Piping Live! 2016 – Thanks Folks!

So that’s it, Piping Live! 2016 is all over. We had a great week, with pipers from across the world coming together to take part, share their music, compete and enjoy some great tunes. With pipers from Slovakia, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and more, this was a truly international year.

There were also a number of prestigious competitions through out the week – Angus MacColl was the Masters Solo Piping Champion on Monday 8th. On Tuesday 9th, Inveraray and District retained their International Quartet Competition, an event which is sponsored by RT Shepherd and Sons. Then on Thursday 11th there was a competition double header, with Calum Craib winning Pipe Idol 2016, sponsored by Fred Morrison Pipes, and then Stuart Liddell won the Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge. The last competition staged by Piping Live! was held on Sunday 14th, with Herve Le Floc’h winning the Gordon Duncan Memorial Competition over three rounds of Breton, Scottish and Irish music.

Congratulations also go to Field Marshall Montgomery on their World Pipe Band Championships win, and all the other prize winners on Glasgow Green.

We would like to thank our staff, our fantastic army of volunteers, our amazing artists from across the globe and lastly you, our wonderful audience, who came, saw, danced, whooped, clapped and stayed in the rain. It wouldn’t be Piping Live! without you!

We can’t wait for next year – if you want to stay up to date, register for our e-newsletter to get the latest first.

See you in 2017!

The International Quartet Competition – Draw

The draw for this year’s International Quartet Competition, sponsored by R.T. Shepherd & Son, has been done and the order of play is:
1. Bagad Cap Caval
2. Dowco Triumph Street
3. Inveraray and District (2015 defending champions)
4. Johnstone Pipe Band
5. Spirit of Scotland
6. New Zealand Police
7. Police Scotland Fife
8. 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)

Find out more and get your tickets here

The Big Band is ready to go!

We are delighted to announce that the Piping Live! Big Band is now full and closed for applications. We have had 100 keen pipers and drummers register from all over the world – with people signing up from as far away as Australia!

But if you want to still be involved, please come along and greet the band and cheer them along their route from Blythswood Square where they will leave at 11.30am to reach George Square at 12noon to officially open the Piping Live! hub there. So join us on Monday 8th August and thank you to everyone who has registered so far!

The Pop-Up Piper is Back!

After a great week in June, the Pop Up Piper is back to help you celebrate your Moments that Matter!

If you have a special event coming up, head over to our twitter @GlasgowPiping and send us a tweet using the hashtag #PopUpPiper. It could be anything from a new job, an engagement to a retiral at work, or just the fact that its Friday!

Don’t be shy, pipe up now!

Join the Piping Live! Big Band

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We want to celebrate Piping Live! with a massed band of all the pipers and drummers that are here in Glasgow that will also support a fantastic charity – Asthma UK. Whether you are in a band of not, come and join the Piping Live! big band, for your chance to take part in Piping Live! 2016. Joining the band will be top pipers and drummers from across the globe, and you could be part of it too!

Find out more and register here

Photos courtesy of the Herald and Times.

There’s a Taste of Scotland Coming to Piping Live! 2016

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If you love the best of Scottish Food and Drink, then you will love Piping Live! 2016 as we have a fantastic line up of food and drink events!

Join the Glasgow Gin Club as they present two events – an intimate night for just 30 people on Wednesday 10th August at The National Piping Centre, and then the main event on Thursday 11 August in our George Square Performance Tent. Each guest will receive 4 gin and tonics, all served with the perfect garnish and gin knowledge direct from each Ambassador, so you can taste the finest Scotland has to offer, and improve your gin knowledge. Find out more about Wednesday and Thursday’s events and book your tickets today.

Also in George Square we are delighted to be partnering with Good Food Glasgow to bring the best from across Glasgow to Piping Live! We will have Fire Dog and Bowl Food in their fantastic vans, and in The Pipers’ Market, there will be a selection of food and craft producers.

And if all this leaves you thirsty? There will be a special Piping Live! pint. WEST brewery have renamed ‘West 4’ to ‘The Little Cascade’ for this year’s festival. So pop into the Performance Tent or up to The National Piping Centre to try it out, and raise a glass to G.S. MacLennan’s famous tune at the same time.

We also have whisky tastings from our festival sponsor Glenfiddich each day at The National Piping Centre. There are only 20 tickets for each day, so get yours today by calling 0141 353 0220.

Celebrate the #MomentsThatMatter this year – by raising a glass of something Scottish!

Pre-Order your Piping Live! 2016 Merchandise NOW!

We are delighted to announce our Piping Live! merchandise for 2016 is available to pre-order NOW!

We have t-shirts, hoodies and caps for this year, so you can get all kitted out to celebrate this year’s festival.

Head over to The Bagpipe Shop and get ready to celebrate this August, with our fantastic new t-shirts. Pre-order your’s today to receive it first!

Get your merchandise here

Introducing the #PopUpPiper

This year, we are celebrating your Moments that Matter and how pipers are part of these moments, events and life stories.

So do you have a special event coming up? Would you love to have a piper as part of your day? Just email us – contact@pipinglive.co.uk telling us what you’re celebrating and you could be lucky enough to receive a visit from our #PopUpPiper.

Don’t be shy, pipe up now!

Box Office Co-ordinator Required

Piping Live! is looking for a box office co-ordinator who is looking to develop their skills in a busy festival role. The main duties within this role will be:
– provide ticket sales support at a main ticket desk during Piping Live!
– be responsible for cashing up each day, ensuring accuracy of sales
bring your box office expertise to put a new system in place during the week
– co-ordinate with Ticketweb, our online ticket provider, and evening concert venues to ensure ticket collection at venues are processed swiftly
– work with and manage a small team of volunteers who will assist you.

You will be a front line representative of Piping Live, providing excellent and accurate ticket sales and information about the festival to our guests. As such you will be able to

– work independently and as part of a team
– work with support from the shop manager
– be friendly, attentive and approachable

You will be required to be on site from 7th – 14th August inclusive, with possibly one or two days training before the event starts. There will be a fixed fee for this week, dependent upon your experience.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to the email address below.

Pipe Idol 2016 – The line up announced

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Pipe Idol is back for 2016!

This fantastic competition for pipers aged 21 & Under, sees 16 of the best young players from across the globe compete over 4 heats, for their place in the Pipe Idol Grand final. This year’s competition is sponsored by Fred Morrison Reelpipes.

Each day 4 competitors will perform at the Street Cafe outside The National Piping Centre, in front of a live audience and a hidden panel of judges. Each competitor will play a March, Strathspey and Reel, a 4 part Hornpipe and Jig and then a musical selection of no more than 5 minutes, so this promises to be a fantastic competition.

This year the Grand Final has moved venue to the Strathclyde Suite at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall due to the high demand for tickets over the last few years – Tickets are £10 adults/ £8 concession and you can get tickets here

To see this year’s line up, check out the events each day!