What’s on at Piping Live! Thursday, August 17

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Piping Live! Thursdays are always very busy around the The National Piping Centre and Street Cafe. Heat four of Pipe Idol, and the final, take place on Thursday and no doubt the Street Cafe and NPC auditorium will be packed for both. Get your tickets for the final early, or buy LiveStream tickets to watch the action.

The Thursday evening event that is usually a sell out is the Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge. There is no LiveStream option for this event, so if you want to hear the playing of returning champion Matt MacIsaac, and Sarah Muir, Angus MacColl, Callum Beaumont and Stuart Liddell – get your tickets now!

Apart from the above, Thursday has so much to choose from including: the Piping Live! Trade Fair, a full Street Cafe schedule, the Big Rab Show live podcast live, a ‘canntaireachd choir’ with Barnaby Brown of The Pibroch Network, hear Willie McCallum discuss how to play an MSR, four pipe band performances in Buchanan Street and a piping recital from Ross Ainslie playing Gordon Duncan’s pipes.

If you can’t be in Glasgow next week but want to be part of the music, check out the Piping Live! 2023 Online Festival Pass here. There are two +LIVESTREAM events included in the pass for Thursday.

9.30am

The CLASP’s World Amateur Solo Piping Competition, Grades 3 & 4

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/the-clasps-world-amateur-solo-piping-competition-2023-grade-3-and-4
venue: The NPC – Otago St, WEST END VENUE


10.15am

Street Cafe Sessions – Pibroch Network Conversations

Pibroch Network Conversations – Singing. Remove barriers to connection and belonging by singing great music – Find out more

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-thursday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


10.30am

Learn @ Live! Simple Approaches to Performance of an MSR

Current Glenfiddich Champion Willie McCallum will demonstrate simple approaches, techniques and methods to assist in the performance of Marches, Strathspeys and Reels.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/learn-at-live-thursday-simple-approaches-to-performance-of-an-msr
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


11.00am

Piping Live! Trade Fair 2023

The Piping Live! Trade Fair returns to the festival schedule for 2023. With a fantastic host of pipe makers, crafters, books and more, this will be a great way to meet your new favourite Scottish maker! 

Taking part in the Trade Fair this year are: 

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/trade-fair
venue: Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall


11.45am

Piping in Uist with Iain MacDonald and Seonaidh MacIntyre

Join renowned musician and Ceòlas  Artistic Director, Iain MacDonald, for a discussion on Piping in Uist, with archive recordings and live piping from the celebrated South Uist piper, Seonaidh MacIntyre.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/piping-in-uist-with-iain-macdonald-and-seonaidh-macintyre
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


12.00noon

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Bagad Brieg, France

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/bagad-brieg

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/buchanan-street-pipe-bands-thursday
venue: Buchanan St, Glasgow


12.00noon

Street Cafe Sessions – Pipe Idol Heat 4

Pipe Idol is back for 2023! Competitors will perform a set including a hornpipe and jig, a March, Strathspey and Reel and a medley of tunes between 5 – 7 minutes long, this will showcase the best young pipers in the world. With 4 to 6 competitors each day, one winner will be selected to go through the grand final which takes place on Thursday 17th August.

  1. Daniel Whelan – Australia
  2. Camron MacPhail – Scotland
  3. Flynn Porter – Scotland
  4. Ryan McCreadie – Scotland
  5. Brooklyn Morris – Scotland
  6. Hector Finlayson – Scotland

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-thursday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


1.00pm+LIVESTREAM

Lunchtime Recital Series – Ross Ainslie

Today’s recital is from one of Scotland’s finest contemporary traditional musicians, Ross Ainslie, who will perform a solo recital on an instrument played by his childhood teacher and mentor, Gordon Duncan.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/lunchtime-recital-series-thursday
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


1.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Gordon’s School Pipe Band, Surrey, England

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/gordons-schools-pipe-band

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/buchanan-street-pipe-bands-thursday
venue: Buchanan St, Glasgow


1.45pm

Street Cafe Sessions – Duos from Bagad Brieg

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-thursday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


2.00pm

Gig in the Gallery: Ireland

Jarlath Henderson, one of the foremost proponents of the uilleann pipes will perform in the beautiful Centre Hall.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/gig-in-the-gallery-ireland-thursday
venue: Kelvingrove Museum, Argyle St


2.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Riverside Alliance Pipe Band, Belgium

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/riverside-alliance-pipe-band

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/buchanan-street-pipe-bands-thursday
venue: Buchanan St, Glasgow


2.30pm

Pibroch Network – The Big Sing

The Big Sing will be a community event, open to all, wherein renowned musician, Barnaby Brown, will lead a workshop in performing pibroch music through group singing, using traditional vocables chanted by pipers for centuries.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/the-big-sing
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


2.30pm

Cabadaich Le Ceòlas – Learn the basics of Gaelic

Learn the basics of Gaelic with Ceòlas – a conversation-focused session for beginners level, with a different theme every day. These events are delivered in partnership with Ceòlas.

  • Diardaoin / Thursday’s session will focus on Days of the week & Piping Live!

The rest of the week’s sessions will look at: 

  • Diluain / Monday – Cò thu? Greetings and meeting people
  • Dimàirt / Tuesday – Àitichean – Places
  • Diciadain / Wednesday – Ceòl – Music

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/cabadaich-le-ceolas-thursday
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


2.30pm

Street Cafe Sessions: Emerging Talent – Ruairidh Buxton & Friends

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-thursday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


3.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – St Andrews Pipe Band of Winnipeg, Canada

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/buchanan-street-pipe-bands-thursday
venue: Buchanan St, Glasgow


4.50pm

Street Cafe Sessions: The CLASP World Amateur Solo Piping Championships Results

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-thursday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


5.00pm

Street Cafe Sessions: Live Podcast – The Big Rab Show

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/the-big-rab-show-podcast-live

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/street-cafe-thursday
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


5.00pm+LIVESTREAM

Pipe Idol Grand Final

After four heats of fierce competition the four finalists will play one last time in front of a panel of secret judges in the National Piping Centre auditorium to see who will be crowned champion. Watch throughout the week as the heats take place at the Street Cafe to see who makes it through to the grand final.

Thanks to Fred Morrison Pipes for their generous sponsorship of this event.

For livestream tickets, click here: https://thenationalpipingcentre.vhx.tv/

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/pipe-idol-grand-final
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE

•Pipe Idol 2022 winner Luke Kennedy being presented with his Fred Morrison Reel Pipes by Finlay MacDonald. Photo: JohnSlavin @designfolk.com / Bagpipe.news

7.30pm

Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital Challenge

Five top solo pipers will each perform a 25 minute medley of their favourite tunes, to become the champion for 2023! The pipers for 2023 are: returning champion Matt MacIsaac, Sarah Muir, Angus MacColl, Callum Beaumont and Stuart Liddell.

This event usually sells out, so we would recommend getting your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/pipe-major-alasdair-gillies-memorial-recital-challenge
venue: Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

•Angus MacColl, Finlay Johnstone, Sarah Muir, Callum Beaumont and Matt MacIsaac were the competitors in 2022. Pictured with sponsor Stuart McCallum of McCallum Bagpipes.

10.30pm

Late Night Sessions with Fionnlagh Mac A Phiocair

Join us for some late-night music at The National Piping Centre, led by Fionnlagh Mac A Phiocair.

Doors open at 10.30 pm and tunes will start from 11, so bring your instrument and join in, or just sit back over a late-night drink and enjoy the music!

Free to attend. Over 18s Only.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/late-night-sessions-thursday
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE