Glasgow will once again become the centre of the global piping scene as it hosts Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival and The World Pipe Band Championships from 6th – 12th August 2012. Around 40,000 visitors, and 8000 pipers, drummers and performers are expected to descend on the city for the world’s biggest week of traditional music.
The events were launched today at Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow as pipers from around the world came together to provide a taster of the iconic events to the Easter holiday crowds.
The World Pipe Band Championships or ‘The Worlds’ have been held in Glasgow for almost 70 years while Piping Live! is entering its 9th year and has established itself as one of the world’s top celebrations of Scottish culture showcasing a diverse blend of traditional music.
The 2012 Piping Live! programme showcases the experimental energy of today’s newest talent such as Niteworks and Rura, as well as the accomplishment of established musicians from around the world. This year the festival will host performances from bands and musicians from 10 European countries including, Rotoro (Estonia), Lyra (Bulgaria), Dram (Sweden) and Franco Calanca (Italy). The event programme also includes everything from workshops to masterclasses, ceilidhs to concerts and street performances, there are almost 150 free and ticketed events taking place morning, noon and night at venues across the city from 6-12th August.
Says Piping Live! Piping Live’s Festival Director Roddy MacLeod: “We’ve put together a fantastic programme this year that will once again show what an energetic, eclectic and exhilarating instrument the bagpipes are. Whether you are a fan of traditional music, a newcomer to the genre, you want to pick up the pipes yourself, or you are looking for something to do with the children during the summer holidays; Piping Live! has something for everyone.”
The incredible spectacle of The World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green will take place on Saturday 11th August. Considered the single most important date in the calendar for pipe bands, this year the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Belfast, will battle it out to retain their 2011 World Champions title against bands from Scotland, America, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Ian Embelton of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association says “London may have the Olympics this year, but The Worlds has long been known as the Olympics of the pipe band world. Each year, bands from over 11 countries come to Glasgow to compete for the coveted title of World Champions, the piping equivalent of Gold. The Worlds will be an unmissable weekend for the whole family - we have Highland Dancing, Highland Games, a massive kid’s zone and delicious local food and drink on offer.”
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Every year, thousands of people from across the UK and overseas are drawn to Glasgow in August as the city becomes the epicentre of world piping. The World Pipe Band Championships and Piping Live! offer visitors the opportunity to experience a truly spectacular week of superb traditional Scottish music and culture. Moreover, both events generate significant economic benefit for the city and their continuing popularity reinforces Glasgow’s reputation for successfully hosting major international events.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland added “Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and in the year of creative Scotland, Piping Live! and The World’s will showcase some of the country’s best traditional music talent. There is a wonderful diversity in the programme, which is sure to capture the imagination of the crowds and with a number of workshops and masterclasses on offer there are plenty of opportunities to get involved!”
Tickets for both events are available to purchase from: 0141 353 8000 and www.seeglasgow.com/piping