30 years ago, the soon-to-be World Champion Pipe Band, Toronto-based, 78th Fraser Highlanders performed and recorded the now-legendary “Live in Ireland” concert. An all-star cast of guest players along with many of the original performers are once again coming together, for the final time, to celebrate the music of that extraordinary mid-August evening in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) are proud to announce that the “Live ‘back’ in Ireland 87” show will be staged on Saturday, 25th February 2017 at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. Tickets will be available from Monday 21st November 2016 on the Waterfront’s website,
http://waterfront.co.uk/what-s-on/all-events/live-back-in-ireland-87/. People wishing to buy tickets in person should do so from the Box Office which is located in the Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, Belfast.
Music from that seminal concert, and subsequent recording, will be performed and celebrated - including composer Don Thompson’s evergreen piece, “Journey to Skye”.
The band will be led by Pipe Major Bill Livingstone and Leading Drummer J. Reid Maxwell along with a large group from the original Ballymena team including Michael Grey. Among those guests joining the cast of the show are Glenn Brown (Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia), Stephen Creighton (St Laurence O'Toole), Ian Duncan (Vale of Atholl), Stuart Liddell (Inveraray & District), Ian K MacDonald, Sean McKeown (Toronto Police), Steven McWhirter (Inveraray & District), Duncan Nicholson (Glasgow Police), Richard Parkes, MBE (Field Marshal Montgomery), Alen Tully, Terry Tully (St Laurence O'Toole) and Ross Walker (Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia),
Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE remarked: “I was among the lucky ones who attended the great Ballymena concert; this music in many ways stayed with me and certainly had an influence on my own pipe band thinking. I’m genuinely excited to be a part of this project.”
RSPBANI Marketing and Communications Committee Chairman George Ussher observed: “The concert in 87 was one of the defining events in pipe band history and the reprise concert in Glasgow drew a huge crowd with many traveling over from Northern Ireland for the event. The opportunity to run this concert, in the 30th Anniversary year, ‘back in Ireland’ where it all began, with many of the original cast, was too good an opportunity to miss. This is the last chance to see this show and we hope that people will grasp this opportunity.’’
A Tenor Drum Workshop will be held in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown on Saturday, 4th February from 2 pm to 6 pm and will concentrate on the following items:
- Tuning your drum for indoor solo competition.
- Construction of your drum scores for solo competition.
- Incorporating flourish with the beating already in your score.
- Working with the snare drummer to maximize the use of light and shade in the playing and any other aspects anyone wants to discuss.
Tenor Drummers are asked to please bring their drum and if possible the snare drummer who usually plays for them.
The cost will be £2.00 which includes tea or coffee.
To register an interest in this workshop please contact Gary Smyth, firstname.lastname@example.org or Danielle Hamilton, email@example.com.
Mountjoy Pipe Band are holding a concert on Saturday, 18th March 2017 at 8pm, in the Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh. Headlining the concert are the Pipes & Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, other performances include a Drum Major's display, singers and dancers.
Tickets cost only £10.00 each and are available now. To purchase tickets please telephone David on 07590279588 or Gordon on 07551969101 or speak to any member of Mountjoy Pipe Band.
St Patricks Pipe Band, Annsborough who are returning to the competition arena in the 2017 season are holding a fund raising Table Quiz in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry on Thursday, 22nd December 2016 commencing at 8.30pm.
Spasskaya Tower Tattoo International Military Music Festival
The Celtic Massed Pipes and Drums will once again be playing at the Spasskaya Tower Tattoo International Military Music Festival on Red Square, Moscow from the 23rd August to the 4th September 2017. The Celtic Massed Pipes and Drums will be made up with Pipers and Drummers from, Germany, Holland, the UK and Southern Ireland.
This is the 10th year of the Tattoo and Director of Music for the Tattoo, Pipe Major David Johnston is seeking to recruit a band of 120 performers and has asked RSPBANI Branch to be an official partner in the project. This is a fantastic opportunity for Branch members to visit Moscow and participate in one of the World’s premier Tattoos. Flights, hotel accommodation and meals are all provided.
Please see website, http://www.kremlin-military-tattoo.ru/en/about/ and video of last year’s Tattoo https://www.facebook.com/271125436421484/videos/575406649326693/ If you are interested in being part of this great event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption for photo 2016-12: The performers official photograph in the Presidential Palace of the Kremlin.
Cleland Memorial Pipe Band, Bangor, Co Down; are looking for a new Pipe Major to lead the Band in their promotion to Grade 3B, they are also looking pipers and a complete drum corps.
They have had a great season in 2016, becoming UK Champions, 2nd in The Worlds and also finishing 2nd in NI Champion of Champions in grade 4A.
If you are interested in this opportunity or joining them as a Pipe Major, piper, drummer or a learner please contact:
Marta Mitchell-Band Secretary 07742754444
Email: email@example.com or you will find them on Facebook.
Winston Pinkerton President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch, (RSPBANI) chose as his charity, the British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI) for the 2016 Pipe Band Championships season. To conclude the charity collection the RSPBANI President is holding a Touch of Tartan Variety Concert on the 25th of November, in the Dunadry Hotel, Dunadry featuring the following artists, Gary Wilson (Compere), The Pipes & Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, The Paula Braiden Class of Drum Majors, Boxcar Brian, Lynda Lindsay and Country Features.
In choosing this charity for 2016 Mr Pinkerton said “quite a number of pipe band personnel, myself included, have required cardiac medical help through surgery, medication and advice for various reasons and we are most grateful for the excellent cardiac care now available. The Pipe Band fraternity in Northern Ireland tragically lost two young male members of the Pipe Band movement due to heart disease, 38 year old Andrew Duncan, (Bready Ulster-Scots Pipe Band) and more recently Derek Walker, (Manor Cunningham Pipe Band). The RSPBANI President’s Charity is one way that we can raise funds to increase awareness and treatment to fight heart disease”.
Continuous research which increases the available skilled surgery requires much needed financial input. The BHF are the nation's heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but BHF are leading the fight against it. Their pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. BHF work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK's fight against heart disease.
BHF NI fundraising manager Gary Wilson said:
“Every day ten people in Northern Ireland die from heart disease. This is too many families facing the sudden devastation of losing a loved one. We are delighted the President of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch has chosen to support us and help fund new discoveries in the fight for every heartbeat.
“Through 50 years of science we have contributed to breakthroughs including advances in pacemakers, transplant surgery and the development of cholesterol lowering statins. We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary ways people like you fundraise for BHF NI. Every contribution, big or small, plays a crucial part in every breakthrough we make so we are incredibly grateful for your support. “
Concert tickets £10.00 Available from the Dunadry Hotel, RSPBANI Office: Tel 02892670445, email: Info@rspbani.org or pay at the door
Caption for photo: 2016-4:
RSPBANI President, Winston Pinkerton and RSPBANI Project Manager, Ian Burrows promoting the concert at the Dunadry Hotel.