February 28, 2001

Strathclyde University to Host Piping Sessions

The University of Strathclyde‘s Centre for Scottish Cultural Studies in Glasgow, Scotland, has announced a series of four seminars and recitals on piping in Scotland. Coordinated by Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, the events will cover various topics on the art.

“The purpose of these meetings is to promote the music of the Highland bagpipe as a major art form,” said McCallum. “This year we are again fortunate in having speakers and players of the top rank.”

March 6: Angus J. MacLellan: “The Life and Times of Pipe Major Donald MacLeod.” MacLellan was taught by Donald MacLeod one of the greatest combined piping talents in playing, composing and teaching of the twentieth century.

March 20: Colin MacLellan: “Piping in North America.” Colin MacLellan, an instructor at the Piping Centre and pipe major of the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band, spent 23 years competing and playing in Canada. His session will include both talk and playing.

April 3: Dougie Pincock: “Piping & Scottish Music.” Pincock is the Director of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, based in Plockton. He will talk about the influence of folk bands on the popularity of the bagpipe.

April 24: Hamish Moore: “The Bellows Blown Pipes of Scotland.” Moore has a bellows blown pipe making business in Dunkeld, Scotland, and he will talk about developments in instruments and in music.

Further information on the series may be obtained from Willie McCallum.


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