Feel Good Friday – 300 Bagpipes play Amazing Grace

by admin on November 5, 2010

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Patty November 5, 2010 at 8:57 am



Daisy November 5, 2010 at 9:11 am

So beautiful!


KM November 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

Beautiful. That song gives me chills every time. Amazing Grace was written by John Newton in 1779, after he lived an already long, twisted life. He was a slave trader in the Royal Navy and later saved by God, converting and being ordained in 1764. Newton joined forces with William Wilberforce, who was one of the driving forces behind the abolition of slavery. This remarkable song that is so well known by all the world now these days, was not actually made popular until the 1960s. Funny, because it seems to be the evangelical “theme song” today.


Shayna November 5, 2010 at 9:39 am

I love bagpipes. Just love them.


Teapot November 5, 2010 at 10:09 am

Wow. Any dry eyes out there?


QueenOfAllThings November 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

Oh, thank you, thank you! There is nothing (musically) more beautiful than the pipes playing “Amzing Grace” – makes me weep every time.


Bunny November 5, 2010 at 11:10 am

It’s amazing how music can move a person. Anyone else need a tissue now?


Numa November 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

Amazing Grace + bagpipes=tears. Beautiful!


Kimbubbley November 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm

If anyone EVER has the chance to see this man in concert, it is well worth it whether you like punk rock or waltzes and he ALWAYS manages to make you cry, somehow, like this.

Thank you, Admin!


Simone November 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm

@Teapot – nup


Susan Scatena November 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm

But where was it being played?


Mojo November 6, 2010 at 3:56 am

Thank you, that was beautiful. It reminded me of seeing the Edinburgh Tattoo, which can also be relied on to bring a tear to the eye. Thank God for such music.


Ms Marple November 6, 2010 at 10:36 am

Thank you, Admin. It never fails to make me cry.

My father loved bagpipe music. When he celebrated his 80th birthday, we arranged a private bagpipe concert for him. When he died in December of the same year, we asked the same bagpipe player to come and play for dad again during the church service and at the cemetary.

The village cemetary is situated at the end of a long lane, surrounded by fields and water. It was a clear freezing day. Steve the bagpipe player played Amazing Grace walking slowly in front of the hearse from the start of the lane to the cemetary. My friend Natascha was sobbing on my shoulder ‘This is so beautiful’. It was indeed hauntingly beautiful and a moment I will never forget.


AS November 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

OH! My God! This was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.


AS November 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

@Ms.Marple – What a nice way to put his soul to rest. I am sure he must have been smiling peacefully.

@Kimbubbley – any idea who the person is?

@Bunny – you could use some of your tissues.


Nannyogg November 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Dunno why but that really brought a lump to my throat.


Ang November 8, 2010 at 7:27 am

@AS – He is Andre Rieu. A Dutch violinist, conductor, and composer . I don’t really like his style, but yes, he’s very good in organizing these kind of events. And this piece is wonderfull.


Jill Robertson November 8, 2010 at 8:17 am

As a piper. I have played Amazing Grace zillions of times & people always ask for it. The pipng tune was specially written for the bagpipes. I’ve made up a high harmony to Amazing Grace & play it on the bagpipes with a piper friend who does the melody. It sounds really good. No-one else in the world plays this. It’s unique. It could be done in a pipeband situation if there were several pipers to play the harmony & enough others to give a good melody. However, the harmony is in my head !!!


SciFiLeslie November 8, 2010 at 9:58 am

It never fails to amaze me that this song can make me both happy and sort of sad at the very same time. Beautiful. *runs to get tissue*


Girlysprite November 9, 2010 at 3:49 am

This man (Reu) is brilliant as well. And a really nice man too 🙂 He really knows how to make classical music ‘work’ for large audiences.


M. November 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Thank deity everyone was in tune, on key, and in sync.

I love bagpipes too much to not have at least some extremely distant Celtic ancestor.


colleen November 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm

wow what beautiful music.


Tara November 28, 2010 at 10:44 am

My uncle played this on the sax at my grandmother’s (his mother’s) funeral. It makes me sob every single time I hear it!


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