Piping Organiser James Graham has sent this: ‘I would be extremely grateful if you would circulate this information (English and Gaelic), attached, to as many of your contacts within the piping scene.
‘The Royal National Mòd takes place in the this year from 13th – 21th October 2017, with the piping competitions taking place on Saturday 14th October 2017 in Lochaber High School, Fort William.
‘Entries for both junior and senior competitions must be submitted by Friday 7th July 2017 and can be done online, please see the attached information for further details. An entry form is also attached.
‘If you have any queries regarding the piping competitions or wish to lend you support to the event or be involved in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
‘For any further information, please visit www.ancomunn.co.uk and our Facebook page facebook.com/royalnationalmod. Leis gach deagh dhùrachd.’
The Mòd will return to Lochaber for the first time since 2007 with junior and senior piping competitions taking place at Lochaber High School on Saturday 14th October 2017.
Pipe Major Moira Robertson of the Lochaber Pipe Band, and member of the Mòd local organising committee said, ‘We very much look forward to hosting the Mòd piping competitions at this year’s National Mòd. Lochaber has a great piping tradition and there is a wealth of talented young pipers throughout the area.’
Both senior and junior entries for any piping competitions must be submitted to An Comunn Gàidhealach by Friday 7th July 2017 and entries can be submitted online at: http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/entryform. An entry form can also be downloaded from the website and entered by post. Details about the competitions themselves can be found by downloading the syllabus at: http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/rules.
Please note that junior competitions C108 (March) and C19 (Strathspey & Reel), previously for 13-15 years, are now open exclusively to U15. Competitions C130 (MSR) and C131 (Jig), previously 16-18, are now open exclusively to U19. Junior competitors are also reminded of the open junior Pìobaireachd own choice competition for under-19’s. There is also the addition of a new competition for the playing of a slow air for U13 chanter players.
The Royal National Mòd takes place in Lochaber between 13th and 21st October 2017.