Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy Hogmanay!!!


On behalf of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts, I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year.  We hope that everyone had a very relaxing holiday.  Instructors are hoping that some practising was done to shake off the turkey and tinsel.  Classes and band start back up this week.  I hope you're as excited as we are!!!  

Did you know that the most commonly sung song on New Year's Eve is Auld Lang Syne (for English speakers)?  Did you also know that the song literally translates to "old long since" and also means "times gone by."  It has also been noted that Auld Lang Syne is one of the most popular songs that no one knows the lyrics to!  Poor Robert Burns!

Before the festivities of Christmas and New Years, the College held our annual Christmas recital.  By all accounts, it was seen as a huge success!  Thank you to all the instructors and volunteers for your time and efforts for helping this event run smoothly and on time!  Congratulations to the MacLean family!  They were the winners of the volunteer of the year award.  This award goes to an individual (or family in this case!) who goes above and beyond the duties of a volunteer.  The MacLean family has certainly done that and more!  They are certainly an inspiration! 

Susan Topping, the College's unofficial official photographer, was there to capture the action.  Below are a snippet of some of the awesome photographs that were taken.  To see the rest, follow this link:  http://www.collegeofpiping.com/photogalleries.php?id=4ef4806843113.  Thank you Susan, for your stellar photography skills!

Karen Hatcher, our fabulous Executive Director (and her Grade Five Pipe Band début!)

The MacLean Family

Highland Dancing Students

Step Dancers in action!

Step Instructor, Rebecca Dawson, trying her hand, er feet, at the Fling!

A wee Highland Dancer

Wee Step Dancers

All together now!