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  • Silver Medal Qualifying - Update

    Posted: 18th Dec. 2018

    Following the announcement by the Competing Pipers’ Association at the end of ...

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  • Silver Medal New Qualifying Process Announced

    Posted: 29th Nov. 2018

    New Silver Medal Qualifying Procedure In Place New Qualifications process for 2019 season fulfilling 2020 AG and NM Silver Medals For the past year, The Competing Pipers’ Association, in conjunction with the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meetings have developed a new qualifying procedure for competitors to gain places in the Silver Medal events. This new method will give clarity to the competitors so that they understand how they gain entry, as well as providing more transparency on the eligibility process. This qualifying procedure will begin in the 2019 season, with competitors qualifying for the following year’s Silver Medals in 2020. The formula that has been devised has a number of different channels including through a series of competitions throughout the season in a calendar year that will act as qualifiers. At the end of the season (London Championship) every player would know whether they have successfully qualified for the following year or not. This would be very much like the A/P players after the Northern Meeting knowing if they will have an invitation to the Glenfiddich Championship. The following formula would make up the competitors for the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting Silver Medals. The proposed series of events would be 1) Silver Medal placed competitors from the previous year 2) All A- players 3) Winners of B Graded Piobaireachd contests in the current year 4) B Grade League table placings The competitions in which taking a first place and earning a guaranteed spot in the following years Silver Medals will be, Kansas City, Winterstorm Duncan Johnstone BC Indoors Highlands and Islands Blair Atholl Roseneath Inveraray Perth MacGregor Memorial (AG) Cowal Blairgowrie Captain John MacLellan Memorial London Championships Using this formula, it is felt that this will deliver the best/most consistent players qualified each year to compete in a strong competition. This system will also allow for fluctuations in numbers across multiple event winners, Silver Medal placings and A- players to ensure a full complement of 26 players each year. As part of this, the CPA encourages pipers to compete at all Highland Games events and piping competitions, not just the CPA graded ones, to improve their track record and get experience of competing. CPA President, Glenn Brown said: This was no easy task coming up with this new system. The CPA committee spent a long time thinking this through, but we feel that it is the fairest way possible for all competitors to gain entrance to the Silver Medals at the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting. With 65 B grade players, it’s very difficult for the CPA and Joint Committee coming up with the list of who gets into the medals each year. This lays out the exact method in which the player will get into the Silver Medals. Essentially, every competitors fate is in their own hands. We understand that this first year will have a learning curve and are prepared to take action where needed in the future. Northern Meeting Convenor of Piping, Alan Forbes said: "The proposed new qualification process seems fair and transparent and will have the added benefit of letting Silver Medal qualifiers know where they stand much earlier than in the past." Argyllshire Gathering Piping Secretary, Torquil Telfer said: The Argyllshire Gathering is of the view that this positive proposal is both transparent and fair, each competitor is aware of the qualification process in advance. We encourage competing pipers to join the association, however, this structure is also open to non-members The member grading process for all competing pipers is open until Thursday 30th November on the Competing Pipers’ Association website.

  • Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition 2018 - Sat 10th March

    Posted: 20th Dec. 2017

    The date for the Duncan Johnstone Memorial Competition will be Saturday 10th March 2018 at The National Piping Centre. This event is run by The National Piping Centre in collaboration with the Competing Pipers’ Association, and is of B and C graded solo players. Entries will be taken through the CPA website and will open nearer the time. There are some changes to this year's event, so please log in and find out the full information from the Members section of the website.

  • 2018 Premliminary Gradings now available for members

    Posted: 14th Dec. 2017

    The preliminary gradings for 2018 are now available on the website, so log in to see them. This means that the appeals process is now open. If you would like to appeal, please email your submission to the secretary. The deadline for appeals is that you can put in an appeal from any time now until they close on Friday 12th January 2018. Results of the appeals will be communicated to members by Monday 19th January, in time for the Oban and Inverness entry deadlines on 31st January.

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The CPA exists to represent the world's competitive solo piping community in Scotland. Our objectives are :

  • To promote and encourage solo piping.
  • To improve the status of competing pipers.
  • To improve the conditions of competitions and public performance for solo pipers.
  • To foster a spirit of comradeship among members.

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Helen Wilkinson

Jonathan Greenlees

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