Highland Cathedral

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Highland Cathedral
Sorrenian Flag.jpg
Flag of the Sorrenian Federation
3rd Anthem of Sorrenian Flag.jpg Sorrenian Federation
Lyrics Kelly Brown & Voices of Scottish Rugby (slight change by Miles Pressland
Music 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 in 1982 for a Highland games held in Germany. It has been proposed as the Scottish national anthem to replace unofficial anthems Scotland the Brave and/or Flower of Scotland. 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. The song has been performed at numerous Scottish cultural events, including Scotland's Rugby Union games. 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. Highland Cathedral is Patten's favourite pipe tune, as said by himself on a BBC Asia Today programme. It is also a popular wedding song.

The anthem was chosen by Sorrenia as part of the Celtic cultural celebration period. After a close vote with Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Welsh National Anthem), it was chosen with popular support.


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Lyrics

Highland Cathedral is often played as an instrumental piece, however when sung, there are multiple variations of lyrics. Those used by the Sorrenian Federation officially is a variation of those used by "Kelly Brown & Voices of Scottish Rugby":

Sorrenia, my country and my land of birth
Highlands and islands to the Cathedral
Where'er I travel and where'er I roam
Highland Cathedral in my heart, my home
Celts unite all across the world
And let the home fires burn in your eyes
Listen now can you hear the call
For Sorrenia will you rise?

March as one to the pipes and drums
Stand up for the right, fight without fear
Strong and true in adversity
For Sorrenia will you cheer?