The World Pipe Band Championship has been named ‘Best Live Event of the Year’ at the SSE Scottish Music Awards, held Saturday 1st December in Glasgow.
The award was accepted on behalf of the Association by our Chairman John Hughes accompanied by Chief Executive Ian Embelton, and Chief Steward Alex Dalziel, pictured above.
The prestigious award was presented before hundreds of guests at the city’s Scottish Exhibition Centre.
Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band under new pipe major Don Bradford performed to rapturous applause immediately after the award was presented.
Mr Embelton said: ‘This really was quite a night and a great honour for the Association.
‘We were joined in our celebration by Mr Graham Mitchell, Executive Producer for the BBC’s Worlds output.
‘As everyone knows the BBC play a big part in the worldwide promotion of the Championships and deserve credit for the award too.
‘This was the first time we have ever received such a recognition and it is a credit to all the bands and affiliated associations who support us and the volunteers who work so hard to make the Worlds what it is.
‘We continue to try to develop the event in partnership with our sponsors Glasgow Life and I would like to thank them to for their continued support and involvement.’
Chairman John Hughes added: ‘We were delighted to receive the award on Saturday, and it is testament to the commitment of our HQ Staff and RSPBA Officials in conjunction with the event team at Glasgow Life, and our colleagues at BBC Scotland.
‘This event takes hundreds if not thousands of hours of preparation to ensure it runs as smoothly as it does.
This is the first time the Association has had the honour of being awarded such a prestigious award, and the pipe band world should be rightfully proud, as it belongs to all who had some involvement in the event, and that includes our bands, drum majors, and highland dancers.
‘Without their involvement the Worlds could not achieve the recognition it has been awarded.’
Every year the Worlds attracts circa 40,000 people to Glasgow Green for the high point in the pipe band calendar. Over 200 bands regularly compete at the showpiece event.
The Championships bring in an estimated £10m into the Scottish economy each August with hotels, restaurants, transport companies all benefiting from the popularity of the competition.
Saturday’s event was the 20th year of the Scottish Music Awards. The glittering, star-studded event, brought 800 music industry insiders and guests together for a night of live performances all hosted by Sanjeev Kohli, aka ‘Navid’ from the television comedy show ‘Still Game’.
The awards ceremony is the main fundraising event for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins Scotland. The charity currently has music therapists working with 1,000 people across the country in schools, hospitals, day, residential centres and hospices.
[Article by kind permission of Robert Wallace and Piping Press]