European Championships to be streamed live on Saturday
The Grade 1 event at the 2011 European Pipe Band Championships will be streamed live over the Internet, the RSPBA’s Northern Ireland branch has confirmed. The event will take place in Belfast on Saturday, July 30th, with the broadcast starting at 2 pm GMT.
The project was a collective effort between several parties, including Lurgan Junior High School (Northern Ireland), the Ulster-Scots Agency and the RSPBA NI Branch. In addition to the competition, additional elements such as interviews with competitors and spectators will be broadcast during the day.
“This exciting opportunity arose through discussions between Lurgan Junior High School and our Branch Secretary David Scott,” said George Ussher, president of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and NI Branch Chairman. “We are looking forward to showcasing the event to all those from around the world who are unable to be with us in Belfast for the Championships.”
The broadcast will be accessible on the Internet at www.ljhs.tv.
The European Championship is the third of the RSPBA’s five 2011 majors. So far, Field Marshal Montgomery has won both the Scottish and British Championships in Grade 1, with 2010 World Pipe Band Champions St. Laurence O’Toole the runner-up at each. Eleven bands are entered for the Grade 1 competition, a medley event, at the European Championships, with St. Laurence O’Toole starting the competition and Field Marshal Montgomery playing last.