Daniel appeared at the National Piping Centre’s Spring Concert Series with the NYPB. He will also appear at the RCS Pipers Degree concert on the 18th of March at the National Piping Centre. This upcoming concert will feature all of the pipers on the BMus Traditional Music degree. The night will showcase everything that they do on the course, including playing for highland dancers, 19th/20th/21st Century Light Music, Piobaireachd and Pipe band performaces.
Inveraray have been selected to perform at the Virginia Int’l Tattoo in April this year along with Fife Police and many other top class acts from around the world. You can find a list of all the performers here: Virginia Tattoo 2016 Cast. At the end of the tattoo performances, the band then competes at the Virginia International Tattoo North American Pipe Band Championship in Norfolk, VA. Looks to be a gallus trip and look forward to going! Keep an eye out here for a run down of activities afterwards.
January not only signals a new year but also signals a very busy month ahead with the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. The RCS performs at the festival each year and selects another institution to collaborate with to produce a concert. This year it was the students from the BA Folk and Traditional Music course at Newcastle University. There was no theme set this year so it meant that we all got to play material that we wanted. Assisted by Jenn and Phil, we came up with some cracking sets of tunes which went down a treat with the audience. It was also only the second outing for the newly formed RCS Pipe Band and for only having the music for three days, the band performed to a high standard. The best part of the gig was the sets with the students from Newcastle as some of the tunes we played were tunes that the guys had written themselves.
Lots of gigs still to go at Celtic but I’m especially looking forward to the Gordon Duncan concert that the NYPB are playing at as a tribute to the legendary icon.