Aboyne Games Announce More Details of 2020 Competitions

By Ian McLaren Below are details issued on behalf of Aboyne Highland Games about its decision to move some of its piping competitions online this year following the event’s cancellation due to COVID-19.  Aboyne is believed to be the first Highland games in Scotland to introduce virtual piping competitions this year, a move that will provide solo pipers with a platform to play competitively.  Demand from pipers led to the number of…

Tales from the Circle….A Pipe Band Adjudicator’s Reminiscences

Around 2004 there was concern among some members of the RSPBA Adjudicators’ Panel about the positioning of adjudicator tents.  The main concerns were about placing them in a position which would reduce the amount of time necessary to walk to and from the tent, and thus maximise the limited time available for completion of critique sheets.  There were also concerns about more than one adjudicator being in each tent to…

P/M Niall Matheson’s New Tune for the 51st Highland Division

It seems that with this fallow period in piping and pipe band competition, when participants are stuck at home, capable pipers with fertile minds have made good use of the time and turned to composition. The results are that we have many new piping pieces for us to study and play.    By Duncan Watson Some old tunes have certainly stood the test of time and doubtless some of the new ones will…

CPA Online Competition 2020 Results

The Competing Pipers’ Association have sent this: The results of the C grade round of the CPA Online Competition are as follows: C Grade Piobaireachd – 40 competed1st – Bradley Parker2nd – Scott Armstrong3rd – Chris Gray4th – Luke Kennedy5th – Brodie Watson-MasseyJudges: Patricia Henderson & Bob Worrall C Grade MSR – 47 competed1st – Bradley Parker 2nd – Luke Kennedy 3rd -AlexGehrig 4th – Teddy Krogh 5th – Andrew…

Update on the Online Competitions at Aboyne/ Strathallan Teaching Forum

Dr Jack Taylor reports on Aboyne Highland Games’ innovative solo piping competition: ‘An excellent response; 32 entries. There has been one withdrawal so I am offering that place on a first come first served basis. Anybody wanting it should let me know ASAP on jackandmarytaylor@gmail.com or text 07999955386. Then complete and send the entry form https://forms.gle/noPNNJPjAboPXRYH7 – six piobaireachd, three MSRs. ‘The entries are split 2:1 UK/US, the field is high quality, so the…