Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival got off to a stormy start yesterday but the weather didn’t affect the performance or the enthusiasm of the New Zealand Police Pipe Band, who travelled 11,000 miles to compete at the Worlds on Saturday and to play at the festival. They are pictured above with new P/M, Northern Ireland’s Emmet Conway.
Over the next four days the band will perform at various points throughout the city. Other festival highlights: International Quartets Competition (tonight, Strathclyde Suite, Royal Concert Hall), which sees pipers from seven G1 bands compete, Lowland and Border Pipers Society Showcase (Wednesday 12th Piping Centre), International Piping Duets (Thursday 13th, Art School), After World’s Shindig (Saturday 15th, Art School) with Fred Morrison, and ’40 years of Piping’ from the Tannahill Weavers concert (Sunday 16th, Piping Centre). For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.pipinglive.co.uk.
Add to the above the recitals by Grade 1 P/Ms and their leading drummers (Piping Centre Cafe from 2pm today), Pipe Idol, a competition for young pipers held at the Piping Centre, and the CLASP competition for amateur pipers. CLASP Organiser Margaret Dunn has sent this: ‘Please see below a link to the CLASP draw for the ‘World Solo Amateur Piping Competition’.
‘The competition will be held in the Trades Hall, in Glassford Street, with Grade 3 today, Tuesday, Grade 2 on Wednesday and Grade 1 on Thursday. (11th -13th August). The competition has attracted a good number of amateur pipers from all around the world. This year’s judges are Ann Gray, Willie Morrison and Wilson Brown. Eric and Maureen Stein have continued their kind sponsorship of an all expenses paid trip, for the overall winner of the Grade 1, to compete at the Amateur section of the Metro Cup in New York in 2016.’
Read the updated report on the Silver Chanter here with historical background to the tunes and the competition, and comment on the playing.
Weather forecast for Glasgow this week is mixed with Thursday looking like being the sunniest day with Saturday at the Worlds fair with the chance of a shower or two and a temperature high of 15 degs. Live streaming reminder:
Friday – The Grade 1 qualifier will be streamed live via the official Livestream channel of Glasgow Life. Please note this will only stream the main arena.
This means that all 22 bands will feature on the stream, however you will only see 12 play their March, Strathspey and Reel and 12 playing their Medley.
You can find this stream at http://livestream.com/innerear/worldpipebandchamps15 Starting from 11am on Friday 14th August 2015.
Saturday – This coverage will come direct from the BBC Feed, again this will only focus on the main arena and will feature the following:
- 09:00 – 10:00 Grade Juvenile Final
- 10:30 – 12:30 Grade 1 Final – MSR
- 13:30 – 15:00 Grade Novice Juvenile Final
- 15:15 – 17:05 Grade 1 Final – Medley
- 18:30 – 20:00 March Past and Prize Giving
The BBC Coverage will be broadcast in Full HD and can be found by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/worlds Starting from 9am on Saturday 15th August 2015