Switalla Wins RU Brown Piobaireachd: Updated

Brian Switalla

Brian Switalla

The 8th-10th of May saw the weekend of the R U Brown Piobaireachd Society of South Australia Gold medal Competition. This has proved to be a hugely successful event with the largest field yet competing for prizes over several grades.

The 8th of May saw the commencement of the weekend with a Recital given by Adam Britten of Western Australia, David Welsh from Wellington, Andrew Fuller from South Australia and Lewis Turrell from New Zealand who was to be the senior Judge for the following days events. The recital was well attended and an entertaining night was had by all with a good chance to catch up with old and new friends alike.

The Competition was held on the 9th May with the Gold Medal being won this year by Brian Switalla of New Zealand with a masterful interpretation of Donald Dougall MacKay and a magnificent instrument. The weekend cuminated with a series of seminars on Monday the 10th May run my Lewis Turrell.

David Welsh, from Wellington, came second in the silver medal piobaireachd to Jonathon Quay from Victoria. Click here for the full results.

The R. U. Brown Piobaireachd Society of South Australia was established in 1972 after the inspirational visit of Pipe Major R. U. Brown.


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