Today, I am pleased to announce that the St. Edmund's Pipes & Drums, a band of local musicians, have joined forces with the Sacred Art Institute on Enders Island to offer music workshops, lessons and concerts, steeped in the piping traditions of the Scottish Highlands.
The pipes have been part of the expression of God's people for well over 3,000 years and are recorded in the Old Testament when people lamented or celebrated with joy. When Solomon was anointed King of Israel, "all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them" (1 Kings 1:40).
Please take a few minutes to hear more about the formation of the St. Edmund's Pipes & Drums and our exciting plans!
Early next year, the St. Edmund's Pipes & Drums will present two exciting special events and programs:
Burns Night - Saturday, January 30th: A black tie, traditional Burns Supper, celebrating the life and poetry of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Supper will be preceded by a St. Edmund's Pipes & Drums performance (open to the public), to be held in the Chapel of Our Lady on Enders Island.
The CT Piping & Drumming Workshop - April 17 - 18: A weekend of music, fun, instruction, and inspiration with some of the best pipers and drummers in the world! Whether you're brand new to the piping and drumming community, or a seasoned musician gearing up for the upcoming competition season, there will be something for all levels of experience and interests. Now in its fourth year, the workshop will take advantage of its splendid location on Enders Island, where housing accommodations and meals will also be available.
The St. Edmund's Pipes & Drums have been practicing outdoors on Enders Island on Wednesday's at 6:00 pm since the pandemic began, thus starting a new tradition! We invite you to visit Enders Island while they rehearse, listen to their stirring sounds, and rejoice in God's blessings to His people.
In faith and hope,
Fr. Tom Hoar, SSE
President, St. Edmund's Retreat