Covid-19: Please note that on Monday 16 March 2020 the Directors took the decision that face to face meetings and events were to be suspended forthwith.
However, Practice Evenings take place, using on-line conference media, on Tuesday evenings from 19:30 (October to May).
The Annual Lecture this year was delivered by our Chief, Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor. This was held on-line on Wednesday 31 March 2021 and was entitled: Experience and Memories of Twenty Years of photography in Scotland. A great speaker, with natural authority and great enthusiasm, Sir Malcolm devoted his attention to the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The event attracted an attendance of 75, which was left with the view that we should do this again.
At Home, and Dance Practice. The format of the At Home this year was replaced by a Whisky Tasting event, which was held on-line on Saturday 27 February 2021. We are grateful to the Scottish Gantry of Milngavie for supplying both the materials beforehand and the expertise on the day. To the mix were added musical offerings and recordings of Scottish country dances. This most enjoyable evening was enjoyed by an excellent turn out.
The Christmas Letter from the Club President
The Second House Dinner took place on-line on Monday 08 February 2021. The offerings this time included recording from the Club Piper and from Malin Lewis, the latter currently based in Helsinki on a student exchange programme. Thereafter the gathering participated in small group discussions.
The Piobaireachd Seminar and First House Dinner. took place successfully on 05 December 2020 and 23 November 2020, respectively, by means of online conference medium. Both were well attended. The Club Piper took those present through Catherine’s Lament and Salute to the Glasgow Highland Club
The Dinner commenced with a recital by the Club Piper, and the offerings thereafter included a recording from the Glenfiddich Championship by Honorary Member Stuart Liddell and small group discussions.
We are sorry to report the recent deaths of Former Club President Coll Findlay, Former Club Secretary and Treasurer George Ritchie and thirdly the Reverend Eric Hudson.
Annual Business Meeting.,
The Annual Business Meeting took place on Monday 05 October 2020, using an Internet Conference Call Program.
The Club is delighted to have received from Robert Baker of Australia the gift of the Gold Medal presented to Pipe Major JHB Livingston of the Glasgow High School Pipe Band in April, 1922. The medal was given for first place in the March, Strathspey and Reel competition.
Here is the Summer Letter from the Club President: Download here (.pdf)
The First House Dinner took place on Monday 18 November 2020
The Piobaireachd Seminar was held on 05 December 2020
The Second House Dinner will take place on Monday 08 February 2021
The At Home took place on 28 February 2020
Opportunities to dig out the no.1 kilt outfits and ball gowns are getting sadly scarce these days so it was a great pleasure on Friday 28th February to see 115 members and their guests in all their finery at our annual “At Home” ball in the Glasgow Marriott Hotel.
Club Vice President Hamish MacLeod was our host for the evening and, after leading a grand march and dance (accompanied by members of our pipe band), he welcomed us and we sat down to a splendid meal. Arthur Bruce, Scottish Opera’s current Emerging Artist, sang the Selkirk Grace.
Club Piper John Wilson treated us to a selection of immaculately crafted tunes. Then it was over to the Ian Muir sound to take the stage and start us into our programme of country dances. After the first few dances Pipe Major James Beaton marched the club pipe band onto the floor and they gave us a selection of tunes, allowing the appreciative audience a chance to regain their breath while enjoying the uplifting and unforgettable spectacle of a pipe band in full flow.
4/4 March: Peter Mackenzie Warren and The Banks of Loch Ard
Slow Air: The Glasgow Highland Club
2/4 March: Donald MacLellan of Rothesay
Strathspey & Reel: The Caledonian Canal and The Sound of Sleat
6/8 Marches: Ballochyle and the Glendaruel Highlanders (Club Tune)
Country dancing took over for the rest of the evening, and was enjoyed by dancers of all ages and abilities. Thanks to Iain Smith’s excellent refresher session a week before the main event, even the less knowledgeable dancers among us felt confident enough to take part in almost all the dances and didn’t give away too many free kicks around the box, to use a footballing analogy.
The newly refurbished function suite at the Marriott was a most convivial and fitting venue for this prestigious event, and we look forward to enjoying their hospitality again on February 26th, 2021
J Trevor Watson.
The Annual Lecture took place in the Art Club on Thursday 12 March 2020
Saints in Space: Glasgow University’s Gilbert Marcus demonstrated how the occurrence of hagiotoponyms in Scotland may be used in determining probable delineation of territories in times past.
Away Weekend 24-26 April 2020
The weekend was to have been held at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel. Golf was to have been played on the journey on Friday, and on the Saturday there were to have been walking and golf, with dinner in the evening. The Club intends to make similar arrangements for the 2021 event.
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Visit to the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society: Friday 29 May 2020
This event was cancelled also.