Bonnybridge’s Amy tunes up for piping China visit

Piper Amy Low (18) who is going to China to play at the country's biggest theme park
Piper Amy Low (18) who is going to China to play at the country's biggest theme park

A young piper has swapped life in sleepy Bonnybridge for the bustle of one of China’s biggest cities after landing a new job.

Amy Low will be paid to showcase her musical talent at Chime-Long Paradise amusement park in Guangzhou, offering visitors an authentic taste of traditional Scots music.

The 18-year-old flew out to the city in southern China on Sunday.

If she completes a month’s trial she will earn a six-month contract at the gigantic tourist resort, which attracts around 50,000 visitors at peak times.

She’ll play alongside two other Scots pipers – one of whom tipped her off about the job.

Amy, a former member of Camelon Pipe Band, said: “I’m excited – it’s not really sunk in yet that I’m going.

“Tony Collins, a piper I had met on tour, was working there and knew they were advertising for new people to join him.”

Amy began playing the bagpipes at the age of eight, taking inspiration from her older brother Andrew.

When not studying at Glasgow Kelvin College, Amy works part-time as a music tutor with Falkirk Council.

The piper hit the headlines in 2010 when, aged 13, she travelled to Poland on her first piping trip abroad – only to have to consider returning home when she became homesick.

Much to her surprise –and delight – her brother made the trip from Scotland to offer her a hug and some reassurance.

Amy said: “I’ve been abroad several times now – I think I’m over the homesickness.”