June 03, 2013

Expanded prize giveaway added to pre-World’s Inveraray concert

The annual “Pre-World’s Concert” generally raffles off a set of pipes to one lucky program-buyer, but the 2013 “Ascension” concert by Inveraray & District has added a slew of prizes for a number of winners on the night.

Dougie Orr of the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band, organizers and promoters of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall event on August 14th, said that a set of new Liddell Bagpipes played during the concert by Pipe-Major Stuart Liddell himself will be raffled, as well as a set of bellows-blown Fred Morrison small pipes in “A,” and two sheepskin pipe bags from Lee & Sons Bagpipes.

For the drummers there will be   a full “bouquet” of TyFry Ultimate tenor beaters in all 14 colours, carrying a retail value $1,260, as well as items from   new products from Scott Currie percussion.

The total combined value of the prizes secured so far exceed $3,000.

It was also revealed that the concert will be recorded live for a CD to be released later in the year.

Glasgow Skye is also awarding prizes to those who purchase milestone tickets, and Orr said that “ticket sales have already surpassed expectations and ticket number 1,000 was sold last week to Deborah Siebert of Manito, Illinois,” who received an official Ascension t-shirt. He said that those who purchase the 1500th and 2000th tickets will receive similar prizes.

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall has a capacity of approximately 2,000, and Orr said that, based on his experience with previous events, he expects the 2013 concert to reach capacity “well before August.”

Orr also warned that because of renovations at the hall, only the bars in the upper area will be open. “It is therefore important that those attending on the night allow extra time to negotiate their way to the bars on the upper floor for a pre-concert drink.”


  1. Excellnt idea and promotion, not that this already great event needed to encourage people to attend. One thing – nearly $1300 retail for 14 pairs of tenor mallets (nylon plastic, foam and polyester)? Wow. Put that “bouquet”of mallets next to a snare drum and ask if all that cheap casted plastic and foam is worth the same as the hardware, design/engineering/tooling and labour that goes into a snare drum. Nice work if you can get it. They must cost close to nothing to make if they’re practically being thrown away for this promotion.



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