WW1 Commemorations at Piping Live! 2018

It’s been one hundred years since the end of the First World War, and we present a number of events at this year’s festival to help commemorate the occasion.

Tuesday 14th August, 1pm
Piobaireachd of the Day – Roddy MacLeod
The National Piping Centre Otago Street

Part of our Piobaireachd of the Day series, these recitals give audiences the opportunity to see a prize-winning performer present a Piobaireachd of their choice, and give a short talk about the tune, its history and how they play it. On Tuesday, Roddy MacLeod will perform the Lament for the Iolaire. Roddy recently spoke to The Sunday Post about why the performance will be particularly poignant for him, and you can read the interview here: Piper’s Lament for an Island of Tears [article]

Monday 13th – Thursday 16th August, All Day
Pipers of the Great War: A Lasting Legacy
The National Piping Centre Otago Street

Head along to The National Piping Centre Otago Street for this exhibition and musical display, in tribute to the pipers of the Great War. Download a QR scanner onto your mobile device, then you can scan the codes next to each display and hear compositions from some of the pipers who fought in the war, including GS MacLennan, John MacLennan and Willie Lawrie.

Monday 13th – Friday 17th August, All Day
Salute to our Fathers
The Blue Room at The National Piping Centre McPhater Street

This exhibition comes from the friendship of four families who share having fathers who served in both world wars. The drawings are executed as if a diary / sketch book had survived with recollections of people, prose and poetry annotated. The sound and inspiration of the pipes were and still are an integral part of these shared emotions and also lament the often painful journeys of those who endured this last most bloody, conflict laden century.

Monday 13th – Friday 17th August, All Day
Pipers of the Great War Exhibition
The Blue Room at The National Piping Centre McPhater Street

Wherever Scottish troops have fought, the sound of the pipes has been heard, speaking to us of our beloved native land, bringing back to our memories the proud traditions of our race, and stimulating our spirits to fresh efforts in the cause of freedom.” Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, December 6, 1918. This exhibition brings together many original photos and artwork showing the role of pipers and the Great Highland Bagpipes in WWI.