What’s on at Piping Live! Monday, August 14

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Piping Live! is set to commence in on Monday. If you’re planning to be there for the entire week, get ready for an intense musical experience. The schedule for Monday is jam-packed: featuring world-class solo piping in the Masters competition, a seven-hour-long music extravaganza at the Piping Live! Street Cafe, an RSPBA drumming championship, engaging NPC museum tours, interactive come-and-try piping sessions, a lively BIG pipe band march in Glasgow’s West End, a captivating solo piping performance at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, three pipe bands performing in Buchanan Street, and a choice between two evening events – the Masters MSR Solo Competition, or the avant-garde piping gig with Fraser Fifield, Graeme Stephen and Estonian piper Cätlin Mägi. Hold tight, it’s going to be an eventful start to the week!

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 Monday.


8.00am+LIVESTREAM

The Masters Solo Piping Competition: Piobaireachd

Join the world’s top solo pipers live from The National Piping Centre as they compete in the Piobaireachd event in the Masters Solo Piping Competition.

The best competing pipers of this generation take part in the annual Masters Solo Piping Competition at The National Piping Centre. The overall winner gains qualification to the Glenfiddich Piping Championship.

This is the Piobaireachd section of the Masters. The March, Strathspey and Reel section, will commence upon completion of this Piobaireachd event, at around 5:00pm. 

A separate ticket must be purchased to attend the MSR performances.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/the-masters-solo-piping-competition-piobaireachd
venue: The NPC AUDITORIUM – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


9.00am

British Adult Solo Drumming Championship 2023

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Glasgow and The West Branch) presents a new solo drumming competition.

Join the The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Glasgow and The West Branch) for the second annual British Adult Solo Drumming Championship presenting the best solo drummers in the world as they compete over the day at The NPC Otago Street. 

This is one of a series of  solo drumming events which acts as a qualifying event for the World Solo Drumming Championship, taking place this October.

This event is promoted by the RSPBA Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/british-adult-solo-drumming-championship-2023
venue: The NPC – Otago St, WEST END VENUE


10.15am

Street Cafe Sessions – Pibroch Network Conversations

Shape the future of pibroch by bringing your ideas to a daily think tank. How can the classical music of the Highland pipe grow to be more lovable and discoverable? More vigorous and inclusive? More in tune with our times and heritage? Your imagination and experience are invited! Help us realise our vision:
A world in which pibroch features in mainstream education and performance, and is valued internationally for its positive contribution to cultural life and wellbeing.
Hosted by Barnaby Brown and Josh Dickson, with diverse guests contributing revolutionary sparks. Musical illustrations and roaming mic to provoke illumination and vitality where intimidation and inaccessibility reign.

  • Monday 14 – Platforming. Pibroch and the public: engaging wider audiences
  • Tuesday 15 – Graphic design. Impact and inclusivity: visualizing pibroch on page and screen
  • Wednesday 16 – Standardisation. Competitions and musicianship, motivations and incentives
  • Thursday 17 – Singing. Remove barriers to connection and belonging by singing great music
  • Friday 18 – Composing. New voices and growth: the future of classical Highland piping

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/pibroch-network-conversations
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


11.00am and 3.00pm

Museum Tours: Monday – Friday

Discover the treasures, music and history of the Great Highland Bagpipe with world renowned historian Hugh Cheape.

The tour will take place at 11am and 3pm each day Monday to Friday.

Tickets £2 on the door and allocated on a first come first served basis. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the tour to ensure you secure a place!

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/museum-tours-monday-friday
venue: The NPC – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


12.00noon

Come and Try Piping: Monday

This event is at 12pm each day Monday to Thursday. Tickets £2 on the door and allocated on a first come first served basis. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the tour to ensure you get a spot! 

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/come-and-try-piping-monday-thursday
venue: The NPC THE COLLINSON ROOM – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


12.00noon

Street Cafe Sessions – Scottish Fiddle Orchestra Ceilidh 

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


12.00noon

Piping Live! 2023 Big Band

The Piping Live! Big Band will return for its sixth showcase at this year’s festival

On Monday 14th August, at 12noon, 150 pipers will gather, ranging from young learners playing their chanters, to seasoned professionals playing the pipes in their retirement. The Big Band will walk the streets of Glasgow performing a repertoire of tunes that everyone can play. The Piping Live! Big Band is open to anyone who plays a practice chanter, bagpipes, snare, bass or tenor drum, or is a drum major! All ages are welcome. Past events welcomed musicians aged 8-86. 

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/piping-live-2023-big-band
venue: Mansefield Park, Partick


1.00pm

Street Cafe Sessions – Andy May

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/andy-may

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


1.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Auckland and District Pipe Band, New Zealand

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/auckland-and-district-pipe-band

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


2.00pm

Gig in the Gallery: Scotland

John Mulhearn, renowned piper and composer, will begin a week of international piping styles in the Centre Hall of Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

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


2.30pm

Street Cafe Sessions – Pipe Idol Heat 1

Heat one of our fantastic Under 21 solo piping competition.

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 worl. With 4 competitors each day, one winner will be selected to go through the the grand final which takes place on Thursday 17th August. 

  1. Rory Robson – Scotland
  2. Jamie Brownlie – Scotland
  3. Jean-Sébastien Gamache – Canada
  4. Andrew Pattison – Scotland
  5. Liam Forrest – Canada
  6. Jake Robertson – Scotland

Thanks to Fred Morrison Pipes for kindly sponsoring this event

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/pipe-idol-heat-1-1
venue: The NPC STREET CAFE – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


2.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – City of Edinburgh Pipe Band, Scotland

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/city-of-edinburgh-pipe-band

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


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.

  • Diluain / Monday’s session will focus on “Cò thu?” Greetings and meeting people

Through the rest of the week the sessions will be: 

  • Dimàirt / Tuesday – Àitichean – Places
  • Diciadain / Wednesday – Ceòl – Music
  • Diardaoin / Thursday – Days of the week & Piping Live!

These events are delivered in partnership with Ceòlas

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


3.00pm

Buchanan Street Pipe Bands – Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band, New Zealand

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/canterbury-caledonian-society-pipe-band

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


5.00pm

Emerging Talent – Ciar Milne and Friends

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


5.00pm +LIVESTREAM

The Masters Solo Piping Competition: March, Strathspey and Reel

Join the world’s top solo pipers live from The National Piping Centre as they compete in the MSR event in the Masters Solo Piping Competition. This event, the March, Strathspey and Reel section, will commence upon completion of the Piobaireachd event. 

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/the-masters-solo-piping-competition-march-strathspey-and-reel
venue: The NPC AUDITORIUM – McPhater St, CITY CENTRE VENUE


6.00pm

Book Launch from Malin Makes Music

Malin makes Music is the stage name of composer, Musical Director, bagpipe and fiddle player Malin Lewis

Young traditional musician of the year finalist 2022, their music is inspired by everything they are exposed to in life. Malin plays a set of unique self-made two octave Smallpipes that are opening up new possibilities for piping.

Their sound has been described as ‘Beautiful and raw’ and ‘a breath of fresh air’.

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


7.30pm

Ceol Nua: Fraser Fifield & Graeme Stephen

Come and join us as Fraser Fifield, Graeme Stephen and Estonian piper Cätlin Mägi take to the stage for an evening of new music.

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/fraser-fifield-graeme-stephen

https://pipinglive.co.uk/artists/catlin-magi

https://pipinglive.co.uk/events/ceol-nua
venue: Nice n Sleazy, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow