Glasgow SFU concert could be first sell-out since 2003
The last and only time that all of the tickets were sold for the annual pipe band concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall before the World Pipe Band Championships was in 2003 when the 78th Fraser Highlanders took the stage, but organizers say that the 2009 show, featuring the reigning World Champions Simon Fraser University, will achieve the milestone.
“The concert looks as though it is heading towards a sell-out and ticket sales are nearing the 1,700 mark,” said Dougie Orr of the Phoenix Honda-Glasgow Skye Pipe Band, the group that has managed and promoted the event since the 1990s.
Orr added that seats with restricted views may be added to the “Affirmation” concert if sales reach 2,000, the scheduled capacity for the event.
The band said that it plans to perform a range of music, “including well known traditional tunes, new compositions, rarely-heard classic tunes and tunes taken from other musical cultures.”
In January of this year Pipe-Major Terry Lee said that the Celtic rock band Wolfstone and former SFU members Stuart Liddell and Steven McWhirter will make guest appearances.
“This event has become one of the most important pipe band concerts in the world and serves as a benchmark for all pipers and drummers,” Orr said.
Remaining tickets are available online from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Other pipe bands that have performed at the concert over the years include Field Marshal Montgomery, St. Laurence O’Toole, and House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead.