From 1 December 2001, this site will no longer be kept up-to-date.
The Guild was founded in Britain in 1932. Its main aim is the threefold craft of making, playing and decorating bamboo pipes. Pipes are made for personal use, and are not sold - i.e. if you want to play one, you'll have to make one!
The idea of making bamboo pipes has spread around the world, with groups and guilds in Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, the U.S.A., and Japan. All of the guilds are members of a federation, which meets every five years at an international course.
Many well-known composers have written for the pipes: R. Vaughan Williams,
Imogen Holst, W. S. Lloyd-Webber, Michael Head, Elizabeth Poston, Claude Arrieu
and others. Works have been commissioned from Geoffrey Winters, Alan Bush, Edwin
Roxburgh, Curdin Janett and Betty Roe. Much music from the past (Bach, Purcell,
Mozart, etc.) has been very successfully arranged. Early music, i.e. medieval
and renaissance music, sounds particularly well on pipes.
Click on the button to go to 'The Sound of the Pipes' page.
First, for the satisfaction: there is a special thrill in using an instrument you have made yourself. Secondly, it makes you a craftsman as well as a musician. Thirdly, it is an ideal way of learning the rudiments of music. Pipes are made and tuned one note at a time; the complete beginner (of any age) learns to play their pipe as they make it. For more advanced players there is the pleasure of ensemble playing in trios, quartets and larger groups.
Click here to go to the Contacts page.
Where to Get Tools & Music - Links - Contacts
Last update: January 2002
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