It's Piping Hot; Free Flights to Bask on Bondi Beach. but Only If You Can Play a Pibroch

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It's Piping Hot; Free Flights to Bask on Bondi Beach. but Only If You Can Play a Pibroch


Byline: ROD MILLS

IT'S a long time since Scots in search of a new life in Australia were able to emigrate for only [pounds sterling]10.

But an even better offer is now being made - so long as applicants can play the bagpipes.

The City of Blacktown Pipe Band, near Sydney, is so keen to recruit top-class pipers it is offering free flights and a month's board and accommodation.

In return, it expects pipers to play for at least a year in the only grade one pipe band in New South Wales.

The band has toured the world for the past two decades, playing at various prestigious events, including appearing live on stage with Sir Paul McCartney.

Now it has issued the invitation for some real Scots to boost the band's homegrown talent. Successful applicants could be sunning themselves on Sydney's Bondi Beach in a matter of weeks.

The pipe band's website reads: 'We are looking for a player to fit straight into our grade one band. We have a comprehensive list of contest and concert tunes, so we are looking for someone who is confident of learning a complete list of varied tunes.' Blacktown is in Sydney's western suburbs, 45 minutes by train from the city centre.

Applicants are told they are not guaranteed a piping job for the full year but are assured that 'employment opportunities abound'.

As interviews are impractical due to the 24-hour flight involved, the advert states: 'We require all applicants to make an audition video tape for the purposes of assessing overall playing standard level, which allows us to make an informed decision as to your "fit" into the band. …

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