Don’t forget that it will soon be International Bagpipe Day! There are no major events happening in the UK on 10th March so it will be up to all of us to make our mark to spread and promote bagpipes in whatever way we feel appropriate! Please do celebrate it in someway – and either send in some record or photographic evidence or post something on the Society’s Facebook page.
From 20 – 22d March in Leuven, Belgium will be the International Bagpipe Symposium. Hosted by the University, in association with Brussels’ Musical Instrument Museum, there will be a range of talks presented by experts from all over Europe – Asturias, Brittany, Scotland, Galicia and Slovakia. There will also be an exhibition of bagpipe and reed makers together with workshops given by Eric Montbel and Birgit Bornauw. There is also a dance in the evening and a concert by a new bagpipe group, MUSA. The weekend ends with a trip to the impressive bagpipe collection at the Museum in Brussels. Further details of this event can by found here http://tinyurl.com/kmn5v6 .
The Ely Street Musicioner’s Muster, 2015, as detailed in the Autumn 2014 edition of Chanter, this event is now running over 2 days as part of the Ely Early Music Festival. The Muster for ‘loud wind’ and percussion will take place on, Saturday, 13th June. Please note that this is a different date from that previously published. Tony Pearson is currently planning the finer details and will announce them as they become finalised.
On Sunday 14th June there will be a number of different music ensembles performing indoors. You will, no doubt, be pleased to know that Jonas, described by one of last year’s participants as “The largest dog in England” has checked his diary and indicated that he is available for leading a procession, if required.
A Facebook Event Page will keep you up to date. (search for Ely Early Music Festival) or, if you would like further details or want to find out how you can get involved, then contact Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org.