Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O’Rourke


Fri, 1 Apr 2022


7.30pm – 8.30pm (Doors 7pm)


Under Les Colombes at St Giles’ Cathedral

Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award 2019 and fresh from a global audience performance opening COP26 in Glasgow, Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. Burns&Beyond are delighted to welcome her back for another special performance, beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation in St. Giles’ Cathedral, once again in partnership with Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke, who produced Chaimbeul’s critically-acclaimed debut album The Reeling.

A native Gaelic speaker, Chaimbeul’s style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland. Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, she was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. Inspired by hearing the playing of Rona Lightfoot she began learning at the age of 7 with local tutor and award-winning piper Niall Stewart and from there transferred to St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh.

Working closely with O’Rourke, Chaimbeul has devised a completely new way of arranging for pipe music that emphasises the rich textural drones of the smallpipes; the constancy of sound that creates a trance-like quality in the tunes.

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It feels simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct, led by the peculiar, beautiful sound of the smallpipes.


In a highlight of early 2019 releases, Hebridean piper Brìghde Chaimbeul gives Scottish folk a startlingly contemporary feel.

The Quietus

Les Colombes (The Doves)

Burns&Beyond presents Les Colombes (The Doves), a winding column of more than 2,500 origami paper doves which will fly the full length of St. Giles’ Cathedral. Symbolizing love, hope and kindness, the doves encourage a feeling of optimism as we reflect on years past and look ahead into 2022.  More information about the installation can be found here.

Important Covid-19 Safety Information:

  • Please note that Burns&Beyond live music events being held at St. Giles’ Cathedral will be in unreserved theatre-style seating
  • Please do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have Covid-19 symptoms or have been contacted by NHS Scotland Test and Protect in the last 14 days. Residents showing Covid-19 symptoms can pre-book a test by visiting or by calling 0800 0282816.
  • Currently the wearing of face masks is required in our indoor venues for all staff, audiences and contractors, whether seated or standing, unless exempt (please remember that some people may not have visible reasons for their exemptions. This is a Scottish Government legal requirement Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others – (
  • Although it is not an entry requirement, for your safety and the safety of others, we recommend taking a lateral flow test prior to attending the concert. Tests are available here.
  • In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Les Colombes event and concerts held in St. Giles Cathedral will NOT be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue.

Filming & Photography

  • Les Colombes is a stunning visual installation and we want you to take photos and videos inside the experience using your camera phones, but please be considerate of other visitors when taking photos
  • When posting images and comments on social media, please use the hashtag #lescolombes & #burnsandbeyond so more people can see the photos you’ve created
  • Filming or recording of the live music performance is strictly prohibited
  • Unfortunately tripods and professional camera equipment are NOT permitted to protect both the copyright of the artist and also the safety of visitors. St. Giles’ Cathedral will be in a low lighting setting and has narrow walkways, so tripods are strictly prohibited at the event