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International Bagpipe Conference

The International Bagpipe Conferences are organised by the International Bagpipe Organisation (IBO), founded and directed by SOAS PhD student Cassandre Balosso-Bardin.
Listen to the podcasts of the speakers' presentations and of the concert of the First International Bagpipe Conference.
The First International Bagpipe Conference took place on the 10th March 2012 at Senate House, London with the support of SOAS, the Institute for Musical Research, the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, the Bagpipe Society and the EFDSS. Over a hundred people attended with a day of talks and concerts showcasing the many different bagpipes in the world. BBC radio and TV featured the event with interviews on Today, Double Take, Newshour and on the Breakfast Show:

For more information, visit the IBO's website:

Barnaby Brown
Jean Pierre Van Hees
Remy Palezis
The English Bagpipe Orchestra (Jon Swayne)

Opening Speech by Cassandre Balosso-Bardin

Bagpipes Playing in Contemporary Portugal: Some Key Processes within a Vibrant Musical Practice

Susana Moreno Fernández
University of Valladolid (Spain)

The Galician Bagpipe: A Seductive Nation.

Mano Panforreteiro

Lessons learned reproducing Highland piping's most precious relic

By Barnaby Brown (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Julian Goodacre (bagpipe maker, Peebles)

The bagpipe in India

Peter Cooke (SOAS)

Introduction to afternoon session by Professor Keith Howard

Revival of the Languedocian Bodega

Sophie Jacques de Dixmunde

The Northumbrian small-pipes: a missed opportunity?

Dr Graham Wells

Essay on a new typology of bagpipes

Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Van Hees – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)

Closing Talk by Cassandre Balosso-Bardin