Iain Robertson Wins Both the Everest Piobaireachd & Brown Cup

June 11, 2012

The Wellington Pipers Club held its premier piping competitions the Brown Cup and Everest Piobaireachd at the Royal New Zealand Police College on Saturday June 9th.
Judges for both events were senior club members John Hanning and Iain Hines.


Everest Piobaireachd

  1. Iain Robertson, Palmerston North,     The End of the Great Bridge
  2.  Stuart Easton, Palmerston North,       Lament for Captain McDougall
  3.  Marion Horsburgh, Wellington,   Colin Roy McKenzies Lament
  4. Andrew Edwards, Paraparaumu  To Long in the This Condtion

Brown Cup ( march, strathspey, reel, jig, hornpipe, slow air)

  1. Iain Robertson, Palmerston North, (John, McColls March to Kilbowie Cottage, Cameronian, Rant, Smith of Chillchassie, Jimmy Blue, Rakes of Kildare)
  2. Marion Horsburgh, Wellington
  3. Stuart Easton, Palmerston North
  4. Stu McKenzie,  Wellington

Celtic Inn Targe (Piobaireachd) Won by Jamie Hawke. Colin Craig Claidhmor Won By Stuart Easton.

May 26, 2012

Jamie played Lament for the Earl of Antrim. Stuart Easton was second with Unjust Incarceration and Iain Robertson was third with Lament for the Children.

Stuart Easton was first in the Claidhmor, Liam Kernahan was second and Marion Horsburgh third.

Each competitor in the Claidhmor played a Don Sargent tune. Don was there and enjoyed the tribute.

Brown Cup: Entries Close 25 May

May 21, 2012

The Brown Cup (Open Light Music) and the Everest Memorial Open Piobaireachd.

To be held at the Royal New Zealand Police College, Papakowhai, Porirua.

The Wellington Pipers Club will be holding its annual Everest Memorial Piobaireachd and Brown Cup Competitions on Saturday June 9 2012.

The Judging panel for both events will be senior club members Mr John Hanning and Mr Iain Hines of Wellington.  If entries warrant, two boards will operate and an additional panel advised.

The Prize money for both events is as follows:

1st $175   2nd $125 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 for each event 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 March 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.

This competition will commence at 1.30pm. (Times may change depending on entries)

Please forward entries to:

The Competition Organiser
Wellington Pipers Club Inc
P O Box 29-086

Please include your name, email address, mobile phone number and the events you wish to enter.

Further information can be obtained from Ross Hanning at rjhanning@xtra.co.nz or 04 4795-605 (accommodation can be arranged for competitors if required).

Frewen Wins RU Brown Clasp in Adelaide, Horsburgh 2nd

May 8, 2012

Click here for the detailed results.

Wellington Details Piobaireachd Seminar: 12 & 13 May

May 2, 2012

Venue: Scots College Wellington. 1 Monorgan Road, Strathmore, Wellington.  Ground floor of the new arts block – entrance alongside the assembly hall directly from the carpark.

Time 9.15am to 4.30pm both days.

What to bring.

  • Pipes, chanter, a positive attitude.
  • Something to drink and food for the day (there will be nothing supplied) – there will be time to go to the Strathmore shops for lunch if you would prefer to buy something.

Payment if you haven’t already done it online. If you are already a member of CNP then the cost is $30.  If not a member of CNP then you will need to pay a $25 joining fee as well (ie $55 in total).  For the learner group who are doing Sunday only the cost is $15 plus $25 membership.
We will focus on some of the 2013 Gold and Silver Medal tunes, and provide music for these.  You are also welcome to bring your own music if there is a particular tune you would like some help with.

Draft Programme.

9.15 – Meet and introductions

9.30 – Break into Gold and Silver Medal groups to run over the tunes.  Everyone will choose a tune to learn; if you make good progress you could aim to learn two or more tunes over the weekend.

10.30- Break

10.50 – 12.30 One on one sessions and individual learning time.

1.30 – Group session – sing over the tunes.

2.00 – One on One sessions and individual learning time.

3.00 – Break

3.15 – Performance, discussion and feedback.

4.30 – Finish.

Sunday’s programme will be similar with the addition of a learner group covering Struan Robertson’s Salute.


Members of CNP will have access to recordings of the tunes (singing, explaining and playing by top pipers) through the CNP website.  Once you have paid let me know so I can send you the password.

If you have any further queries please contact Marion Horsburgh – (04) 473 6710  or marion@srm.co.nz

UK Piobaireachd Society 2013 Set Tunes Announced

May 2, 2012

Click here to view the Society’s web site.

Click here to view Pipes|Drums coverage of the tunes.

The Tunes are:

The Blue Ribbon – PS 5, K
Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy – PS 8, K
The Old Men of the Shells – PS 7, K
Ronald MacDonald of Morar’s Lament – PS 8, K
In Praise of Morag – PS 1, K
The Prince’s Salute – PS 1, K
Isabel Mackay – PS 6, K
Lady MacDonald’s Lament – PS 8, K

The Battle of Bealach nam Brog – PS 9
Clanranald’s Salute – PS 7, K
MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart’s Lament (No. 2) – PS 6, K
The MacDonalds are Simple – PS 9
Nameless (Hiharin odin, hiharin dro) (Angus Mackay’s MS) – PS 5, K
The Rout of Glenfruin – PS 8, K
The Vaunting – PS 7, K
The Young Laird of Dungallon’s Salute – PS 10

Duntroon’s March – PS 14
Fair Honey – PS 9
Grain in Hides and Corn in Sacks – PS 5, K
Lady Anapool’s Lament – PS 9
Melbank’s Salute – PS 14
Lord MacDonald’s Lament – PS 13
All the Old Men paid rent but Rory – PS 11
The Parading of the MacDonalds – PS 7, K

PS = Piobaireachd Society Collection K = Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor

May 12 & 13 Piobaireachd Seminar: Tunes Available for Download

April 29, 2012

The following tunes are to be covered at the seminar (in both Christchurch and Wellington). They are from CNP’s audio collection and as a result the sound quality is not always brilliant. They will form part of the CNP published list for 2013; the full list will be published once the Piobaireachd Society (UK) publish their list. Click HERE to take you to the download page. You will need a password to access them and to get the password you need to be a member. Contact me for the password by clicking here.

Silver Medal
Too Long in this Condition- Bob Brown
Too Long in this Condition- Bob Nicol
The Little Spree – Bob Brown
The Little Spree – Bob Nicol
Struan Robertson’s Salute

Gold Medal
Beloved Scotland – Bob Brown
Beloved Scotland – Bob Nicol
I got a Kiss of the Kings Hand
The Young Laird of Dungallon’s Salute
Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy

Bells of Perth – Bob Brown
Bells of Perth – Bob Nicol
The Lament for  Donald Duaghal MacKay
The Vaunting
The Big Spree