Published: August 31, 2011

ScottishPower giving Energy to Erskine at Pre-World’s Concert

The annual “Pre-World’s Concert” organized by the Phoenix Honda-Glasgow Skye Pipe Band this year features frequent top-three winners ScottishPower; and now the August 10th show at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall also features a way for the piping and drumming world to give to a great cause.

The bands have combined to raise funds at the event for Erskine Hospital,  a Scottish charity founded in 1916 that helps military veterans across the country. There will be collections before, during and after the show, with all funds going to the charity. ScottishPower will also dedicate one of the suites from the show to those involved with the work done at Erskine.

“With ticket sales taking their final leap we hope that people coming along to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall will dig deep and support this charity,” said Donald MacKay of ScottishPower, who has is coordinating efforts with the charity. “Erskine  requires more than £140,000 a week to support veterans in Scotland and anything we can do to help this can only be a good thing. As an ex serviceman myself, I am delighted that the band are able to do something for this very worthwhile charity which is obviously close to my heart. We will be dedicating a piece of music to them on the night which will give greater awareness of the charity and hopefully raise a lot of money along the way.”

The ScottishPower “Energy” concert will be the band’s first time taking on the prestigious concert event. Pipe-Major Chris Armstrong promised that the show will be a substantial production involving the band’s new and established music, with more than 80 musicians participating during the night.

So far approximately 1,400 tickets have been sold for the August 10th concert, according to Dougie Orr of Phoenix Honda-Glasgow Skye. “We anticipate this rising to between 1,500 and 1,600 on the night, which is an extremely good turnout for ScottishPower’s debut at this concert,” Orr said.

The annual Pre-World’s Concert has its roots in the 1980s when the Glasgow Skye Pipe Band took on the promotion of the annual show, which is now seen by many as the most prestigious non-competition event of the year. The concert in the past has featured the 78th Fraser Highlanders, Field Marshal Montgomery, Simon Fraser University and St. Laurence O’Toole.

Tickets for the Energy concert are priced at £19.50 and £17.50 and are available directly from the venue.

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