Bagpipers from around Scotland will join forces tonight to celebrate key workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
A number of schools have called on students who play the bagpipes to join in a mass rendition of Scotland the Brave from 8pm, in Scotland and beyond.
Finlay MacDonald, the director of Scotland’s National Piping Centre, is one of the organisers of the event. It coincides with the second Clap for Our Carers celebration, which this time will also celebrate the contribution of teachers during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Mr MacDonald will be playing outside his home in Glasgow’s Clarkston area, accompanied by his sons on chanters and – while practising social distancing – a number of other musicians in the area.
Pipers from around the world, including from Canada, India and Japan, have said they will join in. Other musicians are planning to accompany the pipers with fiddles and accordions.
Among the bagpipe players reported to taking part are former Downing Street aide Alastair Campbell, who will play Scotland the Brave in London.
Hands up if you are taking part in the #pipeupforkeyworkers tomorrow night at 8pm? Let us know where you are joining in from! #NHStheBrave - find out more at our facebook event: https://t.co/XMoqt829hc pic.twitter.com/JO0L72AuKn— The National Piping Centre (@ThePipingCentre) April 1, 2020
Hope all you pipers out there are getting ready for tomorrow night. 8pm stand near your front door, at least 2 metres from anyone, and play Scotland the Brave for Brave for our key workers 🎼🎵🎶 #pipeupforkeyworkershttps://t.co/3oTdjdCPbO— BarrheadDYW (@Barrhead_DYW) April 1, 2020
We are calling on pipers in our Glenalmond global community to join us to #PipeUpforKeyWorkers tomorrow night at 8pm. Here's our Head of Piping Brian Elrick getting his chanter warmed. If you can't join @ThePipingCentre initiative, don't forget to clap! #clapforNHS pic.twitter.com/lSccQ88SYs— Glenalmond College (@GlenalmondColl) April 1, 2020
Let’s join in team..... and not just the pipers! (Drummers get your drums out too!)— St Columba’s School Pipe Band, Kilmacolm (@StColPipeBand) March 30, 2020
Well done to those who took part last week, I am sure it helped raise the spirits of your local community and what better way to support the many Key Workers you know!#pipeupforkeyworkers https://t.co/NRB6W0Da17
Lathallan Pipe Band will be taking part in the #pipeupforkeyworkers event tonight from the safety of their own doorsteps. It‘s time to show our appreciation for all those keeping us safe right now. pic.twitter.com/AfZC4qDSZj— Lathallan School (@LathallanSchool) April 2, 2020