Boquhan man’s music tribute to New Zealand earthquake victims

Donald Glass
Donald Glass

A COMPOSER has produced a CD of bagpipe music in aid of New Zealand earthquake victims - which was taken to the country by Scotland’s Rugby World Cup squad.

Donald Glass from Boquhan, near Balfron, also produced a framed manuscript to go with his CD and produced two copies of the works.

One was auctioned at a black-tie dinner at the Radisson, Glasgow to mark the send-off of the Scottish squad, raising £1,800 of the total amount, and the other copy was presented to the deputy major of Christchurch Ngaire Button by the SRU president Ian McLauchlan.

Christchurch was devastated when a quake hit in February, killing 181 people.

The send-off dinner at the end of August was organised by Hearts and Balls, a charity which helps severely injured rugby players.

Mr Glass, the owner of The Scottish Bagpipe Composition Company, said: “I met Ian through a mutual friend and we got talking about raising money as he is heavily involved in fundraising for the Hearts and Balls charity. We thought it would be a fitting tribute as the Scottish Rugby Squad played one of their first games in Christchurch.”

The composer added: “I suggested I could produce something for the occasion and that Ian could present a signed copy of the manuscript and the CD to the people of Christchurch.

“Ian said it would be an honour to make the presentation as a way of honouring all those who died in the earthquake.”

Although Mr Glass was born in Glasgow he has Hebridean roots and celtic music has been a constant in his life. When he was 18 he attended the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and qualified as a piping instructor.

Mr Glass was invited to join Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities Officers’ Training Corps Pipes and Drums. A year later he was appointed Pipe Major of the Corps and led the Universities’ Pipes and Drums to win the World Pipe Band Championships in their grade. It was during this time that he began to write music.

Since then he has been commissioned to write music for many private and ceremonial occasions, including Succour Those In Need commissioned by The Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland, The Maltmen March for the Incorporation of Maltmen in Glasgow and Angus Meldrum of Wellpark for the retiring managing director of Tennent Caledonian Breweries.