Live stream viewing online has become one of the best ways for far-flung pipers to catch pieces of the Piping Live! festival in Glasgow, as well as being a great way to kill your weekly productivity! The week is chock full of piping events culminating with the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green, and a good part of them, including the Worlds, are accessible for free to a global audience online. If you can't be there in person, it is the next best thing. Below is list of venues and events so you can schedule your daily viewing for the week of August 7 to the 12.
The Masters Solo Piping Competition, Monday August 7
Highland piping’s best solo competitors take the stage in this invitational kicking off Piping Live! activities. The winner qualifies for the renowned Glenfiddich Championships so expect some players to bring their A game in piobaireachd and MSR.
Lunchtime Recital with Callum Beaumont, Tuesday August 8
Catch Dojo U instructor Callum Beaumont starting the week’s lunchtime recital series at the Piping Centre. The lunchtime recitals have become a staple of Piping Live! events and offer a great chance to hear the world’s best pipers cut loose.
Lunchtime Recital with Jack Lee, Wednesday August 9
Jack Lee takes the stage for Wednesday’s lunchtime recital. Jack, of course is Pipe Sergeant of the SFU pipe band and one of the world’s most successful soloists.
Lunchtime Recital with Willie McCallum, Thursday August 10
The final recital for the week wraps up with Willie McCallum. Willie is, and has been, one of the world’s top solo pipers with a track record of awards and prizes that is unequaled.
The College of Piping
The College of Piping, just outside Glasgow City Centre, also has a full slate of events during Piping Live!, including their regular “Piobaireachd of the Day” with some of the world’s best pipers. They've streamed these events in the past, but their live stream schedule is not yet available. The announcements typically come in the days leading up to the events, so good to keep a close eye out on their website.
Monday August 7—
Piobaireachd of the Day – 12 noon: Brian Lamond.
1-2 pm: National Youth Pipe Band.
Tuesday August 8— Piobaireachd of the Day – 12 noon: Dougie Murray. 1-2 pm: Police Fife Scotland.
Wednesday August 9 —Piobaireachd of the Day –12 noon: Michael Grey. 1-2 pm: Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia.
Thursday August 10— Piobaireachd of the Day – 12 noon: Donald MacPhee. 1-2 pm: Johnstone Pipe Band
Glasgow Green, August 11 and 12
Glasgow Green, of course, is where more than 200 bands with converge for the year’s top pipe band event. Friday will see all Grade 1 bands play a qualifier run of their medley and MSR, with the top 12 going through to Saturday's final.