Glasgow Police hitting home with Pre-World’s “Ceolry” Concert

Published: November 23, 2013
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It’s by far the most prestigious pipe band concert of each year, and in 2014 the annual Pre-World’s show at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall will be by the Great Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band, one of the oldest and most storied groups in the art.

The band continues the one-word-name custom by titling the show, “Ceolry,” with content promising to reflect their northwest Highlands and Islands tradition built to a large extent from the music of the Western Isles of Scotland. The band’s Gaelic tradition started in its 1883 beginning and has continued nearly uninterrupted to the current leadership of Pipe-Major Duncan Nicholson.

Tickets to the August 13, 2014, concert go on sale on December 1st, according to Dougie Orr of the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band, promoters of the event.

While the band has in the last few years built up its stage presence, it will be the first time that the band has played the Pre-World’s Concert. The band has experienced some uncertainty with its status and leadership over the last 10 years, but since Nicholson was made pipe-major in 2010 has settled into a groove of success, gradually regaining its form with a Gaelic-influenced musical style.

Greater Glasgow Police Scotland take on the concert following a legacy of highly successful bands packing the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, most recently Inveraray & District in 2013, Boghall & Bathgate in 2012, and ScottishPower in 2011, each of which sold-out the 2,200-seat venue.

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  1. Lawrie

    Already, I can see this concert will be the standout of recent years. Duncy ‘gets it’ – never too much of anything, just a great balance of music and delivery. His days in the Weavers have served him well.

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