‘Nae Ordinary’ night for the Lathallan Pipe Band

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Lathallan School Pipe Band performed at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Pitfodels, Aberdeen last Saturday for hundreds of guests at the ‘Nae Ordinary Burns Supper’.

Fiona Kennedy, singer, songwriter and producer of The Kist, invited the Pipe Band to entertain the guests and pipe in the haggis.

Hosted by Andy Cameron, the Lathallan School Pipe Band were the special guests alongside award-winning actor and director John Bett. The performance of The Kist was by Fiona Kennedy, George Drennan, Jillian Ibister, James Muldoon, Rachel Oates and Ruairidh McDonald.

The supper was raising funds for Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi (F.R.O.M), Horizons UK, The St Machar’s Cathedral Appeal and the Lathallan School Sports Pavilion (opening in April 2013).

Auction prizes included tickets to Robbie Williams, Meet Burt Baccharach, A song written and recorded by Fiona Kennedy, Wimbledon hospitality, Scottish Rugby Union tickets and the auction lot that raised the most on the night was to welcome Lathallan School Pipe Band to your own party or event.

The Lathallan School Pipe Band has a long history, and many pupils have enjoyed learning to play the chanter, pipes and drums within the Castle walls.

IMPORTANCE

In recent years the pipe band has grown to over 30 boys and girls, as pupils recognise the importance of taking part in the amazing musical opportunities available in this high-profile band.

In 2004 the band were delighted to be invited to take part in the Opening of the Scottish Parliament, where they participated in “The Riding” down the Royal Mile and played a set in front of the new Parliament Building.

The band frequently plays at events across the north-east of Scotland, including opening the Angus Show, and appearing at the Drumtochy Games, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Glamis Castle and the annual Armistice Day Parade in Montrose.

Lathallan School’s own Rugby 7s Tournament, held this year on Saturday, April 27, is always opened by the Lathallan School Pipe Band who also recently opened the SRU Autumn International at Pittodrie between Scotland and Tonga, playing Flower of Scotland before the match. The Pipe Band has also been invited to open the Glasgow Rugby 7s in May 2013.

Piping Scholarships are available at the school.