In 2014 Stirling Council, with funding from Creative Scotland, commissioned Allan MacDonald & Neil Johnstone to write a piece of music to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. The resulting large scale work entitled 'Bruce 700' is composed for pipes, strings, wind and percussion and reflects the elements and emotions leading up to the battle and its history. It incorporates themes from the time, most relevantly Scots Wha Hae, with Robert Burns’s lyrics imagining Robert the Bruce’s stirring address to his army before the battle.
The work is entitled 'Bruce 700' and was premiered at the Albert Halls, Stirling in June 2014. The performance featured many acclaimed musicians from around Scotland including Gaelic singers Kathleen MacInnes, Griogair Labhruidh, Scots singer Rod Paterson, fiddlers Aidan O’Rourke, Lori Watson and Innes Watson, saxophonists Dick Lee and Fraser Fifield, cellists Neil Johnstone and Christine Hanson and bassist Duncan Lyall, harpist Mary Macmaster, piper Craig Muirhead, smallpipes Thomas Zoller and Masaki Kato and percussionists Donald Hay and Allan MacDonald Jnr, alongside the 3 MacDonald’s brothers of the famous Glenuig dynasty, Allan (pipes & voice) Angus (pipes) and Iain (whistles). Also on stage were the Stirling and district schools pipe, band led by Chris Gibb, and the Stirling Tolbooth traditional folk group.
The following year the work was performed again in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections 2015.
This crowdfunding project is aiming to fund the production of a CD from the live recording made at Celtic Connections and also to raise funds to take the musicians to Germany for another performance of the work on Saturday 9th April 2016 in Hofheim am Taunus near Franfurt am Main, Germany. The CD will be launched at this concert. You are of course welcome to buy several CDs........