May 22, 2019

Piobaireachd Society doubles down on August recital

Last August, the Piobaireachd Society staged a recital in Edinburgh during the Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival, and this year the organization will again work to attract listeners eastward with another ceol mor concert as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in Scotland’s capital city.

“Classical Pipe Music – Scotland’s Hidden Treasure” will take place at 7 pm at the 200-seat St. Cecilia’s Hall on Sunday, August 11, with tickets priced at £10.

The performers are Stuart Easton of New Zealand, 2018 Argyllshire Gathering Highland Society of London Gold Medallist;  Peter McCalister of Dunblane, Scotland, 2018 Northern Meeting Highland Society of London Gold Medallist; Niall Stewart of Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland, winner of both Gold Medals and the Glenfiddich Championship; and Darach Urquhart of Glasgow, 2018 Argyllshire Gathering Silver Medallist.

A variety of pieces of various length, complexity and modernity will be played: “Chisholm’s Salute,” “The Daughter’s Lament,” “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay,” “The Little Spree,” “MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart,” “The Massacre of Glencoe,” “The Old Men of the Shells” and “Queen Elizabeth II’s Salute.”

Clearly catering to listeners rather than competition-minded performers, the recital will see each of the four performers play two piobaireachds back-to-back, with no breaks for tedious tuning before or between tunes.


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