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Royal Irish Regiment gives concert in Belarus' Minsk

Bagpipers of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment talked with the Orchestra of the Armed Forces of Belarus in the language of... music! On 7 February, the British military performed at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in the center of Minsk.

Belarusian musicians have repeatedly been on tours in Northern Ireland.

Sergei Kostyuchenko, head of Belarusian Armed Forces' Exemplary Orchestra:
We maybe don't speak each other's languages that well, but the language of music is international, so musicians themselves feel comfortable and perfectly understand each other.

Musicians William McIlroy and Francis Strain arrived in Minsk last evening.

William McIlroy, bagpiper of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment:
We arrived in Minsk for the first time. It's cold here. In Ireland we now have plus six degrees.

Francis Strain, bagpiper of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment:
We heard about your military musicians, but personally met them only yesterday. It is very easy for us to communicate, very nice.

Pipers of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment are historically associated with Belarusians. During the Second World War, they fought together at the Battle of Monte Cassino. This is why the venue of the concert - WWII museum - is symbolic.

Fiona Gibb, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Belarus:
I know Belarusian soldiers also fought at Monte Cassino with our soldiers. So for me this is a particularly good symbol.

The bagpipes will also play at the Minsk International Book Fair at 1pm on February 8.

Royal Irish Regiment gives concert in Belarus' Minsk