Marion Horsburgh Wins Piobaireachd at Aboyne

August 7, 2011

She played Lament for Finlay. See Pipes|Drums for details.

Labour Weekend Silver Chanter Comp.: Entries Close 15 September

July 4, 2011

The Highland Piping Society of Canterbury state that:

Despite the events Christchurch has faced over recent times, the Silver Chanter competitions at Labour Weekend (October 22-23) are still going ahead. The venues for the competitions have come through safe and sound, judges have been confirmed, and everything is all set for another great weekend!

There will also be a recital on the friday night by international judge Bob Worrall of Canada. More details on this to follow.

As some of you may be aware, Labour weekend this year coincides with the Rugby World Cup finals. The committee are making sure that no events will clash with any RWC games, and a venue is being organised for competitors and supporters to watch these games.

We are looking forward to a great weekend and hope you can join us!

Click here for entry details.

Bob Worrall To Judge at Christchurch, Labour Weekend

June 29, 2011

The organisers of the Labour Weekend Silver Chanter competition have announced that the senior judge for the weekend will be Bob Worrall from Ontario (pictured). In addition to his judging duties Bob will be giving a recital.

The schedule will be out soon and the organisers assure me that the events will be timed so that they do not clash with Rugby world cup final match.

Watch this space.

Colin Craig Claidhmor & Celtic Inn Targe: Saturday 28 May Celtin Inn, Palmerston North

May 5, 2011

This event has a wonderful line-up, at an audience friendly venue. The Piobaireachd is held in the morning with the light music in the afternoon. The musicians are (in no particular order) Brendon Eade, Martin Frewen, Marion Horsburgh, Liam Kernaghan, Alasdair MacKenzie, Davey Welsh, Iain Robertson and William Rowe. I’d go to see any one of these players perform – it includes players who will be contenders at the big events in Scotland this year, the current CNP Gold Medallist, a top soloist from Scotland, a couple of our rising stars and the rest are top rate performers. It will be a treat.

To catch the Piobaireachd, the highlight of the event, starts at 9am on the 28th of May.

Wellington Pipers Club: Next Meeting Thursday 12 May

May 4, 2011

The next club night will be held, as usual, on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall Hansen St, Newtown, Wellington. It will feature Davey Welsh, a club member, who won the CNP Gold Medal.

If you are looking for an opportunity to have a tune in front of a sympathetic but critical audience, you are invited to contact John Hanning and advise him of which event you would like to present to the audience at the club night.

Richard Hawke Wins Clasp, Davey Welsh Gold & Ben Murray Silver

April 25, 2011

The CNP Clasp, Gold medal and Silver medal, the premier Piobaireachd held in NZ, was held over Easter.

Clasp: Stuart Easton 2nd, Brendon Eade 3rd & Jamie Hawke 4th.

Gold: Liam Kernaghan 2nd, Tom Glover 3rd.

Silver: Hayden Pullen 2nd, Donella May 3rd & Toma Noguchi 4th.

Wellington Pipers Club: Next Meeting this Thursday

April 10, 2011

Message from the Wellington Pipers Club.

A reminder of our next club night to be held as usual on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall Hansen St, Newtown, Wellington.

Next Club Night –  Thursday 14th April 2011 -”Prelude to Hastings.” We had some great piping at the last club night in March with tunes from Andrew Edwards, Gary Watt, Donella May,  Bruce Omundsen and Nigel Foster. Nigel played the ground of “His Father’s Lament for Donald MacKenzie” as a tribute to Alastair Munro and the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.

Our next club night will be focussed around those who are planning to compete at the Hawkes Bay Highland Games at Easter weekend. If you are looking for an opportunity to have a tune in front of a sympathetic but critical audience and put yourself in the right frame of mind for competing at Hastings, you are invited to contact John Hanning and advise him of which event you would like to present to the audience at the club night.

Hope to see you there. Ross Hanning, Secretary, Wellington Pipers Club.

Alastair Munro’s Funeral: Thursday 24 Feb

February 21, 2011

Alastair’s funeral has been confirmed as follows:

Thursday 24 February 2011, 1pm, St Andrews College Memorial Chapel, Papanui, Christchurch.

Note from the funeral director: Due to the earthquake the service cannot proceed at St Andrew’s College Chapel, but is now scheduled to be held tomorrow (Thursday) at our Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairakei Road, at 2.00pm.

Please note however that in Christchurch at the moment things change constantly. We will be reassessing tomorrow as the day goes by.

Messages of Condolence to:

Lamb and Hayward, Westpark Chapel 467 Wairakei Rd Burnside Christchurch 8053.

Update: Alastair Munro RIP

February 17, 2011

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Alastair Munro. He was a prominent New Zealand Piper in the 1960s & 70s, Chair of the CNP Music Committee for a number of years and generous sponsor of CNP activities. He was prominent in establishing and building the Bill Boyle Foundation. He will be missed. Personally I will miss his enthusiasm and generosity. I’m sure everyone who knew him passes on their condolences to his family and friends.

Updated Info. There is no news yet as to when and where Alastair’s funeral is. Messages of condolence can be sent to 4/20 Hewitts Road, Merivale, Christchurch.

Feel free to post comments and I will pass them on to Alastair’s family.

PS. Susan Miller, the daughter of Donald and Winnie MacLeod has posted the following comment (Alastair was taught by Donald MacLeod).
Alastair was like a son to Dad and Mum, the late Donald and Winnie MacLeod, and like a brother to Fiona and me. We will miss him sorely and he will always be in our thoughts. Our deepest sympathy to Alastair’s family.


Manawatu Appoint New Lead Side: Graeme Parker

October 27, 2010
Fraser McKenzie is on the right

Fraser McKenzie is on the right

Of course this means that Fraser McKenzie is retiring as lead side. I was surprised that Fraser had been lead side for 17 years. I assume he’ll continue as a player and run the NZ operations, much as Stuart Easton is doing with the pipers. Well done Fraser McKenzie.

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There are about 14,000 kilometres between the United Kingdom and home-base, but the Grade 1 Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band of Palmerston North, New Zealand, continues to diversify its roster with the appointment of Graeme Parker to Lead-Drummer.


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