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Old 07-12-2019, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default World Piping Championships

How are the 2019 world piping championships being televised?
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:36 PM   #2
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The interest in these things seems to waning, at least here in the US...I can remember the day when one would eagerly await the latest World's CD or cassette..even though it would be replete with numerous bands opening their MSR with The Highland Wedding and various iterations of the strathspey Susan Macleod..contemptible as that was..now, I just don't hear many folks discussing what bands may have a shot at the Gold or the event at all..most younger Pipers couldn't care less..I can see their point to a degree..it's become a litany of mostly forgettable tunes that you couldn't hum to yourself from memory if your life depended on it..tunes that won't survive the test of time but played at the World's as if they were something special.. composed in awkward, uneven phrasings and generally unappealing to the ear and the masses..the set lists formulaic, robotic and firmly bourgeois, the chanters of a ghastly high pitch and tuned so finely as to deprive the instrument of it's character and soul...and played upon a pitch that is full of empty seats in the gallery with a driving rain lashing upon the competitors who have traveled many miles for a bucket list experience ..many never to return...their time perhaps better spent watching some proper Regimental Piping at the Tattoo in Edinburgh, although that too, sadly, is in decline in recent years..if I can find it on a broadcast somewhere I may tune in, but I doubt what I watch will be much different than described.
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:51 AM   #3
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In 2017 and 2018 I have watched the live stream of the final day's competition, enjoyed the event and particularly the massed bands before the award presentations. I will repeat my livestream viewing this year. Find the 2018 event at: World Pipe Band Championships 2018 on Livestream

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