Pipes, pasta and Padua (and Venice!)

**FREE FOR MEDIA USE WITH PICTURE CREDIT** Craig Weir of Carnoustie celtic rock band Gleadhraich piping at their hometown headline gig at Dundee Rep Theatre on October 11 2013.
**FREE FOR MEDIA USE WITH PICTURE CREDIT** Craig Weir of Carnoustie celtic rock band Gleadhraich piping at their hometown headline gig at Dundee Rep Theatre on October 11 2013.

A top Carnoustie piper will be working his own ‘Italian Job’ this weekend as he guest performs in two stunning cities in the north of the country.

Craig Weir will be taking to the stage in Padua and Venice as a guest of the Youth Orchestras of Veneto and Ochsenfurt as part of the 25th International Music Meeting in Italy.

The first performance took place last night (Thursday) at Padova’s Modigliani Auditorium with another taking place tonight (Friday) at the Palazzetto del Sport in Pontelongo and the final concert at Piove di Sacco’s Sant’ Anna.

Craig will be performing the traditional Scottish piece, ‘Highland Cathedral,’ as well as ‘Dreaming of Home’ and ‘Friends for Life’ with the orchestras as well as performing a solo section made up of his own compositions.

The trip will finish with a visit to the Scuoala Media Mameli di Padova where Craig will again be acting as an ambassador for the bagpipes and introducing them to students abroad.

He said: “I am very excited about my first performances in Italy this week. I performed with the Youth Orchestra of Ochsenfurt in Germany in November and had a great time.

“I am thrilled to have been invited to perform again with such fantastic young musicians and it’s great that Italy, Germany and Scotland will be represented in these three concerts.”

Craig and his beloved bagpipes have been very much in demand recently, appearing in places like the New York City Tartan Week festivities and also on stage with Queen in Glasgow.