Greg Wilson Wins Clasp at Hawkes Bay: Update

April 5, 2010

Check out PBnews.co.nz for details.

Greg Wilson won the 2010 Comunn na Piobaireachd Gold Clasp, the premier Piobaireachd event in NZ,  at the 60th Hawke’s Bay Easter Highland Games held over the weekend.

Scott Kennedy won the Comunn na Piobaireachd Gold Medal.

Angus Hawke won the Comunn na Piobaireachd Silver Medal.

More results will be posted when they become available.


Set Tunes for 2010: Clasp & Gold Own Choice Tunes

April 20, 2009

Greg Wilson, the Secretary of the CNP Music Committee, today announced the 2010 tunes to be played at the 2010 Hawkes Bay Highland Games.

Clasp Competition

Competitors are to submit six (6) tunes of their own choice, one of which they will be asked to play. 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. There must be a minimum of 3 competitors or the event will not be held.

Gold Medal Competition

Competitors are to submit four (4) tunes of their own choice, one of which they will be asked to play. 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. Entry to the Gold Medal competition is restricted to pipers who have not previously won the Gold Medal event and who are:

  1. Pipers with a P&D Assn ‘A’ Grade, or
  2. Pipers who have been awarded a prize (other than first prize) in a previous Comunn na Piobaireachd Gold Medal competition since 1990, or
  3. 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. The Garden of Roses – DM Bk 1
  2. Lament for the Rowan Tree – DM Bk 1
  3. Weighing from Land – PS Bk  2
  4. You’re Welcome, Ewen Lochiel – PS Bk  2
  5. Fair Honey – PS Bk  9
  6. Corrienessan’s Salute – PS Bk  8

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.

DM = Donald MacLeod’s Collection of Piobaireachd Book 1
PS = Piobaireachd Society Collection


Henderson/Wilson Seminar on 2009 Clasp & Gold Medal Tunes

February 13, 2008

The 2008 Piobaireachd Seminars will take place during the week after Easter 2008 and will be on the set list tunes for 2009. This will be a residential ‘Master Class’ programme for senior and advanced players in the set tunes for the 2009 CNP Gold Medal and Clasp competitions and in set tunes for the comparable Scottish competitions in August and September 2008. Cost: $300-$350 (approx).

The seminar commences at noon on Monday 24th March and concludes mid afternoon on Thursday 27th March at Makoura Lodge in Apiti.  The total cost to you is a heavily subsidised at $350 and  includes all meals, accommodation and tuition. We  need to finalise numbers so would appreciate if you can confirm your  desire to attend.  We are currently taking deposits of $100 to secure places.   Can you please make your cheques payable to Comunn Na Piobaireachd and post  them to Comunn Na Piobaireachd, PO Box 5421, Wellington 6145 (email me if you want to pay the $100 directly into the bank account and I’ll send you the details).

Please let Marion Horsburgh know if you require transport or if you are able to offer to assist with transport to and/or from Apiti.


Henderson & Wilson Engaged to Run Seminars

October 31, 2007

Comunn na Piobaireachd NZ today announced the appointment of Murray Henderson and Greg Wilson to teach at a series of Piobaireachd Seminars in 2008. These seminars will take place during the week after Easter 2008 and will be on the set list tunes for the following year, 2009.

The first session will be held on the 24th to the 27th of March in Apiti (near Feilding). This will be a residential ‘Master Class’ programme for senior and advanced players in the set tunes for the 2009 CNP Gold Medal and Clasp competitions and in set tunes for the comparable Scottish competitions in August and September 2008. Cost: $300-$350 (approx). Transport will be available from Hastings to Apiti and from Apiti to Palmerston North or Wellington.

There will be a one day seminar for teachers of Piobaireachd on the 28th of March at no charge in Christchurch. This will be followed by a two day seminar, also in Christchurch, for intermediate players on the set tunes for the 2009 Silver Medal competition. Cost: $100-$200 (approx).

Expressions of interest in attending the Gold Medal and Clasp seminars – return to George Mason george.mason@dol.govt.nz. Expressions of interest in attending the teachers’ seminar or the Silver Medal seminar – return to Don Smith dsmith23@xtra.co.nz.


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