Pipeband in China: Nanning Day 2

We were allowed to have a fairly relaxed morning after the busy day yesterday and were picked up at 11.30am and taken to the Guangxi Sports Stadium which is the venue of the International Arts Festival of Folk Songs Opening Concert which we are to be part of.

We are performing a piece of music called “Song across the Land” which is a culturally diverse piece of music, including Chinese music, singing in the Zhuang minority language, Malaysian singing, and of course the bagpipes with Scotland the Brave included. This piece is to be the finale of the concert. It was explained to us that professional musicians from all over the world have performed at the festival many times but very few have ever taken part in the opening concert, and never before have they had a school group from outside Asia performing, so for us to be involved is indeed quite a coup.

We started the afternoon by recording what we were to play for their backing track for the concert, because although we would be playing live on the night it was going to make the sound engineer’s job easier to have a pre-recorded mix coming through. Nothing is left to chance here and the sheer scale of the production is very impressive.

After dinner in our hotel we were again back to the stadium that night for more rehearsals.

We should all sleep well tonight.

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