August 31, 2005

Todd Bar World’s Week events tweaked

We have learned that several changes have been made to the piping and drumming events at the Lord Todd Bar at Strathclyde University during the week leading up to the World Pipe Band Championships.

According to organizers, Gordon Duncan of Pitlochry, Scotland, has had to pull out of the invitational Lord Todd Piping Recital-Challenge scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 11. Taking Duncan’s place is James MacHattie of Toronto. MacHattie, pipe-major of the Grade 1 Toronto Police Pipe Band, joins Chris Armstrong, Bathgate, Scotland; John Cairns, London, Ontario; and Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland.

In addition, the drumming event at the University of Strathclyde is now a recital rather than a competition, and Eric Ward, leading-drummer of the Strathclyde Police, has been added to the line-up of Blair Brown, House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead; Gordon Brown, Boghall & Bathgate; Jim Kilpatrick, House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead; and Barry Wilson, ScottishPower. Called officially the University of Strathclyde Masters Drumming Recital, the event is scheduled for 4:15 p.m., also at the Lord Todd Bar.

It is the first year for the drumming event, and the third year for the Piping Recital-Challenge in which the audience determines the winner. Tickets to each event are available by phone from the University of Strathclyde – 0141-548 2435. Both events are part of the Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping.


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