Edinburgh Serpentarium 2017

Web URL: http://www.homepages.ed.ac.uk/am/serpent.html
Contrabass serpent (Wood, Huddersfield, c 1840)

Preliminary Programme and Invitation

All Known and Suspected Serpentists (and players of the English Bass Horn, Ophimonocleide, Chromatic Bass Horn, and Ophicleide) are invited to participate in a gathering near Edinburgh in May 2017.

The 2017 Serpentarium will include playing sessions, not to mention the eating and drinking in good company.

The playing sessions will take place in Carlops, a few miles outside Edinburgh, where Murray and Patsy Campbell have their home. Accommodation is available at reasonable prices in the area. Accommodation is also available in Edinburgh.

The dates will be 26-30 May 2017, and the provisional programme is:

Friday 26th May
Afternoon: arrive in Carlops; transport can be provided from Edinburgh Waverley station by arrangement (buses from the airport go directly to Waverley)
Evening: informal playing before and after supper

Saturday 27th May
All day: group practice led by Phil Humphries
Evening: pub dinner at Allan Ramsay Hotel

Sunday 28th May
Morning: 9:00 small group playing; 11:00 group practice led by Phil Humphries
Afternoon: visit to the newly refurbished St Cecilia's Hall in Edinburgh. This includes new exhibition galleries in which the University Historic Instrument Collection is displayed. Tony George has agreed to demonstrate some of the rarer serpent family instruments at that time - English bass horn and serpent forveille, maybe others.
Evening: free evening (dinner in Allan Ramsay or other hostelry, informal playing)

Monday 29th May
Morning: all day group practice led by Phil Humphries
20:00 Informal concert in Carlops Church.

Tuesday 30th May
Morning: depart, transport can be provided to Edinburgh Waverley station by arrangement

Wednesday 31st May - Monday 5th June: the Galpin Society and the American Musical Instrument Society Conference on Musical Instruments will be held in Edinburgh following the Serpentarium


Booking and fee

To book for the Edinburgh Serpentarium 2017 please e-mail Murray Campbell (address below). Registration is independent of payment, and consists simply in letting us know you are coming.

A fee of £170 per person is payable which will cover group tuition by Phil Humphries, informal meals (Friday supper, Saturday lunch, Sunday lunch, Monday lunch and tea), and other refreshments.

Payment by PayPal is preferred ('send money to friends or family'), to A.Myers@ed.ac.uk

Participants pay directly for travel, accommodation, dinners at Allan Ramsay pub.


Further Information

Write to Murray Campbell to book or for further information:


Or to Arnold Myers to pay or for further information:


This page updated: 24 March 2017