Vice President of the Piobaireachd Society and Editor of PP, Robert Wallace, reports…
Last evening’s concert in Edinburgh drew a crowd of around 100 to the beautiful St Cecilia’s Hall. They were effusive in their praise of the four pipers: Callum Beaumont, Glenn Brown, Jamie Forrester and Ian K MacDonald, four of the best proponents of ceol mor currently performing. These talented gentlemen are pictured above.
A full review of the evening will follow from an independent source but I would like to express my gratitude to the pipers on behalf of the Society for their playing, their willingness to try something different and the elan with which they carried it out.
Everything ran perfectly to schedule. As one piper left the room the next played in, no tuning, and the result was a musical experience unique and at once immediately attractive. The audience was thrilled; there was huge applause at the conclusion. At the small reception at the end of the concert myself, PS Music Committee Chairman Alan Forbes and PS Secretary Bill Wotherspoon received repeated requests that this recital should become an annual event.
That will be something for the Society’s General Committee to consider. Whatever the outcome, last evening was filmed in its entirety by a professional video company and this will mark the occasion for posterity. The film will be placed on the Society’s YouTube channel in due course. For now here is a short clip of Callum Beaumont during his performance of the Lament for the Children:
Summary: Piobaireachd Society Recital, St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh, August 12, 2018.
Callum Beaumont (Phantom Piper of the Corrieyairick, Lament for the Children)
Glenn Brown (Beloved Scotland, MacLeod’s Controversy)
Jamie Forrester (Cabar Feidh Gu Bragh, Desperate Battle of the Birds)
Ian K MacDonald (Flame of Wrath for Squinting Patrick, Prince’s Salute.
Fear an Tighe: Robert Wallace; Stewarding: Bill Wotherspoon, Alan Forbes