Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 42, Page 4

Píobaire, An, Volume 2, Issue 42, Page 4
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HOLLAND ______THE st INTERNATIONAL BAGPIPE SYMPOSIUMTHE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS.On the 17th of September a symposium on differentkinds of bagpipes from the West and South of Europewas held at the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague,Holland. A full day of lectures, videos, music andan exhibition of instruments from the collection ofthe museum.A year after his first visit to the Low Countries,Nillidh Mulligan came back to represent the Irishpiping tradition and to give a lecture on the instru-ment. -After a long day of lectures, w,th slides and pre-recorded music on various instruments, Nillidh de-cided to give a- demonstration on the pipes and atalk on the music, much to the relief of theaudience. He demonstrated in fine style the different kinds of music played on the instrument,giving a most informative discourse between tunes.After the lecture we retreated to the coffee shop ofthe museum where N illidh played another while forthe pipers present. Another nteresting feature ofthe day was the exhibition of instruments from thecollection of the museum, normally not on display.Among the pipes exhibitied was a set of uilleannpipes by Robert Reid of North Shields (about 1826).Niliidh and myself examined the instrument, andmanaged to play it.All-in-all it was a most enjoyable day and onbehalf of aIF pipers present I would like to thankNeillidh for the fine music and good company.4th Dutch TionIThis event took place during the weekend of 7-9October, in the same farmhouse as the 981 Dutchlion el (see article and photo in An Piobaire no. 3/)Twenty pipers were present, among them five fromBelgium and Germany. In comparison to Ihe threeprevious events the accent was on ,teachrng ratherthan reedmaking. The few remaining reed problemsamong participants were solved in a satisfactorymanner. Three teaching classes were held, onvarious levels. A new element In the programme wasthe Saturday night piping recital, which lasted noless than four hours. Sessions continued until 3 a.m.on both Friday and Saturday nights. Its reassuring tonotice that the number of players who feel confidentenough to join these sessions is growing steadilyover the years. The general atmosphere was one ofrelaxation, shared interest and mutual exchange ofinformation. No group photos were taken this time,for the good reason that the pouring rain outside didnot stop for a minute!On behalf of all the Dutch uilleann pipers (andtheir guests) I wish to thank Nollaig Mac Carthaighfor his tireless teaching work and for his powerfulperformance during the piping recital. No doubt hisselected blend of rare tunes will be a source ofinspiration and a challenge to many of us during thewinter season. Special thanks are due to NiliidhMulligan for his advice and encouragement during thepreparation of the event.Any readers who are interested in attending the5th Tionl in Hofland (same p 1ace: weekend ofI ) october 1989), are invited to contact: PETERVAN LIEMPT, Velserstraat 13, 2023 EA, !laarlem,Holland. Tel 023-271941; or ROBERT VAN DIJK,Beatrixstraat 78, 7511 KR Enschede, Holland. Tel053-304393. ROBERT VAN 1)13KSymposiumPeter LabanPeter Laban playing Reid pipes, September 1988 at ,Detail of middle drone lateraddition / replacement Reid set.
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