burning the midnight oil
The Southland Times
May 14, 2001
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band has been burning
the midnight oil in the countdown to Pipin ' Hot this
week and its tour to Canada
three weeks later.
Rehearsals for the show, which opens on Wednesday night,
have been running close to midnight in the past few weeks
but at the weekend some members worked right through the
Pipe major David Pickett said the Nova Scotia International
organisers had requested a high-quality recording of the
music the band will play in Canada. However, every spare
moment was taken up with rehearsals for Pipin ' Hot .
The Tattoo organisers could not wait until after the show
season finished because they wanted the material for a
CD to be on sale by the time the tattoo began at the end
of next month, Mr Pickett said.
The compromise was to work through the night. On Friday
the backing band started recording at midnight, finishing
at 3.30am. On Saturday, following a mini Pipin ' Hot performance
at the New Zealand Community Boards conference at Ascot
Park Hotel, pipers and drummers were recorded, finishing
at 2.45am yesterday.
"While that was going on there was another whole
crew of people working all night to get the Civic (Theatre)
set up," Mr Pickett said.
That team moved into the theatre at midnight on Saturday,
following the close of Verdon College's production of
The Sound of Music, to build scaffolding for the set and
install the sound and lighting systems. That work was
still being finished as the cast arrived for a rehearsal
"We've got an amazing team of people around us,"
Mr Pickett said. "It's really gratifying and humbling
to see the sacrifices people are prepared to make for
the show and tour to be a success." Pipin ' Hot runs
from Wednesday until Sunday. The band leaves for a four
and a-half week tour of Canada on June 9, comprising the
same Pipin ' Hot show and an
nternational bandfest in Victoria followed by the Nova
Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax.