We were pleased to be able to bring readers news of the livestream of the World Solo Drumming during the week. It is something that pipe band enthusiasts have been pushing for since last year.
Contrary to what people might think, the RSPBA and their co-organisers Glasgow Life, actually listen to what the pipe band public wants, and, if technically and financially feasible, will act.
Tomorrow’s World Drumming Adult Final broadcast should go without a hitch given the static performance area and the clear acoustics in the Carnegie Lecture Hall at Glasgow Caledonian University. Pipers shouldn’t groan. There’s plenty for us to listen to too you know. A lot of top players come forward to support their leading drummers and, whilst the drumming inevitable dominates, it can be quite enjoyable listening to how the two musical components work together – or not.
Here are the details of the broadcast in case you do not already have them: It begins at 3.30pm (BST) running until 6.30pm and will cover both disciples of the Adult Final: March, Strathspey and Reel, and Hornpipe and Jig and the results ceremony. The champion will be the drummer with the highest aggregate scores after both events. Here is the link again.
If the lecture hall sells out, live footage shown on a screen in the university refectory. If you miss the broadcast, or can’t be there, full results will appear on the RSPBA Twitter feed as they are announced with summaries a few minutes later here. Read about Jim Kilpatrick’s historic 12th win in the 2000 World Drumming Solos here.
Spotted at the World Pipe Band Championships: is this Nick Hudson, US Piper and recent winner of the Braemar Gold Medal? Either that or it is his Breton body double. The band is Bagad Brieg. If it is Nick, is this the first time a US piper has appeared in bagad uniform?
Angus Nicol’s passing the other week brought mention of Seton Gordon, his predecessor as The Times’ piping correspondent. I am grateful to Malcolm McRae, now safely back in Australia after a summer of adjudicating on this side of the world, for this copy of a leader column we believe must have been written by Mr Gordon. It dates from 1954 and was the fourth article in that particular day’s comment from ‘the Thunderer’. It is headlined ‘The Great Music’ and reads……
Well said, and if you are a piper who hasn’t yet made an attempt to learn or understand this music then there is no time like the present. You will not regret it. The picture up top is from the Braemar Gathering in 1921 and shows Seton Gordon far left judging with Sheriff JP Grant, Rothiemurchus, a Mr DH Huie and Douglas Ramsay. From memory I believe Ramsay was at the time factor on the Balmoral Estate and was instrumental in getting King George V to send RU Brown and RB Nicol to John MacDonald of Inverness for instruction. Presumably they would have been playing in front of him (Ramsay) that day at Braemar.