Copenhagen is to host a solo piping and drumming competition this March which boasts an impressive £1,000 prize for the aggregate winners of each instrument’s professional grade, says new Chairman, Bernard Bouhadana.
The Copenhagen Winter Competition, or the CWC for initiates, is a 30-year-old institution in the Danish and Scandinavian piping scene. Danish-born Bernard, Pipe Major of Balagan (Grade 2), continental Europe’s newest up-and-coming pipe band, is no stranger to effecting change in his native community and hopes to draw a more international crowd to the event.
In one of many steps taken to broaden the event’s appeal, the competition’s new board has landed sponsorship from MacCallum Bagpipes who have pledged some product prizes to complement the large cash prize pool. Judges for this year are (Piping) Michael Grey from canada and (Drumming) Stephen Creighton from Ireland.
It is expected that many pipers and drummers from the UK will make the journey to take to the boards in the Danish capital. Several low fare airlines travel there daily and the flight is a mere 1-1.30 hours long hence making it a more accessible venue for some than their more ‘local’ events.
The competition will take place on March 12th and 13th. Competitions are available for all levels of experience. For those interested in signing up, you can do so via the following website: www.copenhagenwintercompetition.comAddress: The Copenhagen Winter Competition Committee, Nytorv 3b, 8800 Viborg, Denmark; Phone +45 78791696; firstname.lastname@example.org
‘We have already attracted a lot of interest from many leading players,’ said Bernard, ‘and we hope many more will come over to compete. The CWC has been the most important institution in shaping my own piping career. I´m determined to pass this option on to the next generation of pipers and drummers.’
History: The Copenhagen Winter Competition (CWC) is probably the most renowned competition for Solo Piping and Drumming in northern continental Europe. The competition started in 1973 in connection with a workshop with P/M Angus MacDonald, arranged by to local pipe bands, The White Hackle Pipe Band and The Heather Pipes & Drums of Copenhagen.
Since the first competition, the number of entries and competition types has increased and developed to contain not only traditional piping and drumming solo competitions but also a Scandinavian tune competition as well as a quintet competition. CWC has since the beginning been influenced by the Scottish piping and drumming community, both from local residents, including P/M Robert L. Kilgour, MBE, Scots Guards and his brother George Kilgour, who made a significant contribution over the years, and from Scottish adjudicators who gave recitals, when coming to Copenhagen.
Bob has been judging one or more competitions for the first 30 years of CWC and among adjudicators giving memorable recitals are P/M John D. Burgess, L/D Alex Duthart, P/M Alasdair Gillies, L/D Jim Kilpatrick and Gordon Duncan.
CWC has regularly been visited by Belgian, Dutch, French, German, Scottish and Swiss competitors and CWC has over the years been an invaluable source of inspiration to the Scandinavian community, where several musicians from the Scandinavian community have risen from childhood participation at CWC to a professional level to pursue international musical goals.
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