Saturday, September 08, 2007

Beating Retreat

Again, in the courtyard at Hopetoun House. Retreat involves the marching of the pipes and drums onto the field and maneuvering into a circle, to facilitate the playing of several tunes, then regrouping to march off the field after a salute is exchanged between the individual we would identify as the drum major and the presiding official.

2 comments:

PinkFluffySlippers said...

Bagpipes! Yay! Those bagpipers are waaay nuttier than us cellists.

Rallentando said...

We are in Sussex, in the South of England, and used to see a bagpiper walking in nearby woods and playing as he went. I feel his wife must have sent him out of the house to prevent the neighbours phoning the police. It actually sounded lovely. Bagpipes need to be played in a lonely place by a solitary piper. My husband is a Scot, so maybe I am prejudiced!