramada Plaza Hotel.

A full list of events, exhibitors and daily programme is available on the event website

You will also be able to apply to take part in the events open to participants and pay for your registration fees on line through this web site.