Ten new pipe band compositions will premiere at Piping Live!

Less than two weeks to go Piping live! and the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland are preparing to present their concert titled Emerging composers: 20 years in the Town Halls on the first evening of the festival, Monday August 8 at 7:30 p.m.. Ten new pieces created by the Emerging Composers Project for the NYPBS will be presented at the concert.

These new pieces will be presented by the pipers and drummers of the NYPBS alongside great traditional musicians, forming a bespoke project band featuring the 10 young composers themselves.

Now in its second year, the NYPBS Emerging Composers project has given young composers the opportunity to write pipe band music for the concert stage, working on the 2021 theme of stories from scotland and the 2022 theme of 20 years youngcelebrating 20 years of NYPBS.

The 10 young composers are Breanna Wilson, Ellie McLaren, Kim MacLennan, Anna Scott and Ben Vardi from the 2021 project, and Siobhan Dyson, Lewis MacRae, Malin Lewis, James Bauld and Ben Muir from the class of 2022.

Steven Blake, Director of NYPBS said, “We are very pleased to present this brand new work to Piping live! This year! We are so proud of the hard work our young composers put into the project and very impressed with the result.

“This project is about creating exciting repertoire from new perspectives for a pipe band. It has given us the opportunity to invite new ideas from young musicians from backgrounds that we may not see as often in the world of bagpipes and provides new challenges for our bands to tackle. As a dedicated concert ensemble with artistic freedom beyond any competitive constraints, it is our responsibility to explore new possibilities for the concert bagpipe repertoire and determine what is the most effective way to use our set in a concert hall.

“We come in with a perspective of a pipe band being part of the larger mainstream music scene and being less isolated. Our ambition with our concert projects and our entire program is hopefully to bridge this gap.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased from Piping Live! website here.

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