Finlay Johnston Recital/ South East Asia Report

Finlay Johnston is in recital in Aberdeen next Friday, June 21. The event is being promoted by the city’s piping society.

President Fraser Maitland said: ‘The evening will feature not just one of the world’s top pipers, but fantastic raffle prizes including an ES Session practice chanter.’

The venue is the Gordon Highlanders Museum, Viewfield Rd, Aberdeen AB15 7XH, and the start time is 7pm. Local piper Lewis Stewart, Aberdeen, will be supporting Finlay.

The venue holds 60 and tickets are selling quickly. Get yours here.

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Bang in Penang

Scott Nicholson reports from south-east Asia… This year Penang, Malaysia, hosted the Southeast Asian Solo & Pipe Band Championships, dubbed the ‘Bang in Penang’. Taking place within the historic grounds of St. Xavier’s Institution in Georgetown, this event marked a departure from its usual location in Singapore, as organisers sought to broaden its reach across Asia.

Competitors hailing from Singapore, Australia, and Malaysia vied for the coveted Southeast Asian championship title.

The weekend began with solo piping and drumming on the Saturday, setting the stage for a street march through Penang featuring all participating pipe bands, including a unique composite band formed from all the solo competitors.

Sunday saw the eagerly awaited pipe band competition. Following this pipe majors, drum sergeants, and tutors were invited to a comprehensive Q&A session with the three adjudicators aimed at demystifying adjudication sheets and offering advice.

A special thanks to sponsors Ronnie Hien Bagpipes, Wallace Bagpipes, St Kilda Retail – Australia, Highland Supplies Singapore.

SE Asian Champions Sri Dasmesh

14 & U 4 part 2/4 March: 1 S Coffey 2 J Tok Zhi Fan; 16 & U: 1 J Tok Zhi Fan 2 S Coffey 3 J Banks
18 & U MSR: 1 S Coffey 2 J Banks 3 C Ng Thiam Hong; Open MSR: 1 J Li 2 A Singh 3 D Ng; Open H&J: 1 J Li 2 A Singh 3 J Singh; Open Piob.: 1 J Li, Nameless dro o dro 2 YC Ong, Cabar Feidh gu Bragh 3 S Coffey, Company’s Lament; Judges: S Nicholson, S Young

Juv. March: 1 Vajiravudh (Thailand); Juv. Medley: 1 Vajiravudh; Open B March: 1 McNally Memorial (Malaysia); Open B Medley: 1 McNally Memorial; Open A MSR: 1 Sri Dasmesh (Malaysia) (1, 1, 1) 2 Rockingham City (Australia) (2, 2, 2) 3 Kuala Lumpur P&D (Malaysia) (3, 3, 4) 4 St John’s Alumni (Malaysia) (4, 5, 3) 5 Malaysian Pipe Band Club (5, 4, 5); Open A Medley: 1 Sri Dasmesh (Malaysia) (1, 1, 1) 2 Rockingham City (Australia) (2, 2, 2) 3 Kuala Lumpur P&D (Malaysia) (3, 4, 3) 4 St John’s Alumni (Malaysia) (4, 3, 4) 5 Malaysian Pipe Band Club (5, 5, 5); Street March: Sri Dasmesh; Drummers Fanfare: 1 Sri Dasmesh 2 Rockingham City
Adjudicators: Piping – S Young, Drumming – A Wallace, Ensemble – S Nicolson

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