Field Marshal Montgomery to defend crown at World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band .
Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band .

Northern Ireland’s Field Marshal Montgomery band is defending its crown at the World Pipe Band Championships this week.

The Lisburn band, the most successful pipe band of all time, will perform in a bid to retain its world champion title for the fourth year in a row.

Field Marshal Montgomery will join 31 other pipe bands from Northern Ireland as well as 8,000 other musicians from countries including Oman, France, America and Australia for the biggest week of piping the world has seen.

The championships are the culmination of this week’s Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival which features more than 150 events over seven days.

Organisers are hoping to capitalise and extend the momentum and atmosphere generated by the Commonwealth Games.

Around 50,000 spectators and 8,000 musicians from around the world are expected to attend the festival.

Musicians from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, the US and Canada are among the 26 countries taking part, as well as pipers from Scotland, France and Spain.

Festival organiser Alisdair McLaren said: “I think it’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere especially straight after the Commonwealth Games. It’s going to be a carry-on from that.

“Because it’s bringing all these musicians in from around the world, the atmosphere is very electric.”

Among the first events held yesterday were the Masters Solo Piping competition at the National Piping Centre and music from France in the Music of the Nations series.

The festival hub is at the National Piping Centre but this year there will also be an event space in Candleriggs in Glasgow’s Merchant City.

Performances will take place there while there will also be a street food festival.