Pipers tune in to the festive spirit

Robson's Choice, a Northumbrian Smallpipes band, are releasing a CD in aid of St Oswald's Hospice.

Robson's Choice, a Northumbrian Smallpipes band, are releasing a CD in aid of St Oswald's Hospice.

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A POPULAR piping group is tuning into the festive spirit after recording a new charity album.

Robson’s Choice, which is known throughout the county for its slow airs and foot-tapping jigs, has made the 13 track CD in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.

The group launched the album at Morpeth Chantry yesterday (Wednesday) at an informal concert.

Member Louise Woodman, of Stannington, said: “We get together to play mainly because we enjoy making music together, but knowing that we are raising money for such a well respected and well known cause gives us a focus and brings an extra meaning to our music.”

The group was formed 13 years ago at Jane Robson’s Northumbrian piping class and over the years more musicians, including a guitarist and fiddler, have joined to make a 15-strong band, specialising in traditional music.

The new CD was recorded by Anthony Robb, from Hooky Mat Records, who kindly donated his time to the project.

He said: “It was a pleasure to get involved with this project as Robson’s Choice do a great job promoting the pipes and St Oswald’s is fantastic. I owe them a debt of gratitude for the wonderful way they helped my auntie a few years ago.”

The album is available to buy from St Oswald’s shops across the region, as well as online at www.stoswaldsuk.org

Proceeds will help the hospice to provide specialist care for North East adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions.