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


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