The day-long performances of Grade 1 bands at the World Pipe Band Championships will no longer be the only content broadcasted live on the Internet from Glasgow, as the Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival has jumped into the stream, announcing that more than six hours of events from Friday, August 10th, will be made available for free to viewers around the world.
Those unable to attend in-person can log on to a live stream via www.pipinglive.co.uk from noon until 6:30 pm (GMT), to watch a slate of events, most of which focus on the life and tunes of Pipe-Major Donald MacLeod, MBE, one of the greatest pipers and composers in history.
The streaming lineup:
12 pm – Donald MacLeod: With Susan MacLeod and Friends
Donald MacLeod’s daughter, Susan, alongside John Wilson and Iain MacDonald will look at the life and works of this great composer.
1 pm – Donald MacLeod Recital – Willie McCallum
The 2012 Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition winner will perform in recital featuring the great composer’s music.
2 pm – Piobaireachd Fingerwork – Master Class and Book Launch
Highlighting Jim McGillivray’s Piobaireachd Fingerwork tutor, released in March 2012, Jim McGillivray will lead discussion around the pertinent issues put forth in the book, with performances by leading solo pipers.
3 pm – Fred Morrison Reel Pipes Pipe Idol – Final Round
The final competition to decide the overall winner of Pipe Idol 2012, featuring some of the world’s young rising stars.
5 pm – Donald MacLeod: A Celebration
Renowned piper, teacher and adjudicator, John Wilson, and 2011 Dunvegan Medal winner and owner of Donald MacLeod’s pipes, Innes Smith, will perform, along with the Sutor Creek trio, again showcasing MacLeod’s original compositions.
Sources close to Piping Live! said that the video streaming will be offered free, and will be the first step to potential expanded programming in the future. Several of the events being streamed require a purchased to ticket to attend live.