The sun shines again brightly on the fifth Italian Spring Piping School!
Report below from event organiser – Duilio Vigliotti
From 6 to 11 of April in Isernia – Molise, Italy, has held the fifth edition of the Italia Spring Piping School organized by the Italian Pipers’ Association and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
The first “pilgrims” arrived on the 5th evening at the Grand Hotel Europa, where the whole event had place, but the school started on the next day, Wed. 6 April, with a short briefing about the program and the school’s general organization.
Each teacher had his own teaching room: a small suite provided for free by the hotel.
For all the five days long school, the lessons started at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a coffee break at 10:30 and the “Italian” lunch at 1:30 p.m.
Usually, in the evening, massed band practice or workshop/mini-concerts have been held in behalf of the locals in Venafro and in the medieval Pignatelli castle in Monteroduni.
The teaching has been great and, for the first time ever in Italy, the School has had youngsters among the students. 14 kids, already having piping tuition by the Association at their own school.
On Thursday evening 14 students competed on the pipes in a 3 sections piping contest: MSR, Slow Air + Dancing Tune, Marching Tune.
Results as follows:
- March-Strathspey-Reel : 1° Francesco Toiati, 2° Gino Schioppa, 3° Lorenzo Forconi
- Slow Air + Dancing Tune : 1° Gino Schioppa, 2° Lorenzo Forconi, 3° Alex Brown
- Marching Tune in 4 parti : 1° Duilio Vigliotti, 2° Daniela Ballardini, 3° Lino Peluso
- Over All Winner: Gino Schioppa who was generously presented a £250.00 pounds voucher by Wallace Bagpipes.
On Saturday 9 evening, in Campobasso, the regional capitol city has been held a huge public concert in the fabulous “Savoia” theatre. More than 300 people attended the concert and appreciated the artists on the stage.
On Monday 11, the RSAMD students, Stuart Liddell, Jamie Troy and two of the Italian students still remaining “alive on the field”, had a nice trip to Scapoli to visit the Zampogna Museum, sharing an interesting and helpful workshop on the Zampogna held by Dr. Duilio Vigliotti (Italian Pipers’ Association’s president) and by Piero Ricci and, at the end, after a welcome glass of wine by the Mayor of the village, having a great lunch on the place with typical dishes.
Sadly on Tuesday 12th it all was over but we now have good memories and looking forward to the next time.
“I can’t thank you enough for such a great week, the hospitality, the people, the laughs and of course the music…………magic” said Stuart Liddell “I have the fondest of memories!!!”
“It was a fantastic week and I loved it just as much as usual” said Finlay MacDonald “I think the Italian Pipers are in good health and definitely improving all the time. Duilio Vigliotti, API president, is the driving force behind the event and it amazes me how much energy and time he has to give to all of us. He is truly an inspiration to us all and I would just like to say a massive thank you again for his hard work and dedication which makes the Spring School happen”
“It was an amazing trip, what a great place!” said Jamie P. Troy “This was my second time in Italy as guest of the Italian Pipers’ Association and I was extremely fortunate to be invited also to this event, there was such an enthusiastic and passionate community thriving in Italy for the bagpipes and Scottish music. Thank you for having me back to Italy- the people and enthusiasm make it a pleasure to teach.”.
“My week teaching at the Italian Spring Piping School in Isernia was a great experience” said Jonathan Graham one of the three students from RSAMD “and I made many friends so many thanks to all for having me and being so hospitable!!”