Toronto Police test-driving Lorient concert June 23rd
In preparation for the band’s concert and live recording at the Festival Intercetlique in Lorient, Brittany, in August, the Grade 1 Toronto Police Pipe Band will stage a full run performance of the material in Aurora, Ontario, on June 23rd at St. Andrew’s College.
According to the band, more than three-quarters of the material will be new, most of it never before performed in public.
“I’ve been at this game a long time and I’ve never been as excited as I am now about the way we’re going about pipe band music,” Toronto Police Pipe-Major Ian K. MacDonald said. “I think we’re really stretching the possibilities of what pipes and drums can do playing together.”
The June 23rd concert will be at a theatre that seats only 300 people. Tickets are priced at $12 and available by e-mail from promoter Ellen Mole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The St. Andrew’s theatre is a great venue that gives us the perfect opportunity to lay out our tunes for an appreciative audience, while rehearsing for our concert in Lorient later this summer,” MacDonald continued.
In December 2008 the Toronto Police revealed that they would miss both the North American and World championships after the band was invited to Lorient.
The first public performance of the band’s anticipated new competition medley could be at the Georgetown Highland Games in Georgetown, Ontario, on June 13th. The new selection, which reportedly clocks in at just shorter than eight minutes, follows the band’s much discussed 2008 medley, “Variations on a Theme of Good Intentions.”