All piping eyes look north this week with the Northern Meeting taking place in Inverness. Follow pipingpress.com for all news, comment and results – the only website to offer this comprehensive service.
Here’s how the NM website explains the competition set up: ‘The Senior piping competitions comprise three piobaireachd competitions; the Clasp, the Gold Medal and the Silver Medal and five light music competitions; the Former Winners March, Strathspey and Reel, the “A” grade March, Strathspey and Reel, the “B” grade March, Strathspey and Reel and the “A” grade Hornpipe and Jig (which is open to those selected to play in the “A” grade light music competition and above) and the “B” grade Hornpipe and Jig (which is open to those selected to play in the “B” grade light music competition).’
The main sponsors of these piping competitions are: The Northern Meeting Piping Trust; The Highland Society of London. Generous support is also obtained from The Piobaireachd Society; The Highlanders Museum; John Dewar & Sons, Distillers; Duncan Chisholm & Sons, Kiltmakers; The Highland Council Inverness Common Good Fund; The Competing Pipers’ Association; J Nicol Manson, Waterside Hotel, Inverness; The Royal Celtic Society and numerous other kind contributors.
A number of trophies have been donated over the years, the most prestigious of which is the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal. Other prizes include the Rothiemurchus Trophy, the Colin C Drummond Memorial Trophy, Mrs Macdonald of Craigniche Trophy, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star both presented by the Royal Scottish Piper’s Society and the Competing Piper’s Association Silver Medal.
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