Stuart Easton to Play at Wellington Pipers Club: Next Thursday, 14 July 7.30 pm

July 7, 2011

The Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band has some of the best soloist in the country and seven of them are coming to Wellington to perform for us next Thursday. In addition to Stuart Easton, we’ll be hearing from the following pipers:

  • Finlay Macgee (Wellington)
  • Ross Horsburgh (Wellington)
  • Douglas McGregor (Wanganui)
  • Chris Croton (Palmerston North)
  • William Rowe (Hunterville)
  • Revel McIntyre (Wanganui)

For those that don’t know, the Wellington Pipers’ Club will be held at the City of Wellington band hall in Hansen Street Newtown commencing at 7.30. The night will finish at 9.30pm , so it’s an all ages event!


Levin Emerging Players Competition This Saturday: Draw

June 24, 2011

The draw is available. Click here to view.


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.


1st Wellington Pipers Club Night for 2011 this Thursday

February 7, 2011

The Next club night under our new format night will be held at the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, Hansen St Newtown on Thursday February 10 at 7.30pm.
Featured players will include:

  • Grant Shearer
  • Brian Waugh
  • George Mason

Entry fee is $5 for non club members and no charge to financial club members.

The New Club Night Format

Regular monthly week night meetings (excluding December and January). Structured programme from 7.30pm – 9.3-pm to include up to 6 players interspersed with periods of fellowship and announcements. The players will, it is hoped, include pipers of all levels, learners, veterans and competing soloists playing short selections with a concluding longer item. 2nd Thursday of each month at the City of Wellington Band hall.
Subscriptions
A reminder that the club activities and its support for piping in Wellington depends on club member subscriptions. If you have not paid your subscription please do so to the Treasurer Finn Macgee $15. Your subscription can be posted to the Secretary Wellington Pipers Club P O Box 29-086, Wellington. We have enjoyed great support from the City of Wellington Pipe band over many years who, not surprisingly, require a contribution to the ongoing maintenance of their hall. This is what your door money goes to paying on a club night. The balance of your subscriptions goes to funding our annual competitions, the Brown cup, Everest Piobaireachd and our emerging player’s events at Levin. The club is now a registered charity and any donations to the club qualify for a tax rebate and will be greatly appreciated.

E Mail Address
If you have an e-mail address, and would like to receive the club newsletter electronically can you please advise Ross Hanning at rjhanning @xtra.co.nz


Wellington Pipers’ Club Revival Announced

October 11, 2010

Ross Hanning, the President of the Wellingotn Pipers’ Club, today announced that the Club would be trialling a new format, copied from the  Eagle Pipers Club in Edinburgh. He advised that the next club night will be held on Thursday 11 November at 7.00pm. The features of the new format would be:

  • Regular monthly week night meetings (excluding December and January)
  • Structured programme from 7.30pm – 9.3-pm to include up to 6 players interspersed with periods of fellowship and announcements.  The players will, it is hoped, include pipers of all levels, learners, veterans and competing soloists playing short selections with a concluding longer item.
  • The proposed first new style meeting will be Thursday 11th  November 2010 at the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall in Hanson street, Wellington   Meetings will recommence on   10 February 2011 and on the second Thursday of each month thereafter.

Entry fee is $5 for non club member and no charge to club members.
The Clubs annual City of Wellington Cup competition will be held on Thursday 11th November. This trophy, donated to the club by PM Allan Guild, is a slow march and march competition and is open to any non A grade player who is a member of a band.  The judge for the event will be John Hanning of Wellington.  This event will commence at 7.00pm to be followed by the Pipers’ Club programme as above. There is no entry fee for this event.

If you are intending to enter the event can you please contact Ross Hanning by clikcinh here.


Easton Makes it three in a Row

June 14, 2010

Stuart Easton of Palmerston North, for the third year in a row, was the winner of the all the top prizes at the Wellington Pipers Club annual competitions.

Everest Memorial Piobaireachd

  1. Stuart Easton – In Praise of Morag
  2. Marion Horsburgh – Lament for Patrick Og MaCrimmon
  3. Brendon Eade – Lament for Donald Dughal Mackay
  4. Sandy Dalziel – MacLeod of Rassay’s Salute

Brown Cup

(slow air, march strathspey & reel and Jig & Hornpipe)

  1. Stuart Easton
  2. Brendon Eade
  3. Gary Watt
  4. William Rowe

In addition Stuart won the N & A McPhee Memorial tray for the march strathspey and reel judged as part of the Brown Cup.

The judges for both events were Ross & Alistair Hanning.


The Brown Cup: Sat June 12: Police College

April 27, 2010

The Wellington Pipers Club will be holding its annual Everest Memorial Piobaireachd and Brown Cup Competitions on Saturday June 12 2010, at the Royal New Zealand Police College, Papakowhai, Porirua.

The Judging panel for both events will be senior club members Alistair Hanning of Auckland and Ross Hanning of Wellington.

The Prize money for both events is as follows: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $75 & 4th $ 50. The fourth prize will be awarded only if there are at least 8 competitors.

The Everest Memorial and Brown Cup competition has an entry fee of $8 and is open to all financial club members. Anyone interested in competing who is not already a financial member of the Club can join the club for $15. The Everest Memorial Piobaireachd competition commemorates Past President Bob Everest.  Competitors will be required to submit three tunes of their own choice one of which will be selected by the judges to play.  This competition will commence at 9.30am. (Times may change depending on entries)

The Brown Cup competition The Brown Cup was donated by former Club Patron WG Brown and requires competitors to play a march, strathspey and reel, jig and hornpipe and a slow air of their own choice with a maximum of two tuning breaks.  The Strathspey and Reel will be judged as a separate event within the Brown Cup and the winner will receive the Neil and Alan McPhee Memorial Tray and a bottle of Glenfiddich Single malt. This competition will commence at 1.30pm. (Times may change depending on entries).


Entries to the Competition Organiser, Wellington Pipers Club Inc, P O Box 29-086, Wellington. Please include your name, email address, mobile number and entry fees ($8 for each event plus club member ship of $15 if necessary).


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