Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Musical MP wants to learn bagpipes

Scottish culture minister Michael Russell has revealed his passion for music and his plans to learn the bagpipes in the future.

Royal Stewart Bagpipes by Gear4music
Superb prices on bagpipes
br /> According to the Scottish Herald, Mr Russell is keen to take up the instrument, having already mastered the violin and piano in his youth and spent several years singing in choirs.

The choice would appear to be in stark contrast to the politician's usual music tastes, with Benjamin Britten and Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry among his favourite composers.

"I suppose my musical background was at a very early stage in the great tradition of Anglican church music, which is reflected in my taste for English romantic composers," he remarked.

His comments came as Jim Bryan, one of the UK's most famous bagpipe players, died aged 77.

Mr Bryan was a former president of the Northumbrian Pipers Society in 2006 and the Salisbury Journal claims his 1960s manual on smallpipes was a major factor behind the instrument's popularity today.

Start Saving Money on Musical Instruments Now.ADNFCR-2133-ID-19045602-ADNFCR

Posted on 25 Feb 2009 17:12 to category : Band / Celebrity News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach Spills the Beans On His Less Than Complimentary Thoughts Towards Today's Rock Musicians and Their Work Ethic In the Studio

11 Jan 2017 11:33
thumbnail

The prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction will be honouring several artists this year, including prog legends Yes. Rick Wakeman has stated that he will not be attending.

3 Jan 2017 16:45
thumbnail

Laying the foundations for generations of artists to follow, the legendary musician Leonard Cohen has passed away from unspecified causes.

11 Nov 2016 10:48
thumbnail

Stating it as more of a necessity for the band, M. Shadows highlights the importance of not stagnating and keeping things exciting

31 Oct 2016 16:10
thumbnail

Cancelling his remaining shows in December due to ill health, fears arise over the guitar legends health

21 Oct 2016 17:40
thumbnail

Verified by the guitarist himself, Slash's B.C Rich played a pivotal role in Guns N' Roses rise to fame

10 Oct 2016 16:17

Recent Music News

thumbnail

After changing hands several times over the years, Kurt's revered Hagstrom will now be auctioned today with all the proceeds of the auction going to charity.

16 Feb 2017 12:31
thumbnail

The M-Audio CODE 61 and CODE 49 has been released in a stylish new black design, combining a stunning aesthetic with classic tone.

15 Feb 2017 15:33
thumbnail

Featuring an abundance of exciting new features, the M2 series promises a vast amount of creative and auditory opportunities to the discerning DJ.

15 Feb 2017 10:55
thumbnail

Suffering from a shortage of funds in recent years, the Welsh educational system has experienced a slump in students who are expressing interest in music.

14 Feb 2017 13:19
thumbnail

An excellent audio solution to the mixing processes of the modern day producer, the JBL LSR6325P Studio Monitors are currently available with a huge reduction

13 Feb 2017 11:54
thumbnail

Never before has music been so accessible. With social media, tab sites and forums at your immediate disposal, learning your favourite song couldn't be easier.

9 Feb 2017 15:22