Highland Cathedral

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This article is about a piece of music. For the church popularly known by this name, see St Columba Church of Scotland, Glasgow.
"Highland Cathedral"
Released 1982
Composer Ulrich Roever and Michael Korb

Highland Cathedral is a popular melody for the Great Highland Bagpipe.

This melody was composed by German musicians Ulrich Roever and Michael Korb[1] in 1982 for a Highland games held in Germany.[2] It has been proposed as the Scottish national anthem to replace unofficial anthems Scotland the Brave and/or Flower of Scotland.[3] It has subsequently undergone various orchestrations and had lyrics added in English and in Scottish Gaelic.

The tune has been performed by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and featured in the album, Spirit of the Glen, which won a Classical Brit award in 2009.[4] The song has been performed at numerous Scottish cultural events, including Scotland's Rugby Union games.[1] The tune was the Royal Hong Kong Police Anthem under British rule which ended in 1997. It was played at a ceremonial lowering of the Governor's flag at Chris Patten's official residence, Government House in Central, on the last day of British rule.[5] Highland Cathedral is Patten's favourite pipe tune, as said by himself on a BBC Asia Today programme.[6] It is also a popular wedding song.



  1. ^ a b BBC SPORT | Rugby | Six Nations | Scots fans given anthem last updated 29 January 2004
  2. ^ Dinwoodie, Robbie (2006-03-24). "Do you know the tune to Highland Cathedral?". HeraldScotland. Archived from the original on 2010-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Will Scotland ever have a national anthem?". BBC. Retrieved 21 September 2012
  4. ^ "Spirit of the Glen". Allmusic.
  5. ^ Last Post & Highland Cathedral - Flag Lowering Ceremony at Government House, Hong Kong
  6. ^ The Governor's Last Farewell

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