High notes . . . high notes. . . high notes . . . high notes . . .
:: In a post-script to the third annual Belfast Tattoo earlier this month, the organisers have revealed that this year's event had its most wide-reaching audience participation so far, with tickets being sold to customers from as far away as the USA, Canada and Australia. Other nations represented among the spectators included Oman, France, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Germany. No wonder the event has been signed up to continue until at least 2019, and the organisers have already provisional fliers prepared for next September, which they will begin distributing at the Stone Mountain Games in Atlanta in October. The 2016 Tattoo will also revert to a three-night show on Thursday, Friday and Saturday September 1, 2 & 3.
:: Staying on the subject of Tattoos, Cullybackey have just returned from a hugely successful trip to the Avenches international music festival, the second largest event of its kind in Switzerland and the only Tattoo that takes place in French speaking Switzerland. The high quality musical and choreographic marching bands put on spectacular shows which made the arenas pulsate with incredible sound. And Drumlough's pipe major Ian Burrows, who is also the RSPBANI's project officer, is just back from participating in the the Kremlin Spasskaya Tower Military Tattoo which received wall-to-wall television coverage in Russia. Needless to say, Ian's proficiency on various styles of the bagpipe went down a treat with the punters.
:: Soloist are reminded that entries for both the Andante-sponsored world solo drumming and international juvenile solo tenor competitions at Glasgow Caledonia University on Saturday October 17 will close next Friday.