An incredible bagpipe flashmob performing in a city centre has been caught on camera and it’s enough to bring tears of joy to the eyes of anyone who loves the sound of the Scottish instrument.
YouTube user Dennis Shouldice earlier this week uploaded the footage filmed in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia in Canada. The clip begins with a single bagpiper performing to a small crowd. He’s wearing a Christmas hat and it’s not long before he’s joined by another bagpiper.
The second man is wearing a red nose and reindeer horns, as well as a Scottish Quilt. Eventually, another bagpiper and a performer with a drum emerge from the crowd and start joining in.
Soon enough, even more performers randomly join the musicians – each dressed in festive attire and making their way to the performance circle from all different directions.
Members of the crowd can be seen looking on in amazement as the music continues to play throughout the city centre. Some take photos in front of the bagpipers, while others film the spontaneous performance on their smartphones.
A sign also emerges and informs the public the bagpipers are raising funds for the Victoria hospice.
The bagpipers play a string of Christmas favourites before the flashmob moves in to the nearby Irish Times Pub. One by one, the performers, still playing their instruments, march through the pub doors and surprise onlookers.
One patron can be seen tapping along to the tune, while two older ladies smile with delight at the flashmob.
“I got wind that there would be a Flash Mob of Bag Pipers happening on Government Street in Victoria,” Dennis said alongside the video. “Great Fun!”
It’s not the first time flashmobs have surprised random members of the public around the world. Earlier this year, a flashmob choir paid a moving tribute to legendary Aussie conductor Richard Gill with stunning renditions of hits by ABBA and The Beatles in a packed-out music hall shortly after his death in October.
Hundreds of people flooded in to Sydney’s City Recital Hall as part of The Sydney Flash Mob Choir to sing ABBA’s ‘Thank You For The Music’ and The Beatles’ hit ‘Let It Be’ in memory of Gill, who passed away recently.
Meanwhile, a group of Brisbane teenagers recently wowed with an impressive bagpipe rendition of the classic Aussie song, ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
The students from Brisbane Boys’ College in Queensland combined the iconic Australian track with the sweet sounds of the Scottish bagpipes.