London Cut ‘C’ Grade and Amateur Contests from this Year’s Event

The Scottish Piping Society of London’s President Andrew Hall: Saturday November 3rd 2018 marks the 79th Annual Competition of the Scottish Piping Society of London.

The SPSL Committee has been very active over the last few months in planning for this year’s Annual Competition and is delighted to announce that entries are now open, via the refreshed SPSL website: www.scottishpipingsocietyoflondon.co.uk

London Champion for 2017 Bruce Gandy, Nova Scotia

Last year was one of our largest annual competitions, where we welcomed nearly 130 competitors to Kensington Town Hall.  This year, the committee has been working hard to consider best use of the venue in response to competitor feedback and in light of changing funding circumstances.  We have decided to reduce the number of events at this year’s Annual Competition, a decision taken to safeguard the long-term sustainability of the annual London competition and ensure an enjoyable experience for competitors.

Andrew Hall, President of the Scottish Piping Society of London

Regrettably, this year we will not be offering events for either the ‘C’ grade or the amateur level.  Other events are largely unchanged but please consider the notice for entries carefully. The process for entries is strictly via the refreshed SPSL website. We look forward to receiving your entries and welcoming you to London in November. If you have queries related to the competition, please get in touch: info@scottishpipingsocietyoflondon.co.uk

Finlay Johnston receives the London Medallion MSR Trophy for 2017

To keep up-to-date with competition updates, please consider following the SPSL on Social Media: Facebook @ScottishPipingSocietyOfLondon ; Twitter @LondonPiping / #spsl2018



Notice for Entries to the Annual London Competition
Date: Saturday November 3rd 2018
Venue: Kensington Conference Centre, London
Closing date for entries: September 30th 2018.

Premier grade events
Event 1. Piobaireachd:  Am Bratach Gorm (7 tunes to be submitted with entry.)

Event 2. Piobaireachd:  William Gillies Cup (6 tunes to be submitted with entry.)  (NB: The Gillies Cup is also open to A grade pipers.)

Event 3. MSR: London Medallion & John MacFadyen Quaich (6 of each tune to be submitted with entry, TWO of each to be played. NB: please refer to Entry Criteria 5 below.)

Darach Urquhart winner of the Strachan Memorial Trophy last year. Darach now qualifies for the London Medallion MSR

Event 4. March: PM JB Robertson Silver Rose Bowl (NB: This event will revert to a previous format and will be judged concurrently with Event 3, MSR. Please note that the P/M JB Robertson March competition result does NOT contribute to the overall prize.)

Event 5. Hornpipe & Jig: Mary Flora Beaton Cup (3 of each to be submitted with entry.)

A & B+ graded events (NB: ref entry criteria 6 below)
Event 6. Piobaireachd:  RG Lawrie Rams Horn Snuff Mull (6 tunes to be submitted with entry.)  (NB: this event will be judged concurrently with Event Two, The Gillies Cup.) 

Event 7. MSR:  Strachan Memorial (4 tunes to be submitted with entry.)

Event 8. Hornpipe & Jig:  Donald Forbes Medal  (Own choice to be submitted with entry.)

B grade events (NB: ref entry criteria 6 below)
Event 9. Piobaireachd:  John Roe Plate (4 tunes to be submitted with entry)

Event 10. MSR:  London Scottish Hodden Grey Trophy (3 tunes to be submitted with entry)

Event 11. Hornpipe & Jig:  Hugh MacMillan Trophy (Own choice to be submitted with entry.)

Juvenile events
Event 12. Piobaireachd: (Own choice on the day.)

Event 13. MSR:  British Airways Pipe Band Trophy (Own choice on the day.)

Event 14. Slow Air & Jig:  Highlands & Islands Society Trophy (Own choice on the day.)

• Check out last year’s London results here.


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