Friday 14th October, 7-9pm, Victoria Hall, Sheffield.


Neil has established himself as one of the leading tutors of the Great Highland Bagpipe with his online resources being used daily by thousands, worldwide. He is a PDQB qualified teacher, and also an examination assessor. In 2015, Neil spent six months instructing the Royal Oman Police pipe band.

Neil has been called on to instruct at the College of Piping, Glasgow and has solo prize-winning pupils all over the world.

He instructs from beginner to prize-winner and is flexible in his approach to instruction, in order to tailor learning to the individual.

In working with the City of Sheffield Pipe Band, it was clear that hosting Neil in Sheffield would have a positive effect on the the band’s training and development and Neil’s visit to Sheffield is part of a weekend residency with the band, which also includes Stewart Gardiner, as the drumming instructor.

This masterclass is the only public-facing element to the residency and we extend a warm, open invite to pipers in the Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, and Scunthorpe, areas.

David Barnard, Pipe Major, City of Sheffield Pipe Band.

What’s in it for the participants?

If you are a piper who would like to participate in the masterclass, you will need to prepare a solo performance (Piob, MSR etc). Neil will then workshop your choice, in front of the public (audience) and you will benefit from both his experience and expertise, plus gaining exposure and performance experience as a solo player, yourself.

The cost to participate is £25.00 and we have a limit of 5 participants for the masterclass. Please email to apply, with a short biog and recent audio recording, to participate. Applications close 7th October.

What’s in it for the audience?

If you are a piper, a lover of piping or just curious, you are invited to make up the audience and listen and observe Neil teaching and workshop the participants. The Victoria Hall is a beautiful performance space and the seating will be set up in the round – it is also an ideal space to listen to some quality piping.

Tickets for the audience are £12 and can be purchased online or simply on the door (card and cash available). A digital programme via QR code will be available as well as a simple (free) printed programme for those who prefer.

Victoria Hall, Sheffield.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Victoria Hall?

It is located opposite the Crucible Theatre, in Norfolk Street. It is a 5-10 min walk from the Sheffield Railway Station and 200 meters from the Sheffield town Hall and Peace Gardens.

What is parking like in Sheffield?

There a number of close local multi-story parking options including Q Park and under the Crucible Theatre. Victoria Hall is opposite the Crucible Theatre. Both of these car parks, accessed off Arundal Gate, offer CCTV and bright lighting.

Can I get to Victoria Hall by train or tram?

Yes! The Sheffield railway station is a 5-10 min walk away from Victoria Hall, or a very short taxi ride. Ask your taxi to take you to the Crucible Theatre. For train times to and from Sheffield, please visit National Rail Enquires. The nearest Tram stop for Victoria Hall is Fitzalan Square/Ponds Forge – please visit the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables and journey planning.

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