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Student-led event celebrates women pipers at second International Bagpipe Conference at SOAS

6 February 2014

Skilful musicians, instrument makers, academics and bagpipe enthusiasts from across Europe will gather at SOAS, University of London next month to celebrate the diversity of bagpipes around the world.

Taking place on 8 March 2014 at SOAS and Senate House, the second International Bagpipe Conference has been organised by SOAS PhD student Cassandre Balosso-Bardin in collaboration with the Institute of Musical Research, the School of Advanced Study and SOAS.

Habelas Hainas

Habelas Hainas

The event brings bagpipe academia, dance and music to the heart of London and, as it coincides with International Women’s Day, will have a strong emphasis on women performers and scholars in what is usually a male-dominated field.

The conference will open with a free public concert with the vibrant all-female Galician band, Habelas Hainas, Goran Farkas from Croatia and the astonishing Andy May on the Northumbrian bagpipes. This will be followed by ‘A Spring Folk Ball’ with French virtuoso piper Julien Cartonnet, offering a night of dancing and entertainment.

Goran Farkas

Goran Farkas

Ms Balosso-Bardin said: “After the success of the first conference, we have received even more interest from all over the world. The speakers are all eminent experts and musicians and it is promising to be a top quality event. We shall be welcoming people from Greece, Belarus, Croatia France, Spain and even the USA.”

Booking is required for the conference and ball. The concert is free and open to the public. Visit the Second International Bagpipe Conference for more details.