Update 03.04.2020 - Skype Lessons Not Available
Since the closure of The National Piping Centre on Friday 20th March, we have been looking at ways to continue our teaching. However, to be able to continue in the future, The National Piping Centre has taken the tough decision to suspend all skype lessons for the forseeable future. This is due to the government legislation to take up the furlough payments. As a charity we have had to take this sad decision in the best interests of our staff.
This is incredibly disappointing news for us to share with you, but it was the only decision we could take to ensure our future. In the meantime our teachers would encourage you to keep up the work on your practice chanters, listen to whatever great piping you can, look at new tunes and brush up on your favourites.
We’ll continue to follow the advice of the UK Government and relevant local and global health authorities and will keep you updated as to when we will re-open to staff and the public. We will continue to keep you updated and when we do reopen, we hope you will come and see us soon.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Organisers of the 2020 Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival have today announced that this year’s festival has been cancelled - hours after reaching out to thousands of pipers across the world to pipe up as a poignant salute to key workers in the battle against the Covid-19 virus.
The festival, which was due to take place August 8th – 16th, was expected to welcome 40,000 visitors to Glasgow, with 5,000 performers due to put on over 150 events throughout the city.
But, due to the ongoing and unprecedented effect of Coronavirus, organisers have now made the “heart-breaking” decision to cancel, encouraging fans to focus on the wellbeing of themselves and their families instead.
The programme for this year’s Piping Live! was still to be announced and tickets had yet to go on sale, but festival sponsors, partner venues and performers have been informed of the cancellation.
Ahead of the decision, Finlay MacDonald, Piping Live! Artistic Director for 2020, posted a video on twitter, inviting pipers across the UK to take to their doorsteps and play Scotland The Brave in support of the ongoing work by key workers during this pandemic. The rally cry went viral, with more than 2,500 pipers globally showing their support in an emotional display at 8pm on Thursday April 2nd.
Finlay MacDonald, Artistic Director of Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival, said: “Last night, we were on our doorsteps, piping up in honour of our family and friends in key service roles - applauding their heroic work and extending our humble gratitude. Today, we share this heart-breaking news.
“This hasn’t been an easy decision, but it’s one we feel is entirely necessary to help safeguard the health and wellbeing of our staff, performers, volunteers and attendees. Year on year, Piping Live! attracts crowds from across the world and we believe it’s our responsibility, as a tourism hotspot, to do our bit in helping reduce the further spread of this pandemic. We are ever hopeful the situation gets better quickly. If that happens, we will consider the possibility of a smaller event later in the year.
“The piping community really is like no other and we consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have thousands of the most loyal fans. People who we know will continue to do their part in getting one another through these challenging times.
“As a festival, we’re committed to making 2021 our biggest and best year yet. As a community, we’ll continue to do what we can to keep spirits high and the pipes playing.”
Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival receives support from public bodies including Glasgow Life and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate - each playing an essential role in the continuing strength of traditional music in Scotland’s cultural scene.