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


Pipeline Features Greg Wilson & the Manawatu Scottish PB

October 27, 2010

The piobaireachd this week is Lament for Islay Flora MacLeod, played byAngus MacColl in 1999.

Click here to listen.


2011 CNP Clasp and Gold Medal Tunes Announced

May 31, 2010

The Secretary of the Comunn na Piobaireachd NZ (CNP) Music Committee, Greg Wilson, today announced the Clasp and Gold Medal tunes for the 2011 contest to be held at the Hawke’s Bay Highland Games, Easter 2011. CNP has reintroduced an eight set tune list for the Clasp and Gold Medal after having an own choice competition in 2010. Click here for the full list, inclduing the Silver Medal.

Clasp Competition

  1. *The Battle of Sherrifmuir – PS Bk 15.
  2. MacKenzie of Applecross’ Salute – PS Bk 10.
  3. *The End of the Great Bridge – PS Bk 2.
  4. The Park Piobaireachd No 2 – PS Bk 4.
  5. His Father’s Lament for Donald MacKenzie – PS Bk 9.
  6. Lament for the Earl of Antrim – PS Bk 3.
  7. Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie – PS Bk 3.
  8. The Earl of Ross’s March – PS Bk 10.

* 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. *The MacNab’s Gathering – PS Bk 5.
2. The Battle of Strome – PS Bk 5.
3. Glengarry’s March – PS Bk 2.
4. The Kings Taxes – PS Bk 5.
5. *The Battle of Auldearn No 1 – PS Bk 2.
6. The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute – PS Bk 5.
7. The MacDougalls’ Gathering – PS Bk 5.
8. MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart – PS Bk 7.

* 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.


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


Greg Wilson Wins Clasp

September 5, 2008
This is fantastic news. Not only does he win the big prizes, but he is passing on his passion to so many NZ players.
clipped from www.pipesdrums.com

Inverness, Scotland – September 5, 2008 – The highlight of the second day of the Northern Meeting is the Clasp competition, considered by most to be the pinnacle award in solo piping, which Greg Wilson of New Zealand won for the third time in his career.

BBC Pipeline features Greg Wilson

May 5, 2008

Well worth a listen any time, but this week’s Pipeline features Greg Wilson. It also has performances of Munro’s Salute and Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel’s Salute from Breton piper Patrick Molard, some rip snorting playing from Stuart Liddell and other fantastic music. IMHO one of the more interesting programmes. Click here to listen.


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