The Centro Gallego de Madrid (Galician Centre of Madrid) saw the birth of the Lume de Biqueira Pipe Band in 1998. By then, a small group of bag-pipers and percussionists set the foundations of what today has become one of the most solid performing bands and schools in Spain according to its quality, number of performances and the range and originality of its repertoire.
After performing at a local level during the band’s first years, the whole band members’ enthusiasm and devotion finally led to the band’s take-off and their first major gigs and success: Dublin’s Saint Patrick’s Festival in 2003, 2004 and 2010 (Best Overall Band 2003, Spirit of Parade 2004, Best Adult Band 2010); Festival de Béziers (France, 2002); Festival de Montbrison (France, 2003); Festivale di Agrigento (Sicily, Italy, 2010); performing with The Chieftains (Valladolid, Spain, 2005); performing with Carlos Núñez in numerous occasions … Apart from festivals, the band has been invited to perform for various official authorities or figures, such as: Their Majesties the Monarchs of Spain, His Holiness The Pope John Paul II and various Spanish ministers and mayors…In addition to the above, the band has also performed on TV, most remarkably in a tribute to internationally renowned Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
The band has also featured in Milos Forman’s film Goya’s Ghosts (2008) as the Scottish pipe band.
Last but not least, it’s only fair to mention the person behind the bands success: its director Darío Nogueira, bagpipe master educated at the Real Banda de Gaitas de la Diputación de Orense (The Royal Pipe Band of the Council of Orense). His musical and instrumental skills, his contagious confidence, his directive style and love for improvisation and his close and friendly relationship with the other band members have been instrumental in achieving the goals set by the band.