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The World Championship dispute of 1947

By Jeannie Campbell

Bowhill Colliery Pipe Band, 1947

Bowhill Colliery Pipe Band, 1947

Last weekend’s World Pipe Band Championships saw 219 bands from all over the world descend on Glasgow Green to battle it out over the eight band categories. The competition was the 70th anniversary of the year when two World Championship competitions were held. There could still be people who remember that year, perhaps playing as a young piper or drummer or attending as a child. The background was that no competitions had been held during the years of the Second World War but the World Championship resumed in 1946. The Glasgow Police under Pipe Major John MacDonald had won the World Championship in 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939 and continued its winning run with another World Championship win in 1946, making a record five in a row.

All would have been set for the Championships to continue as before but the founding of the Edinburgh Festival in 1947 intervened and someone suggested that the World Pipe Band Championship could be held in Edinburgh during the Festival. This would have been an excellent idea, but depriving Cowal of a championship which had been running since 1906 was not a good plan and one can understand how the Cowal Committee must have felt. In view of the success of the Edinburgh Tattoo (founded in 1950) which plays to sell out crowds and attracts a television audience of millions worldwide, one wonders if the Worlds could have developed into an event like this. One wonders, too, if it is mere coincidence that the Tattoo often seems to have been shown on television on the last Saturday in August, Cowal Games day.

Pipe Major John MacDonald of the Glasgow Police Pipe Band. Cowal, 1946.

The legendary Pipe Major John MacDonald of the Glasgow Police Pipe Band. This photograph was taken at Cowal in 1946.

The story of the dispute can be read in the pages of the Oban Times and does not require any further explanation. The bodies involved at first were the Edinburgh Town Council, the Cowal Gathering Committee and the Pipe Band Association. Later the Glasgow Council became involved as mediators. The first report appeared in the Oban Times on 8th February, 1947: "Last week the General Purposes Committee of Edinburgh Town Council agreed to make efforts to have the World Pipe Band Championship held at Edinburgh during the International Festival instead of at the Cowal Gathering at Dunoon. Treasurer James Miller commented, 'We will never get it away from Cowal.'" Next morning the Glasgow Herald reported the comments of Mr Hugh Matheson Secretary of the Cowal Games Committee. “The World Pipe Band Contest will be held in Dunoon this year,” he said. “The contest was inaugurated in 1906 and it will never be moved from Dunoon. Competitors and Associations from abroad would never recognise any other centre but Dunoon as the scene of the contest, although there is nothing to prevent other contests being advertised as World Championships.”

More followed on 3rd May under the heading, ‘World Pipe Band Championship. Edinburgh v Cowal.’ "Edinburgh is going to hold the World Pipe Band Championship and so is Cowal. This unfortunate position has been created by a decision of the Scottish Pipe Band Association to change the venue of the Championship from Cowal to Edinburgh, while the Cowal Highland Gathering Committee which holds the trophies is not going to hand these over and is going ahead with its arrangements to hold the Championship where it has been held for 40 years. A sub-committee of the General Purposes Committee of Edinburgh Town Council reported to their committee that they had met representatives of the Scottish Pipe Band Association who stated that they had by a large majority agreed to change the venue of the Championship from Cowal. It was pointed out that the Association which represented over 130 Scottish Pipe Bands had decided that if Cowal held a contest it would not be officially recognised. The Cowal Committee

"The Cowal Committee having stated that they did not intend to hand over their trophies for the Association’s competition it was suggested that suitable cups might be provided by various cities holding the contests. The Committee approved of a recommendation that the Corporation guarantee the Association against loss up to £500 on the understanding that the Association were responsible for the administration and management of the contest and met the whole expenses including prize money and fares of bands. In the event of gate drawings exceeding the expenses the Corporation would receive 20% of the net profits.The Edinburgh Championships will be held during the International Festival of Music and Drama in August and September. The Cowal Committee have written to each of the bands pointing out that the Championships have been held at Cowal since 1906 and that they were not consulted about the proposed change of venue. They have no desire to oppose the Scottish Pipe Band Association in any matter but they have no intention of foregoing a championship recognised not only in Britain but in the Empire and America."

"The Edinburgh Championships will be held during the International Festival of Music and Drama in August and September. The Cowal Committee have written to each of the bands pointing out that the Championships have been held at Cowal since 1906 and that they were not consulted about the proposed change of venue. They have no desire to oppose the Scottish Pipe Band Association in any matter but they have no intention of foregoing a championship recognised not only in Britain but in the Empire and America."

The Glasgow Police Pipe Band in 1949. The band won the Worlds that year.

The next report came on 10th May. "The clash between Edinburgh and Cowal as the rival venues for the World Pipe Band Championships was before the town council last week when it was unanimously agreed to proceed with the event in accordance with the decision of the Scottish Pipe Band Association." The General Purposes Committee of the Town Council had before them at a meeting earlier in the day a letter from the Cowal Highland Gathering Committee which stated that permission had been received from the Pipe Band Association to proceed with the Cowal contest provided it was not regarded as the Worlds Championship. The letter went on to say that the Cowal Committee were proceeding with their contests (including the Worlds Championship) as formerly. A great disservice, it stated, was being done to piping and pipe band contests by Edinburgh and that to promote two pipe band championships in Scotland in one year was grotesque. Councillor William Campbell who seconded the motion to proceed with the contest said Council officials were under the erroneous impression that Edinburgh had been responsible for the promotion. 'The Pipe Band Association approached us,' he said '“and we are only giving them the facilities.' A statement by the way which hardly squares with the decision to guarantee the Association against loss up to £500 on certain conditions and to take a share of any surplus."

The paper on 7th June continued the story: ‘Piping Championship. The Scottish Pipe Band Association are to meet in Edinburgh on June 15th to discuss the question of changing the venue of the World Championship Contest from Dunoon to Edinburgh “in view of the intense dissatisfaction which has been created following the decision at the Annual General Meeting.” It is proposed that an endeavour should be made to reach a settlement which would be acceptable to the parties concerned, the Scottish Pipe Band Association, the Cowal Committee and the Edinburgh Town Council.’

On 14th June the story continued, ‘A number of Scottish pipe bands, mostly in the west of Scotland, have protested. They include Glasgow Shepherds, Glasgow Corporation Cleansing, W.F.S., Renfrew, Clan Fraser, Johnstone, City of Glasgow Police, Mechan’s Ltd., Glasgow Corporation Transport and Caber Feidh and it is their representatives who have requested that a Special General Meeting of all bands in the Association be held for the following purposes: To consider the decision to transfer the venue for the World Championship from Cowal to Edinburgh. To reach an amicable settlement between the three parties concerned, the Scottish Pipe Band Association, the Cowal Committee and the Edinburgh Town Council.' The Association issued a circular saying it claimed the right and power to determine what kind of contest and where and when it should be held. Cowal stated they were going ahead with the contest and the Association said they were not issuing a permit to Cowal.

Hector MacNeill

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sir Hector MacNeill. He tried to mediate between the SPBA and Cowal.

The next report was on 21st June. "Special General Meeting Report. This was a turbulent meeting lasting two and three quarter hours. 114 bands were present out of a total of 147. 82 voted for Edinburgh and 14 for Cowal. It was said that this decision was asking Cowal to commit suicide. The profits from the contest would now go to the Association and not to Cowal. Bands going to Cowal would be liable to suspension."

Then on 13th September the Oban Times reported that, "The Cowal Contest was held on 30th August. Ten bands had defied the ban. The result of the Championship was 1. Glasgow Police, 2. 91 PTC, 3. Dunoon Ballochyle, 4. Tullibody, 5. Campbeltown." As the Glasgow Police band had won the World Championship five times in succession, and had now won again at Cowal in 1947 this would make a run of six in a row if 1947 was counted as a World Championship.

The Edinburgh contest was held on 6th September and 85 bands played. The competition for the World Championship was not confined to Grade One bands but open to all except that the bands which had played at Cowal were not included. Twenty six bands entered. The winners were Bowhill Colliery under Pipe Major Christopher Sutherland. In second place were Clan MacRae Society, 3rd Bonhill Parish, 4th Clan Fraser and 5th City of Dundee. The other bands in the open event were Pumpherston, Renfrew, Michael Colliery, Shotts and Dykehead, Edinburgh Corporation Transport, Lowland Brigade Training Centre, Edinburgh Special Constabulary, Edinburgh Police, Highland Brigade Training Centre, Newtongrange Lothian, Clan MacKenzie, Dalzell Highland, Rutherglen, National Fire Service, Muirhead and Sons Ltd., MacLeod (Dundee), MacKenzie (Dundee), Lochore and Crosshill, Airdrie Highland, Glasgow Shepherds, Glasgow Corporation Transport.

The dispute continued bitterly into the following year. The Oban Times in early 1948 reported, "This year again it appears that the World Pipe Band Championship is to be decided at Murrayfield, Edinburgh. At least Mr R. C. Whitelaw, president of the Scottish Pipe Band Association told me when I met him on Saturday evening that the Executive Committee were putting that recommendation forward at the annual general meeting on February 28 and he expects it will be adopted."

The next report stated, "Any hopes of the dispute between the Scottish Pipe Band Association and the Cowal Games Committee being brought to an early end were destroyed at the annual general meeting of the Association in Glasgow on Saturday when it was agreed to again hold the World Championship contest at Murrayfield, Edinburgh on August 28. Referring to the dispute with the Cowal Games Committee Mr R. C. Whitelaw, who relinquished the presidency to undertake the office of secretary, criticised the committee for their treatment of pipe bands. At the forthcoming meeting to be held between the Association and the Committee Mr Whitelaw said the latter body had made it a condition that bands and bandsmen who were suspended for taking part in the Dunoon Games should be re-instated. That was a matter, however, for the Association to decide, not for any outside promoting body. In reply to a question Mr Whitelaw said that the executive had suspended not only the bands but the individual members of the bands who took part in the Dunoon games. It was not for the Association to approach those bands or their members. The approach would have to come from them and each application would be considered on its merit." Another statement followed:

Another statement followed:

"The Scottish Pipe Band Association is not prepared to make any concessions to the Cowal Committee in the dispute which has been going on between the two bodies since last year. This was stated at a meeting of the Cowal Games Committee held in Dunoon last night when it was decided to go ahead with the pipe band contests in the 1948 Cowal Games the same as 1947. After intimating this decision, Mr Hugh Matheson joint secretary of the committee made the following statement:-

The Cowal Games Committee to-night considered the report of the deputation which met the Scottish Pipe Band Association on Friday of last week. On 24th October 1947 the Cowal Games Committee put the following proposals to the Pipe Band Association:

1. That membership of the SPBA should not be refused to any band for the sole reason it had competed at Cowal in 1947 and the suspension of these bands which did compete should be uplifted by the SPBA at a date to be agreed, say December 31 1947. Answer by the Association - Rejected.

2. That the Cowal Committee would run their general contests under the rules of the SPBA except that insofar as such rules might be varied by local rules applying to Cowal only and previously approved by the SPBA. Answer by the Association - Rejected.

3. That while all other contests are confined to member of the SPBA, Cowal be permitted to run an open championship, which should be open to all interested whether members of the SPBA or not and no matter from where they come. Answer by the Association - Rejected.

4. That Cowal should be allowed to run a Territorial and Army contest, although these bands may not become members of the SPBA. Answer by the Association - Rejected.

5. That all juvenile bands be permitted to compete in juvenile contests at Cowal as at present, whether they are members of the SPBA or not. Answer by the Association - Rejected.

6. That Cowal shall, as formerly, do all they can to encourage all bands to join the SPBA. Answer by the Association - Accepted.

Mr Matheson continued by saying, “The Cowal Committee consider they have gone a long way towards compromise with the SPBA but the Association is not prepared to make any concessions to the Cowal Committee, which has organised pipe band contests since 1906, and which has done more than any other committee in Scotland to further progress of pipe band music. It should be noted that while the proposals were made to the Association on October 24 last, the Committee did not receive the Association’s answer until last week. In view of the fact that the Cowal Highland Games is being held on August 28 this year and the Pipe Band Association are holding their contest on the same date, the Association was asked in the event of Cowal applying for a permit would they be given one for August 28, and the answer was they would not, as that date had already been allocated.”

Cowal Gathering, 1947. Massed Bands.

Cowal Gathering, 1947. Massed Bands.

But the plans for an Edinburgh contest were not going smoothly, as the Oban Times informed their readers, ‘Because the Scottish Rugby Union “are anxious to preserve the turf at Murrayfield international ground,” the world pipe band championship will not be held in the Capital this year, but will be staged at Helenvale Park, Glasgow, on August 28. Despite the intervention of Lord Provost Andrew Murray, Edinburgh’s “Festival-minded” civic leader, the Scottish Rugby Union has not budged from their decision. Mr R. C. Whitelaw, secretary of the Scottish Pipe Band Association, said in an interview in Edinburgh today that it was quite understandable that the SRU had refused for these reasons. “But,” he added thoughtfully, “the ground has been let for the Edinburgh Highland Games the following Saturday, and will before that have been used by the British Legion some time in July. “I think Edinburgh has slept badly here,” Mr Whitelaw said. He cited last year’s 34,000 attendance figures and £1000 profit. Mr H M Simson, SRU secretary, said that the ground had been given out a lot of late and explained that the grass would have to be given a chance to grow. Murrayfield was granted free last year to the SPBA who are powerless now to stop this “flit” to the western stronghold of the “rebel” pipe band movement.’

Eventually, the Oban Times reported that, "Pipers’ War Ends on the Right Note. An amicable settlement has ended the pipers’ war. This year there will be only one world pipe band championship – in Glasgow on September 4, under the auspices of the Scottish Pipe Band Association. Dunoon Highland Gathering Association, the other party in the year-long feud over the right to stage the world event, have waived their claim. Their pipe band contest on August 28 will be for the Cowal championship instead of the World title. This announcement followed a special meeting yesterday of the SPBA executive Committee, called to consider the agreement worked out at the 'peace-talk' in Glasgow on Thursday with Lord Provost Sir Hector McNeill in the role of mediator. At the conference the Cowal side had offered to stand down, provided the date of the world championship did not clash with the Gathering. Last year the rivals staged world championships simultaneously in Edinburgh and Dunoon, And Glasgow Police Band defied the Association ban on their members competing at Cowal. Accepting the terms the Association executive agreed yesterday that “the whole incident be considered officially closed.” Giving out the news Mr R. C. Whitelaw, the secretary said: “The long-drawn-out horrible battle has ended.” He added that it was the Association’s desire to get back into membership the bands at present outwith their organisation. The SPBA would give the Cowal Championship every support – and hoped that the Cowal people would do the same for them."

Scotsoun Showground,1929.

Scotsoun Showground,1929.

The World Championship 1948 was held at Scotstoun Showground in Glasgow on 4th September and was won by Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia under Pipe Major Tom McAllister senior. Glasgow Police was second, followed by Airdrie Highland, Bonhill Parish and Rutherglen taking the other prizes. There were 25 bands in the World Championship event and another 45 in other grades.

The World Championship did return to Edinburgh again in 1949 when the Glasgow Police were the winners but in the following years moved to a different location each year, with Edinburgh hosting the championship three more time before it settled in Glasgow in 1983.

So what were the final outcomes? The Glasgow Police were deprived of a possible run of six in a row; Bowhill Colliery achieved immortality as the first SPBA World Champions; as late as the 1960s and 70s there were still band members saying Cowal was the real Worlds and preferring to go there rather than the official worlds; World title winners 1906 to 1947 are not recognised as such by the Pipe Band Association; the relationship between the RSPBA and Cowal has continued to be an uneasy one; and finally, Edinburgh never got a pipe band competition during the Festival.

* If anyone has memories of either competition or knows any stories passed to them by others who were there we would like to hear from you. Email College@collegeofpiping.org

This article first appeared in the May 2017 Piping Times and is reproduced here with permission.

Scottish Pipers Association Juvenile Competition 19th September

spaAll competitions start at 1pm
Due to several competitors who have won or placed in other contests entering the 'B' Grade competition we have moved them to the 'A' Grade competition but have decided for this year only that all competitors can play own choice instead of entering 2 sets of tunes as per the rules. We will revert back to 'B' Grade for pipers who have not won or placed in a solo contest and 'A' Grade for everyone who has won or placed in a solo contest and competitors will have to submit 2 tunes for each contest for the judges to select as per our published rules.

Hugh Anderson
Vice President
Scottish Pipers Association

Draw

'A' Grade

Piobaireachd
1. Robbie Maclsaac
2. Brodie Watson-Massey
3. Christopher Happs
4. Harry McLachlan
5. Luke Shearer
6. Luke Kennedy
7. Donald Stewart
8. Kyle Shead
9. John Campbell
10. Lewis Macleod
11. Connor Jardine
12. Holly Fredlander

March/Strathspey & Reel/Jig
1. John Campbell
2. James Forrest
3. Luke Kennedy
4. Brodie Watson-Massey
5. Hazel Wyte - march only
6. Holly Fredlander
7. Luke Shearer
8. Christina Shaw
9. Christopher Happs
10. Connor Jardine
11. Kyle Shead
12. Donald Stewart
13. Harry McLachlan
14. Lewis Macleod
15. Saul Sweeney
16. Robbie Maclsaac

'B' Grade

March Strathspey and Reel
1. Kyle Johnstone
2. Jack Smith
3. Robert Allen

hlcsilky3SCOTS GUARDS ASSOCIATION PIPERS BRANCH JUNIOR SOLO PIPING COMPETITION
To be held at ARMY SCHOOL OF PIPING Inchdewar House, Colinton Road by Redford Barracks, Edinburgh Saturday 21st November 2015 11am

Scots Guards Entry forms 2015

Competition A- March
(For competitors aged 11 and not yet 15 years on 21st November 2015
One 4 parted 2/4 March of own choice to commence 10am
1st Prize –Trophy and gift token
2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature
3rd Prize gift token and shield miniature
4th Prize gift token and shield miniature

Competition B- Strathspey and Reel
(For competitors aged 11 and not yet 15 Years on 21st November 2015
One 4-parted Strathspey and Reel of own choice to commence 10am
1st Prize Trophy, gift token
2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature
3rd Prize gift token and shield miniature
4th Prize gift token and shield miniature

Competition C - Piobaireachd
(For competitors aged 11 and not yet 15 Years on 21st November 2015)
One Piobaireachd of own choice to be submitted - commence 10am
1st Prize - trophy, gift token
2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature
3rd Prize gift token and shield miniature
4th Prize gift token and shield miniature

Competition D - March Strathspey and Reel
(For competitors aged 15 and not yet 18 on 21st November 2015
Two March Strathspey and Reel sets to be submitted - commence 10am
1st Trophy , gift token
2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature
2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature
4th Prize gift token and shield miniature

Competition E - Piobaireachd
(For competitors aged 15 and not yet 18 on 21st November 2015
Two tunes to be submitted commence 10am
1st Prize Trophy , gift token
2nd Prize gift token and shield miniature
3rd Prize gift token and shield miniature
4th Prize gift token and shield miniature

ENTRIES CLOSE 7th November 2015

PiobaireachdResults of the 16th Robert Burns Piping Contest 5th September 2015
Held in Dumfries Academy, Dumfries:
Supported by South
West Scotland Piping & Drumming Academy

Under 11 Years Chanter Contest
1st Angela Murray Cup ~ Findlay Baillie-Sanquhar
2nd Robert Burns Festival Cup ~ Molly Robertson - Dumfries
3nd Adam Frazer Shield ~ Billie Smith - Dumfries
4th Galabank Trophy ~ John Glendinning - Eastriggs

Under 14 Years Chanter Contest
1st Tom Holmes Cup ~ Charlie Stitt - Eastriggs
2nd Grierson Cup ~ Harry Wilkinson - Annan
3rd Ship Inn ~ Heather Thompson – Eastriggs
4th Arthur Higgins Memorial Shield ~ No award

Under 14 Years 4-parted March
1st The McBurnie Cup ~ Luke Kennedy – Strathaven
2nd Provost J Groom Shield ~ Christopher Happs – Gorebridge
3rd George McBurnie Shield ~ Mae Cranmer - Dumfries
4th David McKie Shield ~ Hazel Whyte - Larkhall
5th Tony Turner Cup ~ Euan Paterson - Sanquhar

Under 16 Years March, Strathspey & Reel
1st British Nuclear Fuels Cup ~ Christopher Happs - Gorebridge
2nd Gallovidian Cup ~ Kyle Currie - Dumfries
3rd John McQueen Trophy ~ Luke Kennedy – Strathaven
4th The Holywood Trust Trophy ~ Harry McGowan - Dumfries

Under 18 Years March, Strathspey & Reel
1st The PenmanTrophy ~ Connor Jardine - Airdrie
2nd Border Gathering Shield ~ Kyle Currie - Dumfries
3rd Lochar Cup ~ Callum Bertram – Greenlea
4th Brian Conchie Cup ~ Bethany Hanley - Dumfries

Under 18 years Hornpipe & Jig
1st Allan Baldwick Cup ~ James Costin – Maryport
2nd John Dowson Cup ~ Callum Bertram - Dumfries
3rd Callum Watson Shield ~ Bethany Hanley - Dumfries
4th Shirley Bell Cup ~ Christopher Happs - Gorebridge

Under 21 years Slow Air, Hornpipe & Jig
1st Russell Brown MP Cup ~ Connor Jardine - Airdrie
2nd Bradford Cup ~ James Costin - Maryport
3rd John Agnew MBE Cup ~ Callum Bertram - Greenlea
4th RMT Shield ~ Bethany Hanley - Dumfries

Under 21 years Piobaireachd
1st D & G Burns Trust Festival Cup ~ Connor Jardine – Airdrie
‘The Groat’ Kilberry Book
2nd D & G Burns Trust Festival Cup ~ 1 Bethany Hanley – Dumfries
‘Lament for Mary MacLeod@ Piobaireachd Society Book
3rd D & G Burns Trust Festival Cup 2 ~ Luke Kennedy – Strathaven
‘Struan Robertson’s Salute’ Kilberry Book
4th McCall of Brookfield Quaich ~ Mae Cranmer – Dumfries
‘Lament for Alistair Dearg MacDonnell of Glengarry Kilberry Book
5th Robison & Davidson Shield ~ Christopher Happs - Gorebridge
‘The MacFarlanes’ Gathering Kilberry Book

Judges:
1. P/M Ross McCrindle – ASBM&HD
2. SGT Andrew Reid - ASBM&HD

From the Army School of Bagpipe Music & Highland Drumming in Edinburgh
By kind permission of Senior Pipe Major Martin McDonald

Prizes were presented by Andy McCartney representing the South West Scotland Piping & Drumming Academy.
A total 45 competitors entered the Burns Piping Contest

spaScottish Pipers’ Association Annual Juvenile Piping Competition
Saturday 19th September 2015
The College of Piping, Otago St., Glasgow G12 8JH

  • The competition is open to all amateur juveniles who have never played in Open Professional Events
  • Entries will close on Friday 11th September

Entry Fee - £3.00 per event or £10 for all events.

Entries with payment should be sent to:-

M. Jeffrey, 145 Spateston Road, Johnstone. PA5 0SZ
Tel: 07815455286   Email: melissajeffrey96@yahoo.co.uk
Please make cheques payable to The Scottish Pipers’ Association.

Annual Juvenile Piping Contest Entry Form 2015

Shotts and Dykehead Junior Piping and Drumming Championship 2015

ShottsJuniorCompetition2015Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band is delighted to announce that our second Junior Piping and Drumming Championship will take place on 7 November 2015 at Calderhead High School. Youngsters will have the opportunity to compete in a range of events on chanter, pipes, snare sticks and pad, snare drum, tenor drum, and a new bass drum competition added this year.

The event is being organised in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, with the support of staff and students from Calderhead High School. The event continues to be supported by Pipes|Drums and other generous sponsors.

Competition Categories

Section A Chanter Age 18 and Under
Event 1: Slow Air
Event 2: March

Section B Piping Age 13 and Under
Event 3: 2/4 March
Event 3a: Strathspey and Reel

Section C Piping Age 15 and Under
Event 4: 2/4 March
Event 4a: Strathspey and Reel
Event 5*: Ground of Piobaireachd
*(Only for competitors not entered into Event 6)
Event 6: Piobaireachd

Section D Piping Age 18 and Under
Event 7: 2/4 March
Event 7a: Strathspey and Reel
Event 8: Piobaireachd

Section E Snare Stick and Pad Age 15 and Under
Event 9: March

Section F Snare Stick and Pad Age 18 and Under
Event 10: March

Section G Snare Drumming Age 15 and Under
Event 11*: 2/4 March
*(Only for competitors not entered into Event 12)
Event 12: March, Strathspey and Reel

Section H Snare Drumming Age 18 and Under
Event 13*: 2/4 March
*(Only for competitors not entered into Event 14)
Event 14: March, Strathspey and Reel

Section I Tenor Drumming Age 15 and Under
Event 15: March

Section J Tenor Drumming Age 18 and Under
Event 16: March, Strathspey and Reel

Section K Bass Drumming Age 18 and Under
Event 17: March

Please read the full rules for playing and entry requirements.

A version of the rules is available here for download.

Entries close on 19 October and the draw for competitors will be available the following week.

Single Entry Form

Band Entry Form

Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping Competition
incorporating
The Colin McCallum Memorial Open Jig Competition
Auchenharvie Academy, Stevenston, Saturday, 17th October 2015

Dear Friends of the Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping,
festivalofsolopipingCan I first of all thank you, on behalf of everyone involved with the Event, for your support over the years. We have continued to listen to what various people have said to us over the years, (Parents, Players and Judges), in an effort to improve your experience throughout our competition day.

For this coming year’s Event, (17th October 2015), we are slightly changing the format of the Piobaireachd Events - to embrace more players and even introduce new pipers to playing piobaireachd more regularly.

From 2015 we will be offering three piobaireachd categories :-

Event 15a - Novice, (15yrs and Under), playing a Ground and 1st variation;
Event 15b - Intermediate Junior, (15yrs and Under), playing a full piobaireachd, less than
15 minutes;
Event 15c - Intermediate Senior, (18yrs and Under), playing a full piobaireachd, less than 15 minutes, but having to submit two - for a judges choice.

The winner of Event 15a will only be allowed to enter this event for one year only, hoping, that if they wish to continue to play Piobaireachd, they will have progressed to a full piobaireachd for the following year.

A second innovation sees us inaugurate a slow air competition for the Chanter, which will be event 5b. This will be an open competition for all chanter entrants, who must play a slow air - 2 parts with repeats.
All other events offered by the Caledonian Piping Club, in their competition, will be as previous years.

Tuning Up

I am sure you will agree, that when we have a very full day’s piping, in seven different
competition arenas, management of time is essential.
Therefore, from this coming year, a maximum of two minutes tuning time, will be in operation in all competition arenas.
The time will start, after the competitor has passed all their details to the judges in the
competition arena. The Arena M.C.s will then alert the judges when the two minutes have expired.
Fees

All entry fees will be held at last year’s prices and entrance fees for all spectators will remain the same - for the seventh consecutive year !

Entry Forms

Info sheet 2015
Entry Form 2015

The closing date of the Event is - Friday, 11th September 2015. No late entries will be accepted after this date. I look forward to seeing you on the day and wish everyone a good season.

Gerard McClumpha
Caledonian Piping Club & Event Co-Ordinator

Rosneath & Clynder Highland Games

Rosneath & Clynder Highland Games

Sunday's Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering has been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions and flooding.

GamesCancelled2015Killin Highland Games, due to take place on Wednesday, 5th August 2015, has been cancelled due to very soft ground in Breadalbane Park.

A committee member said the games would not go ahead this year after checking the state of the park ground. Vehicles would not be safe to drive within the park and pedestrians could be left standing in mud, especially after recent upgrade work took place. It could also risk damaging the upgrade work that has been already completed.

Upgrade work to the Breadalbane Park, organised by Killin and Ardeonaig Trust, was significantly delayed past the original start date. The work was due to be completed well in advance of any large scale events to allow time for the work to settle. The schedule was also hampered due to reported bad weather over the winter time.

A post to KAT’s Facebook page described the work set backs as unfortunate: “KAT are sorry that the Highland Games are not able to go ahead this year due to the ground not being settled enough for vehicles. It is really unfortunate that the park wasn’t started in September as we had hoped and then further delayed by the weather in January. We have had a pretty wet winter, spring and summer which hasn’t helped either.”

The games committee are already planning ahead, with Wednesday 3rd August 2016 being set for next year’s games.

westside showWestside Agricultural Show 2015, Solo Piping Competition, Saturday 31st July 2015, Barvas Machair, Loch Street, Isle of Lewis, Gates open at 12noon.

Situated on the Barvas Machair unspoilt landscape we have the Westside Cattle Show running for the 33rd year - with various stalls and competitions for Cattle, Sheep, veg and fruit, knitting, Arts & crafts to heavy and sport events with a display from Highland dancers and pipe band - we also have a car and tractor show of various classics to Tea & coffee with a treat to taste our local baking, we also have an all day BBQ! Competitors free, Adults £5 and children £2

Piobaireachd, MSR, Jig and Hornpipe for all u-15, u-18 & Open categories.
Enter on field or in advance.
Open top prizes for 1st for Piobaireachd - £80 2nd £60 3rd £45
MSR - 1st £50 2nd £45 3rd £30
Jig & Hornpipe - 1st £50 2nd £45 3rd £30
overall winners in u-15 u-18 and Open have an overall trophy
Chanter, novice piping u15 & u-18 receive medals up to 3rd prize.

Contact: Ashley MacDonald
Phone: 07919101011
Email: ash_la@hotmail.co.uk