NYPBS to perform national anthem welcome for Scotland and Ukraine


The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland alongside TNPC’s Director of Piping, Finlay MacDonald, and political writer (and piper), Alastair Campbell, will perform the Ukrainian National Anthem and the Scottish National Anthem in the beautiful surroundings of Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow this Wednesday morning, June 1, from 9am.

The Ukrainian national team are in Glasgow to play a World Cup qualifier semi-final against Scotland on Wednesday evening. The winners of the game will go on to play Wales at Cardiff City Stadium in a final decider on Saturday, June 5.

The NYPBS have decided to learn and play the Ukrainian national anthem to extend a hand of musical friendship to the Ukrainian football team and their supporters and to show their support for the people of Ukraine in their continuing struggle.  

Alistair Campbell said: “Music is the international language of the soul and it is terrific that this group of Scottish pipers have learned the Ukrainian anthem and will be playing it as a way of honouring and supporting the people of Ukraine as their football team comes to Glasgow.   Scots around the world will want Scotland to win the match and go on to qualify for the World Cup finals. But there is also such goodwill towards Ukraine and the people of Ukraine and I am sure many of them will hear about and appreciate this musical gesture. It will confirm once more the enormous support for them in their struggle against the Russian invasion. Their anthem is a beautiful piece of music, very soulful and actually quite haunting, and unlike many national anthems it can be played on the single octave scale of the pipes.”