This year’s Glasgow International Piping Festival – Piping Live! will go ahead from August 7-15.

With the success of the reduced programme last year, this year will see the livestreaming and premiering of as many events as possible across the nine days of the festival.

However, with the Scottish Government announcing recently that audiences may be able to return to venues – subject to capacity constraints – organisers are looking at adapting as many events as possible to allow audiences to attend, where that can happen. If this is possible, there will be strict hygiene guidelines in place.

Finlay MacDonald, Piping Live!’s Artistic Director said: “We are preparing a fantastic line up and want our friends worldwide to be able to come together both online and, if possible, in person to enjoy the music that we all love.”

Angus MacColl in full flow at last year’s Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge.

Helen Urquhart, Marketing Officer at the National Piping Centre, said: “The team is working hard behind the scenes to prepare a great nine days of concerts, talks, recitals and more.

“The last year has been a huge strain on the whole events industry, and the festival team wishes to thank everyone that has attended the online concerts from Piping Live! and The National Piping Centre. We are grateful for the support we have received over the last year and are committed to making the 2021 festival as flexible as possible to allow as many of the friends and supporters in Glasgow and across the world to attend the programming either in person or online.”

A full announcement with more details of the wider Piping Live! programme will be made towards the end of May.

• Watch Finlay MacDonald talk about his thoughts for this year’s festival: