July 31, 2011

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

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.


  1. Maybe it’s just me, but when I saw that this event was being hosted by a Junior High School TV stream, I was sceptical that they could handle the traffic. Low and behold, The server is temporarily unable to service your request due… capacity problems. Please try again later.” Such a pity

  2. There has been much discussion about the starting time on PIPERS-L. The school website says that St. Laurence O’Toole goes off at 14:30 Belfast time. The general consensus is that Belfast is on Daylight Savings Time, not on GMT, so if the site heats up at 1400 local, that would be 8:00AM Central Daylight time, and not the 9:00AM start time represented by 1400 GMT. We may be wrong, but better to be an hour early than to be an hour late. I’m dialing in at 8:00 here in muggy Arkansas.

  3. The following was posted during the contest on the site by the admin… We apologise to our viewers who are unable to see our live feed. Do to the over whelming numbers watching our stream our servers are struggling to cope. As an alternative we will be doing a follow up recording of the broadcast shortly. No word yet on when the recording will be available online as yet.

  4. I couldn’t get Stream, in Australia, obviuosly there server couldn’t handle the load, though as a positive indicates that many people do want to see theese events braodcast live,,, All credit for making the effort to try…….

  5. this is posted on the RSPBANI website……..The partners of this project would like to offer an apology to all those who were unable to access the live broadcast. Numbers exceeded expectations by a huge margin. This is something we have taken on board and will fix for future broadcasts. A recording of the broadcast will be available for download on Monday, August 2nd at



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