Bagpipes go big time in Bergen!
08 August 2013 Big excitement for the musicians of Bergen Pipes & Drums who appear this year as the first ever Norwegian competitors in the prestitgious World Pipe Band Championships, held in Glasgow on 18 August.
Led by Pipe Major Thomas de Ridder, the pipeband is looking forward to participating in the Scottish event which has been running since 1906 and attracts over 200 pipebands from the world over. Hoping their 2/4 march will attract the ear of the judges, ‘we’re aiming to get to the final!’ says Ridder.
As one of three pipebands proud to promote Scottish music and culture in Norway, Bergen Pipes & Drums has also announced a brilliant new initiative to be launched this month – Bergen Bagpipe School will offer teaching to youngsters as an enjoyable alternative to the traditional buekorps bands and instrumental groups which attract Bergen’s musical youngsters.
We wish Bergen Pipes & Drums a hearty welcome to Scotland and ‘lykke til’ – good luck – with the Championships!