Meeting Point: Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum

‘Shannan’ by Ziad Labero with the Baghdaddies with Northumbrian pipers at the Morpeth Gathering, a Meeting Point commissionInspired by Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, musician Ziad Jabero from the Baghdaddies developed a new piece of music ‘Spannan’ to celebrate the Northumbrian Bagpipes. Developed through public community engagement the new music was premiered as part of the historical Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering on 2 April 2016

Watch a video of Spannan  

An additional film was created documenting the premiere performance at Northumbrian Gathering and another performance at Woodhorn Miners Picnic 2016, which featured Kathryn Tickell – See performance 

  • Facts

    Title Spannan
    Historical Sites Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, Morpeth Market Place
    Lead Artists Ziad Jabero working with the Baghdaddies
    Artwork Performance
    Partners / Stakeholders Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Musuem, Morpeth Gathering, Arts&Heritage and Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund
    Budget £8000.00
    Development 3 months
    Dates 2nd April 2016
  • Description


    The project is part of the Meeting Point project led by Arts&Heritage, which saw nine new contemporary art installations at four museums in the North East and five museums in Yorkshire during 2016. Meeting Point is funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.

    Ziad Jabero created a 21st Century sound to celebrate the Northumbrian Bagpipes. Jabero worked with museum staff and local bagpipe players to create music that mixes traditional sounds and local talent with other European styles and contemporary beats. The music was performed at Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering on 2 April 2016.


    • To place Northumbrian Bagpipes in a new context with contemporary styles of music
    • To reach out to international partners through music
    • To create a dynamic performance representing Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
    • Increase visitor numbers to both Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
    • To engage in an action-learning project that will develop Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum’s cultural offer by commissioning contemporary artists


    Arts&Heritage supported the nine participating museums throughout the process, sharing knowledge of presenting contemporary art projects and commissions in non-traditional art spaces.

    A networking event between the participating museums and 40 artists from across the UK took place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and visits to artists’ studios were arranged. Museum teams also met with peers at other properties to learn how they successfully delivered contemporary art projects at their museums and heritage sites.

    All museums developed their own Artist’s Brief. Following the networking event artists were invited to send in an expression of interest to museums that interested therm.

    Three artists were shortlisted by each museum to draw up a more detailed proposal and were paid £500 each.


    Information to follow


    £8,000 to include all materials, travel and installation costs

    £500 paid to each of 3 artists shortlisted

  • Audience Engagement



    Baghdaddies and Northumbrian Pipers at Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum © Jonathan Turner

    Baghdaddies and Northumbrian Pipers at Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum © Jonathan Turner


    • To raise the profile of Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museums to their local audience and attract new audience
    • To attract contemporary visual artists to reinterpret Northumbrian traditions
    • To develop and build a regional and national audience for the Meeting Point project commissions

    A marketing campaign for the Meeting Point project was led and delivered by Emma Pybus and David Brookbanks.

    The Meeting Point project was documented by Jonathan Turner and Peter Spence


    Ziad Jabero worked with local musicians and bagpipe players in the composition of Spannan and the final performance.

    Pipers visiting the gathering on April 2 were encouraged to join in with the performance to help create the characteristic ‘droning’ sound of the bagpipes.

    The event was filmed and shared with Ziad Jabero and The Baghdaddies international partners to encourage the building of international relationships and pairings between music traditions.

  • Artist Information

    The Baghaddies ©

    The Baghaddies ©


    Ziad Jabero is a Newcastle based musician who plays guitar, trombone and vocals for The Baghdaddies. The Baghdaddies have toured internationally for fourteen years. Their music is influenced by Northern traditions as well as the rhythms of Balkan, Caribbean and the Middle East.