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Date: Wednesday, 4th December 2013
Contributor: Douglas Orr - Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band

Pre Worlds Concert 2014 - Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band




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Led by Pipe Major Duncan Nicholson and leading Drummer Eric Ward, the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band invites you to attend a night of music at their debut appearance at the prestigious “Pre-Worlds” concert.

This concert, which is hosted and promoted by the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band, aims to offer something for everyone in what must be one of the great musical venues.

“We are delighted to share our blend of music (ceol) with you and we hope that there is something tonight for everyone, whatever your taste. Most of all we hope that you return to your homes, hotels, student halls of residence or other ‘Worlds week’ accommodation feeling that you have been entertained. For us the true measure of the quality of the music that we play for you tonight is simply that it consists of good tunes that are well arranged.”

It is no secret that “The Police” have developed an approach to their music which reflects the highland bagpipe legacy of the North West Highlands and Western Isles. The Gaelic influence is reflected in the title of the concert “CEOLRY” and also by the prevalence of many Gaelic tune names in the programme. The potent mix of traditional tunes will be blended with an innovative brand of percussion and imaginative but sensitive accompaniment from backing musicians.

Threading through the music of the Police Pipe Bands in Glasgow has been the essence of the Gàidhealtachd: Willie Gray, of Highland and Island roots, the Hebridean John MacDonald, Oban’s Ronnie Lawrie, and Angus McDonald. Even in Ian MacLellan’s time there was a sufficient number of native Gaelic speakers to form what was known as “The Gaelic Rank” in the Pipe Corps. In current times the thread continues to be weaved though the efforts of current Pipe Major, Duncan Nicholson and Pipe Sergeant Iain MacPherson.

Although excited about the direction the band has taken in recent years, as the first and longest surviving non army pipe band it is only appropriate that time is taken to reflect a little on some of the band’s rich history and how the music has developed from the 1883 Victorian ‘military style’ genre to what you will experience tonight.

Productive musical relationships have been vital to the success of the Police Bands in Glasgow over the years and this has never been as true as now. Leading drummer Eric Ward’s successes over many years in drum corps and solo championships need no quantifying. His contribution to pipe band percussion in general and our band in particular has been immense.

Duncan, Eric and the rest of the band welcome you to share tonight the fruits of their musical relationship in “CEOLRY”.

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