It’s been a busy couple of months for GGP and Glenbervie! Neil and Kathryn enjoyed a lovely wedding day on 27 Feb, followed by two weeks in the north of England and north Norfolk. We even managed a couple of small gigs while we were away, in very friendly local pubs.
Glenbervie’s first performance on returning home was for Earth Hour at the Kelpies. It was very cold and we were playing outdoors – not the best environment for instruments or voices! A warmer venue for a gig was the Allanwater Brewhouse in Bridge of Allan. We enjoyed a 2 hour stint there on 9 April and have been invited back to play during their beer festival in July. Should be a good one! Before that, though, we will be on an indoor stage at the Scribbler’s Picnic in Stirling on 8 May. More on that next month…
GGP has also been busy. Piping classes continue on a Tuesday evening at Falkirk Trinity Church. (There are still places available, please contact Neil for more details.) Competition season is underway so he is busy practising for upcoming events. Sadly, his best friend Brian Aitchison passed away in March after battling cancer. In order to raise money for Macmillan, Neil is doing the 5 x 50 challenge, which involves running 5k every day for 50 days. His final run is on Sunday 15 May. Neil is going to play bagpipes (walking, though!) for the distance, which will start at the Dobbie Hall in Larbert and finish at Falkirk Trinity Church. We hope to collect more funds en route to add to the generous donations received so far. If you’d like to donate online, please use this link: www.just giving.com/Neil-Clark16
Both Neil and Kathryn are busy rehearsing for the Tryst Orchestra’s concert at Falkirk Town Hall on 29 May. Neil is the solo piper for a performance of George MacIlwham’s ‘Alba Suite’. A varied programme of music is to be played that night, and is bound to be popular, so buy your tickets early!