Silver Medal MP3′s Available to Members: Corrienessan’s Lament & MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute

July 25, 2011

Members can access two MP3 files for the above tunes by clicking here.

You will need a password to get them – click here to send me an email and I’ll send you a password (as long as you are a member of course).


David Horsburgh Photo: 2011 NZ Piobaireachd Seminar Participants

June 7, 2011


Greg Wilson, Secretary of the CNP Music Committee, Announces 2012 Tunes

May 23, 2011

Clasp Competition

  1. John Garve MacLeod of Raasay’s Lament – PS Bk 5
  2. Lament for Ronald MacDonald of Morar – PS Bk 8
  3. Lady MacDonald’s Lament – PS Bk 8
  4. Lament for MacSwan of Roaig – PS Bk 1
  5. The Daughter’s Lament – PS Bk 6
  6. The Rout of the Lowland Captain – PS Bk 9
  7. Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie – PS Bk 3
  8. *Craigellachie – PS Bk 6

* beside a tune indicates a crunluath a mach variation is compulsory.
The winner receives the First Prize, the Louis MacKinnon Challenge Cup and a Clasp for the Gold Medal. The competition is confined to winners of the Society’s Gold Medal. Competitors are to submit 4 tunes chosen from the list of 8 Clasp tunes above, one of which they will be required to play. There must be a minimum of 3 competitors or the event will not be held.

Gold Medal Competition

  1. Lament for the Viscount of Dundee – PS Bk 1
  2. The Kings Taxes – PS Bk 5
  3. *The Princes Salute – PS Bk 1
  4. Rory MacLeod’s Lament – PS Bk 11
  5. The Daughter’s Lament – PS Bk 6
  6. *The Black Wedder’s White Tail – PS Bk 11
  7. *Lament for the Only Son – PS Bk 6
  8. Hail to My Country – D. MacLeod Bk 4

* beside a tune indicates a crunluath a mach variation is compulsory.
The winner receives the First Prize, The Highland Society of London Trophy for one year, and the Comunn na Piobaireachd (New Zealand) Inc Gold Medal. Former winners are not eligible to compete. Competitors are to submit 3 tunes chosen from the list of 8 Gold Medal tunes above, one of which they will be required to play.

Entry to the Gold Medal competition is restricted to pipers who have not previously won the Gold Medal event and who are:

a.    Pipers with a P&D Assn ‘A’ Grade, or
b.    Pipers who have been awarded a prize (other than first prize) in a previous Comunn na Piobaireachd Gold Medal competition since 1990, or
c.    Pipers who have previously won the Comunn na Piobaireachd Silver Medal competition.

No medal will be awarded if the judges are of the opinion that the standard does not warrant the award.

Silver Medal Competition

  1. MacLeod of Raasay’s Salutec – PS Bk 8
  2. Corrienessan’s Lament – PS Bk 14
  3. Lament for Sir James MacDonald of the Isles – PS Bk 7
  4. *The MacGregors’ Salute – PS Bk 10
  5. Lament for Donald of Laggan – PS Bk 8
  6. Catherine’s Lament – PS Bk 5

The winner receives the First Prize and the Comunn na Piobaireachd (New Zealand) Inc Silver Medal. Former winners are not eligible to compete. Competitors are to submit 3 tunes chosen from the list of 6 Silver Medal tunes above, one of which they will be required to play. Entry to the Silver Medal competition is restricted to pipers who have not previously won the Silver Medal event and who are Pipers with a P&D Assn ‘B’ Grade or lower. No medal will be awarded if the judges are of the opinion that the standard does not warrant the award.

PS = Piobaireachd Society Collection


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.


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.


Jack Taylor Reviews Bruce Gandy’s New CD

April 7, 2011

This is compilation of Bruce Gandy’s actual competition recordings of “The Big Spree,” “The Unjust Incarceration,” “The Rout of Glenfruin,” “The Battle of Waternish” and “Lord Lovat’s Lament.” Jack Taylor, the reviewer and current President of the Piobaireachd Society says that, “it works, because we are hearing top playing “in the raw,” with no chance of retakes, and the listener can sense the atmosphere, and the pressure, of the competition platform”.

ore than a scrapbook
Published: April 04, 2011
Author: Jack Taylor

UK Piobaireachd Society 2012 Lists Out

April 1, 2011

I think this is earlier than in the past, which is great as it enables pipers to get a head start on the tunes. It is also helpful in New Zealand as our Clasp, Gold and Silver Medal tunes are based on the UK list, so it allows the Comunn na Piobaireachd NZ Music Committee to get our list out early as well.

Amplify’d from www.piobaireachd.co.uk

The Piobaireachd Society recommends the following lists of tunes for competitions in 2012

Read more at www.piobaireachd.co.uk


NZ Piobaireachd Seminar with Dr Angus MacDonald & Greg Wilson : 24-28 April 2011

February 1, 2011

I went to the 2008 seminar at the same location and it was fantastic – four days of solid learning and excellent camaraderie. The really great thing about it was that it enabled me to concentrate, at the exclusion of all else, the learning of tunes, something I struggle with amongst the clutter of my day to day life and my propensity to procrastinate. Just as importantly, it’s a supportive environment where you are encouraged to play as well as you can, but in a non-competitive way.

In addition, you get to rub shoulders with great players, learning from them and discovering that they, like the rest of us, struggle with interpretation, the subtlety of the tunes and memorisation.

The seminar takes place at Makoura Lodge (see photo above of the 2008 seminar participants) near Feilding and is a short drive from Hastings (it takes place on the week following the Hawkes Bay Highland Games). Transport options will be notified soon.

The cost is $400, which includes accommodation, meals and tuition. This is very cheap for such an exceptional opportunity.

The retreat focuses on tunes from the 2012 CNP lists (not yet published) for Silver, Gold medals and Clasp tunes.

Please click here to contact Brendon Eade if you are interested (you’ll need to do that soon). You can also view the event on Facebook here.


Silver Medal Tunes Sung by Malcolm MacRae: Lament for Isla Flora MacLeod & Cronan Corrievreckan

December 20, 2010

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing Silver Medal tunes for the use of competitors at the Easter 2011 Comunn na Piobaireachd NZ competitions. They are sung by Malcolm MacRae and he gives the following advice as to their best use:

I have not set out to give a lesson on each tune, but rather have assumed that players will have teachers who will instruct in matters of technique.  I have said a little by way of introduction and then have sung the tune right through.  I recommend that folk who wish to learn the tunes should listen to the tune being sung and should try to get the way of the tune by ear before they spend time looking at the score, which should be treated as an aid to memorising and should be put aside as soon as possible.  I have found this method the most effective way of being able to play a tune successfully and quickly.  I do not favour too much playing on the practise chanter, other than for practising embellishments, and encourage the playing of the tune on the pipes as soon as the player has the way of the tune and has memorised it.

So far as teachers are concerned, they should be encouraged to conduct the pupil when the pupil plays the tune on the pipes.  Again, being conducted through the tune – plenty of hand and arm waving! This seems to me to be the most effective way of helping a pupil to appreciate the nuances of expression – lights and shades etc.

Click here to listen to the introduction to Lament for Isla Flora MacLeod. Click here to listen to the Lament for Isla Flora MacLeod as sung by Malcolm MacRae.

Click here to listen to the introduction to Cronan Corrievreckan. Click here to listen to the Cronan Corrievreckan as sung by Malcolm MacRae.

For a list of the 2011 Silver Medal tunes click here. If you want to save the files for use on your MP3 player or PC, right click and Save target (it might say link) as.

This material is not for resale or any commercial purpose.


Winifred ‘Winnie’ MacLeod Recently Passed Away

November 9, 2010
Pipes|Drums has more information, but we are all benefiting from her contribution in making available Donald MacLeod’s (her hudband) Piobaireachd recordings.
clipped from www.pipesdrums.com

Mrs. Winifred MacLeod, wife of the late Pip-Major Donald MacLeod, M.B.E., passed away November 5, 2010, after several months of ill health. Mrs. MacLeod is survived by daughters Susan and Fiona, and their extended family.

“Winnie” MacLeod was partner to her husband’s many successful years as a soldier, teacher, businessman and successful competitor. Following the untimely death of Donald MacLeod in 1982, it was Winnie who decided to make available his extensive library of recorded piobaireachd, and with the assistance of family and friends, assembled the 21 volumes of the series.

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