The Glasgow Tattoo
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
09 - 10 Feb 2018
From £39.75 - £51.10
39.75 51.10

Event Information

Pre-sale 9am Wednesday 22 February 2017
On sale 9am Friday 24 February 2017

The Massed Pipes & Drums Of The Glasgow Tattoo

Drum & Showband Adeste Musica  (Netherlands)
The Band Of Liberation    (Netherlands)
Historical Flag Wavers Of Contrada Di Cori (Italy)
The Glasgow Tattoo Highland Dance Troupe
With many more acts to be announced...


The 2018 Glasgow Tattoo will take place at The SSE Hydro on Friday 9th February,  with two performances on Saturday 10th February. 

Drum And Showband – Adest Musica (Netherlands)

Drum and Showband, Adest Musica, from Sassenheim was founded in 1952.  In the beginning, the association consisted of a harmony orchestra only, and later a drum and rhythm section was added.  The harmony orchestra ceased in 1963 but the Drum section continued to flourish.  Copper instruments including trumpets, trombones, euphoniums and sousaphones were introduced with the Orchestra growing into it’s present form.
With its high level and spectacular shows, the band always leaves an unforgettable impression with the spectators.  Of course, the uniforms, which are copied from the uniforms of The Dutch Royal Grenadiers, add to the impressive view as well.  

The Band Of Liberation Army Band (The Netherlands)

The year 2000 was the year in which the Netherlands celebrated 55 years of freedom.  The Marching Band Management was approached to programme a Liberation special band to focus on for these celebrations.
This tie-in would mean wearing Allied uniforms from World War II and to play music from the same period. 35 experience musicians were specially selected to be part of the band. A large number of them were old soldiers who had experience with traditional military marching music, and they had the experience they had gained in being members of various military marching bands and drum corps. Music was collected and authentic Canadian battle dresses found. Thus was created The Band of Liberation Army Band.

The intention was that The Band of Liberation would provide a one-off performance at the International Rhine Tattoo, 2000 edition, in the context of liberation. However, due to the great success of the action among the general public and the atmosphere during the rehearsals. 

The repertoire has been expanded and consists not only of ancient martial music. Also songs of Glenn Miller, Vera Lynn and many beautiful corals were performed by the band, of course, all in the style of the period around World War II. Meanwhile, several veterans' organizations informed of the Band and is a welcome guest at various events for veterans. Many veterans from home and abroad have the Band of Liberation into their hearts.

The Band Of Liberation attend many other large and small liberation events, memorial services and parades. They last performed in the UK in The 2016 Belfast Tattoo as part of the Commemoration of The Battle Of The Somme.

Storici Sbandieratori delle Contrade di Cori (Italy)

The "Storici Sbandieratori delle Contrade di Cori" group was founded in September 1976 by a group of young man who wanted to reintroduce the medieval waving of the flag. After having studied this medieval art form from authentic documents "Acta" which described folkloristic traditions from the 16thCentury, they decided they wanted to exhibit the culture of the ancient "Gens Corana" both at home and abroad.

The choreography aims to harmonize the entire group, rather than highlighting on the ability of individuals. Together, the group manages spectacular waving of the flags, building a crescendo of whirling and swirling, tossing and exchanging of flags.

Over twenty years they have developed their style and become a highly professional folkloristic group, participating in festivals both national and international. Contact with other cultures has enriched their own folkloristic culture and popularized the name and age-old tradition of ancient "Cora".

The "Storici Sbandieratori delle Contrade di Cori" consists of the Herald, the Trumpeters, the Drummers and the Flag Wavers themselves.

Through the interplay of the sounds, the gorgeous colors of the costumes and the breath-taking movements imparted to the flags, the flag wavers contrive to conjure up an atmosphere of days gone by. The shrill, clear sounds of the trumpets and the low rhythmic beat of the drums act as a backdrop to the flight and play of the flags which, defile handled by the flag wavers, soar and swirl swift and sure to describe the spectacular and evocative patterns of yesteryear. It is then in their performances, that the spectacle becomes a display of colours, of power and skill which astonishes, captivates and thrills the audience.

The Glasgow Tattoo Highland Dance Troupe - Choreographer David Wilton

David was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and moved to Scotland at the age of 4. He began Highland Dancing at 5 years of age.  He soon catapulted to success by winning his first dancing championship entered at age 7. In his career, he went on to win 192 championships including 7 World Championship titles with the bulk of his tuition coming from his mother, Delma Wilson.  David is a Fellow of the United Kingdom Alliance and through this imparts his knowledge and experience to dancers throughout the world as an instructor and lecturer.

Parallel to his dancing career David is a professional Bagpiper working full time as a Bagpipe Instructor at The National Piping Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland and recently became the Pipe Major of Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band.

“I am extremely excited to be returning to The 2018 Glasgow Tattoo in the role of Highland Dance Choreographer.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for the dancers performing at such a prestigious venue in a well established and successful show.  I am looking forward to working with everyone to make this the best show yet!”

Disclaimer: Please note that Level 3 is accessible by stairs only. Some areas of Level 2 and Level 3 may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties, those who are not comfortable with heights or those who experience vertigo.

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