Published: July 24, 2013

Pipes of Peace gets charitable; teams with RG Hardie on Bone Cancer Research effort

The annual Pipes of Peace concert at the SECC in Glasgow is adding a charitable element to this year’s event on August 15th, working with sponsors R.G. Hardie to raffle a set of Antique Thistle Peter Henderson pipes with boxwood mounts, valued at approximately $2,000, with all proceeds going to the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

The organizers of the concert, which this year features Grade 1 bands ScottishPower and the 78th Fraser Highlanders and the Grade 2 New York Metro Pipe Band, also said that all money made from the event will go to the charity.

The Bone Cancer Research Trust was brought to light as a cause for the piping and drumming world after Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia tenor drummer Fiona Morris was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of the condition. After extensive treatment and the threat of a full leg amputation, Morris has battled back to health, and has even returned to compete with the band.

“I am amazed at the support from the pipe band community,” Morris said in a statement issued by the organizers. “It is such a great opportunity to raise funds for further research into bone cancer and raise more awareness of the bone cancer research trust.”

Through her own efforts, Morris has raised more than £7,000 for the charity.

“It’s brilliant that the pipe band world can come together to enjoy a marvelous evening of entertainment yet still help one of our fraternity make a real difference in the world,” said concert organizer Fraser Sergeant. “We’re thrilled to be supporting Fiona.”

Tickets for the Pipes of Peace concert are priced at £18.50 and are available from TicketSoup.com.

In other World’s Week concert news, organizers of the annual “Ascension” concert featuring the Inveraray & District Pipe Band on Wednesday, August 14th, report that the event at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is now sold out. They have released 100 standing-room tickets that are expected to be sold within a few days.

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