The 16th year of Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival kicked off this week with a piping hot performance from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Novice Juvenile Pipe Band.

It starred 11-year-old tenor drummer Emily Gormley, the youngest member of the band.

The band launched this year’s event with a rousing performance at the steps of Buchanan Galleries before joining the Piping Live! Big Band – this year led by Lord Provost Eva Bolander of Glasgow City Council, and Chieftain of Piping Live! 2019 festival.

Lord Provost Bolander performed Highland Cathedral in front of the City Chambers in George Square, after parading through Glasgow’s City Centre to celebrate the launch of this year’s festival.

The Lord Provost said:

I’m looking forward to Piping Live! and the Worlds. They’re marvellous celebrations of bagpipe music and bring people, from around the world, together.

I’m delighted to be able to join in and have been practising furiously after a long break. It’s great fun and a wonderful sight to behold pipers sporting tartan from every corner of the globe.

Comprised of 130 pipers from all over the world including Canada and New Zealand, the Piping Live! Big Band marched from Blythswood Square along West George Street to George Square. Upon arrival in George Square, the Big Band saluted Lord Provost Bolander before she picked up her own pipes and joined in.

This year’s programme features performances by the very best international acts from countries including New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada and Scotland, and sees the return of the fiercely-contested Masters Solo, International Quartet and Pipe Idol competitions.

Roddy MacLeod, Festival Director of Piping Live! said:

We are delighted to welcome so many pipers and musicians from all over the world to this year’s Piping Live!. We’d like to thank Scottish Fire and Rescue Novice Juvenile Pipe Band for kicking off our biggest festival to date in style.

We also thank Lord Provost Eva Bolander for not only being our Piping Live! 2019 Chieftain, but for performing alongside our Big Band, many of whom have travelled thousands of miles for this festival

Piping Live! runs from 10th – 18th August 2019.