Highland cathedral

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by bandrh, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. bandrh

    bandrh Member

    Can someone advise what arrangement of Highland cathedral is best to use with bagpipes?
    Is there any other good pieces to do with bagpipes?
    many thanks
  2. Sharpy

    Sharpy Member

    As long as whichever arrangement you use is in concert Eb you should be OK!! But I must ask the question, WHY?!! Having spent a month sandwiched between two pipers every night I cant imagine why anybody would want to voluntarily!!!!
  3. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    We've just recorded the David Lancaster arrangement. As far as the old Agony Bags go, it works. Not pleasant on the ears in a low ceilinged bandroom though!
  4. Sharpy

    Sharpy Member

    Its not anymore pleasent outdoors either!!!

    (I love Bagpipes... honest!!)
  5. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    Thanks Andy. Available from Dragon Music Publishing www.dragonmusicpublishing.com It's been done with any number of pipers between one and around five hunded, and I know which I prefer!


  6. sudcornet

    sudcornet Member

    An abiding memory for me......playing a Millenium event at York Race Course.......massed bands (under the baton of the arranger himself)....and dozens of the single volumed screeching buggers.....most of whom had no concept of beats or bars.....when asked how do you all start together(ish), one of the beskirted gentlemen stamped his foot twice.

    Best performed with the biggest concert bass drum you can find beaten at ffff. (The only way we found to keep the yowling sacs together!)

    Ah....happy days.

  7. Cantonian

    Cantonian Active Member

    Burning burning is the best thing to do with bagpipes.........literally that is!!!

    IYOUNG Member

    oh dear just bought this arrangemnent from David - the concert hall ceiling is very low!!!!!!!

    Ear plugs required
  9. BbBill

    BbBill Supporting Member

    NONE!! ;)

    Highland Cathedral is awful, its really depressing and the pipes usually come in the wrong place, (If you were at the YABB concert in Brantford, Ontario last month, you'll know what I mean, and it was embarrasing for me, being the only Scot in the band!!) I think that one was a Simon Kerwin (?) arragement, cant remember for sure but it was OK as far as the piece working.

    Pipers are best left on their own, doing all their fast solos and slurs, thats about the only time I like listening to them (and thats not very often!)

    I know Im Scottish but I hate that tune!! :rolleyes:
  10. brass journo

    brass journo Member

    I think Simon Kerwin has arranged one as well

  11. NAS

    NAS Member


    The arrangement we did on YABB was Alan Ramsays I think!
  12. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    You don't have to like it. The composers were German.

    I'd like to add that I do publish lots of other pieces that don't involve bagpipes. :)

  13. Kerwintootle

    Kerwintootle Member

    Aye, simon's done an arrangement of it. It was used at the 2003 National Championships of Great Britain Gala Concert by the 'co with a lone piper. Went down a blummin' treat it did.
  14. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Indeed they are and whilst some on this forum might hate it played with bagpipes it does go down well with audiences here on Arran! Personally, I like it and I'm not Scottish. Or German.

  15. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    So do I; especially when they're being played in the highlands of Scotland and I'm safe in Southern Ontario ;)

    As for YABB in Brantford, the parts that worked sounded OK but it obviously suffered from a lack of rehearsal.
  16. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    The best place to hear Highland Cathedral is standing at or near the centre at Murrayfield as the Scots rugby team run out. The feeling starts at buckle level, and erupts with the roar of the crowd. Done it twice - wow!!!:clap:

    As for another brass/pipes piece - believe it or not, get a decent piper, and an arrangement of 'When the saints' in (concert) Bb - excellent, utter show-stopper!

    (BTW, best way to listen to a pipe band is from the next county - anyone else at Pipefest?? :eek::eek: )
  17. bruceg

    bruceg Active Member

    Have to say that this is possibly my least favourite piece of music - ever! With the exception of all the Crazy Frog crap. I'm Scottish to the core, I love the sound of (well played) pipes but I hate Highland Cathedral with a passion unimaginable.

    Glad to have got that off my chest :D
  18. groovy

    groovy Active Member

    Our band is lucky enough to have a REALLY good piper so Highland Cathedral is fine. We tend to do Amazing Grace though, I have a feeling it is arranged by Kingston (?) but will check. It's pretty good, and can be flugel instead of pipes doing the solo at the start.
  19. stephen2001

    stephen2001 Member

    I've got to admit, I'm not a massive fan of the arrangement our band plays of Highland Cathederal, mainly because its one heck of a long blow, I hate pipe bands, and I'm an Englishman, but there is something very special about the piece when the Scots run out to it at Murrayfield. I reckon that a Scottish composer would have been proud of writing a piece like that, let alone two Germans!!
  20. Souter

    Souter Member

    There are a few hand written arrangements doing the rounds of Scottish Bands - we have quite agood one and if anyone is on here from peebles they have an excellent arrangement. May be worthwhile informally messaging a few of the members from Scottish bands on here for a copy.

    We also play Scotland the Brave with our local pipe band and have also played an arrangement of Amazing Grace with Brass and pipes.