Scots piper creates tune for New Zealand earthquake victims

Donald composed the tune to help victims of the Christchurch earthquake

A SCOTS piper has composed a new tune in honour of the earthquake victims of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Pipe Major Donald Glass composed the music to raise funds for the disaster relief fund.

Entitled Scottish Rugby’s Tribute to Christchurch NZ 2011, the manuscript and an accompanying CD were auctioned at the Scotland Rugby Team’s “Send Off” dinner.

The auction raised £1800 for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, with a staggering £45,000 raised during the entire event.

Yesterday Donald said “I am delighted and honoured to support this great initiative  and wish the Scottish Rugby Team every success at the World Cup.”


Donald has been piping since he was 12

Scottish Rugby President, Ian McLauchlan, said: “We were delighted to include Donald’s original manuscript in the auction at the Farewell Dinner and his rendition of the tune added to the atmosphere of a very special evening.

“His contribution added to the amount raised for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and, as a result of the event, we were recently able to present the people of Christchurch with a cheque for NZ$85,000.”

Donald Glass has played the pipes at events throughout the world.  He has composed music to celebrate all types of occasions.

He began playing the pipes at the age of 12 and has been a qualified as a piping instructor since he was 18.

Donald has now formed his own company, The Scottish Bagpipe Composition Company, based in Stirlingshire.