reception in Victoria BC
The Southland Times
June 18, 2001
_ Members of the City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe
Band's Pipin ' Hot team were still fizzing yesterday after
a phenomenal reception when the show was performed at
Victoria, Canada on Friday night (NZ time).
The one-off performance at the Royal Theatre on Vancouver
Island brought the audience to its feet for a lengthy
and enthusiastic ovation.
Piper Richard Christie said the experience was unforgettable.
Right from the first number it was just electric in the
theatre. The whole crowd was buzzing right from when the
curtain went up.
"The comments from the crowd made you feel guilty
for stopping and going home." Many people stayed
around after the show to meet the cast. There were numerous
requests for CDs and videos of the show and calls for
the production to be repeated next year. Most said it
was like nothing they had ever seen before and several
even compared it to Riverdance.
Pipe major David Pickett described the crowd reaction
"Never in all my years of playing have I experienced
such an audience
"We received a standing ovation three numbers before
the end and they just wouldn't let us go." Tenor
drummer Helen Copeland said she was constantly asked when
the show was coming back.
"I think people were just blown away when we went
out for Bonnie Ship. All you could see and hear were people
clapping _ you could actually hear in through the (fold
back) speakers." The rapturous applause was acknowledged
in a truly Kiwi way when the entire cast and crew took
the stage to perform a haka, led by musical director Peter
On Saturday (NZ time), it was back into rehearsals for
military Bandfest, which began yesterday in a large ice
hockey arena. It finishes tomorrow.
On Wednesday (NZ time), the party will return to mainland
continuing on Thursday to Halifax on the east coast and
the Nova Scotia International Tattoo.