Mr Douglas McCheyne, Senior Executive | Marketing and Communications, Scottish Development International
“The visit of the Masterchefs of France allowed us to showcase the very best of Scottish food and drink to a prestigious and influential group. By engaging Donald’s services, we were also able to expose our international visitors to the best of Scottish hospitality, heritage and music which added a real sense of theatre and drama to what was an enormously successful event. Donald’s participation played no small part in that success. Donald’s passion, professionalism and engaging manner made him a genuine pleasure to work with and I would have no hesitation about doing so again, or in recommending his services to others.”
Mr Boyd Tunnock CBE, Managing Director, Thomas Tunnock Ltd Scotland – August 2012
“To Pipe Major Donald Glass. The “Tunnock Teacake Jig” is of a very high standard and in keeping with the product. We, in Scotland, are proud of the bagpipes and this jig sits well with our quality. Thank you Donald. Boyd.”
Mr Tunnock was very pleased with his tune and ordered additional copies of the CD to send to his overseas distributors.
Sir Moir Lockhead former CEO of FirstGroup PLC
Sir Moir Lockhead former CEO of FirstGroup PLC purchased my composition “Scottish Rugby’s Tribute to Christchurch New Zealand 2011” at the S.R.U. “Send Off” Dinner last year and I presented Sir Moir with the CD and signed manuscript of the tune.
“I was impressed with Donald’s piping at the SRU “Send Off” Dinner. The composition I bid for was skilled and sensitive, reflective in the first section and moving to an uplifting and forward looking second part. I would recommend Donald and the service he provides.”
Ian McLauchlan, President of the Scottish Rugby Union
The Scottish Rugby Union President, Ian McLaughlan said “We were delighted to include Donald’s original manuscript and CD in the auction at the SRU’s Farewell Dinner in August 2011 and his rendition of the tune added to the atmosphere at a very special evening.
The manuscript and CD of Donald’s composition “Scottish Rugby’s Tribute to Christchurch NZ 20122″ raised £1,800.00 for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. As a result of the event we were recently able to present the people of Christchurch with a cheque for NZ$85,000.”
Letter from Bob Parker, Mayor of Christchurch New Zealand
“Thank you for your letter, manuscript and CD of your composition “Scottish Rugby’s Tribute to Christchurch New Zealand 2011″.
The visit from the Scottish Rugby team during the Rugby World Cup was greatly appreciated by our city, as we were not able to host any games and it was important that our citizens could participate in the World Cup. Thank you for your contribution to that visit and the generous donations to the Christchurch Earthquake Mayoral Relief Fund.
The tune’s early slow lament followed by a stronger and more optimistic tune fits well with how our city has responded to the earthquakes. There has been and continues to be great grief at the destruction caused but as a city we are now looking to the opportunity to rebuild Christchurch into a truly 21st century city.
Thank you for your continuing support of our city.
Rosie and Alastair, Stirlingshire
“Thank you Donald for composing the fabulous music for our first dance on our wedding day. Both Alastair and I, our family and friends, loved your music and the atmosphere was unforgettable We had an amazing day, thank you again for being part of it.”
Angus Meldrum retired Managing Director of Tennent Caledonian Breweries Limited, Wellpark Brewery, Glasgow
“Donald was commissioned by my former company to compose a tune to mark my retirement after 30 years service. Donald composed the superb tune “Angus Meldrum of Wellpark”, a Retreat March, and I was absolutely thrilled to have it played for me and to receive the original manuscript, framed and signed. It still gives me great pleasure to hear my tune whenever I play the C.D.
Commissioning Donald to write a commemorative tune is a really unique presentation to give to any one or any association or club. Quality is guaranteed as Donald is a piper of the highest standards.”
The Incorporation of Maltmen in Glasgow, Trades House, Glasgow
“In 1999 I was commissioned to compose a tune to be played at the Annual Dinner of The Incorporation of Maltmen. I was delighted to do so and have been invited to play the tune at all subsequent dinners. The composition is a Hornpipe and within it I have tried to convey the bubbly effervescence of the brewing process.
The Incorporation of Maltmen is the only one of the fourteen Trades represented at Trades House Glasgow to have their own pipe tune, played by their own Pipe Major, every year.”
Tina Eccles, Yorkshire
“My 40th birthday was very special – made even more so because my family commissioned a piece of music from Donald. It was a wonderful surprise and added so much to my day, my own tune to dance to!
Donald’s music is a delight to listen to, he is a very talented piper and composer. My tune is not the traditional type of pipe tune, he was very inventive and I love my music.
It feels very special to have a tune name after me. When I play the CD it brings back great memories of a fabulous birthday.
I would recommend Donald’s music to anyone who is looking for something exclusive.”
David McAllister Past President of the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland
“As President I hosted one of the largest and most successful dinners in Scotland, the BEN Dinner attended by nearly 1,000 people from all over the United Kingdom. Donald was commissioned to write a tune in acknowledgement of the outstanding success of my year as President. Pipe Major Glass composed “Succour Those in Need” the motto of the BEN, to mark this occasion and played this stirring March to the assembled company.
Donald’s skill in composing and playing an uplifting tune was appreciated by everyone. It was received with great respect and applause, setting the tone for a wonderful evening.
Anyone looking for a unique tribute for a special occasion will find Donald professional and creative in his compilations.”
Carolyn R, East Dulwich
“I commissioned Donald to compose a piece of music for my brother’s wedding. I wanted to give them something special, something no-one else would think of.
From first contact with Donald he made everything so easy, he is very professional and was keen to ensure I was happy as the composition developed.
My brother and his wife were overwhelmed, their reaction was all I could have wished for. It was very romantic, and they can play the CD at anniversaries as a reminder of a lovely day.
Thank you Donald. I would recommend you and your music to anyone.
Mark Robertson, Yorkshire
“A friend heard about Donald and commissioned him to write a tune for my 30th birthday – inspired, I love it.. The tune is fast, great to dance to and brings a smile to my face every time I hear it.
My ancestors are Scottish, obviously with a name like Robertson. I have the manuscript proudly displayed at home in London – it tells the world there is a piece of music written for me.
Donald is a talented composer and a great piper, I’d heartily recommend him to anyone wanting something original. Seriously impressed.”
Ryan Peterson, Argyll and London
“I am writing to thank you personally for the music that you wrote in celebration of my 40th birthday. The skirl of the pipes has always stirred my emotions but to have an original piece of music, composed especially, is a treat and an honour that will last a life-time!
I have listened to it many times since the morning of my birthday and many people whom I have told about the gift have thought it a truly marvellous idea. I wish you all the best in the future: be assured that both the idea, and the execution, bring much joy!
With very best wishes, Ryan Peterson
Original bagpipe music composed especially for you