Details of the Bratach Gorm and London Championship for 2021 Announced

Presale tickets, players and judges for the prestigious Bratach Gorm piobaireachd competition on the Friday night of this year’s London Competition are summarised as follows, writes Stephanie Supranowicz.

The Scottish Piping Society of London is delighted to open ticket registration for the Bratach which is to be held on Friday 5th November 2021. They are available now via the SPSL website at 

This year’s competition sees a healthy entry of 11 of the world’s top solo pipers competing for the historic ‘blue banner’:

1. John-Angus Smith
2. Alasdair Henderson
3. Roderick MacLeod
4. Fred Morrison
5. William McCallum
6. Iain Speirs
7. Bruce Gandy
8. Glenn Brown
9. Callum Beaumont
10. Finlay Johnston
11. Peter McCalister

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Pipers will compete in the order presented above, playing one of seven submitted piobaireachd as selected by the adjudicators. The adjudication panel will consist of Alan Forbes, Ian Duncan and Stuart Samson.

Join the SPSL from 5pm at The Caledonian Club in your Highland dress for an evening of world-class bagpiping with Euan Anderson as the Fear-an-Tighe. Playing is to commence at 6pm in the Morrison Room, with drinks available in the library until 11pm (please do not enter the Morrison Room while playing is in progress).

The event is anticipated to have a small break in the middle and conclude following adjudicator’s deliberations, with a short prizegiving to announce the competition winner.

Map and shots from inside the plush venue:

Whilst tickets for Saturday are available online and for purchase at the door on the day of the competition, tickets for the Bratach are limited and must be purchased in advance using the online booking form.

You will receive a confirmation email that you should bring to the venue in order to be issued with your ticket/s.

  • Friday Evening Ticket – SPSL Bratach Gorm 2021 £15
  • Two-day Ticket – SPSL Annual Competition 2021 £25
  • Saturday Ticket – SPSL Annual Competition 2021 £15

All tickets include a printed copy of the SPSL Annual Competition 2021 event programme. You can collect this upon receiving your tickets at the venue.

The committee has regrettably decided not to have a live stream this year due to many untested factors, however is committed to exploring the viability for future events in meeting the needs of our membership base and wider piping community. 

For updates throughout the event, consider following SPSL on Facebook and Twitter where snippets from the day will be shared. 

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