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.
Royal National Mod entries - 2017
Posted: 25th May 2017
The Royal National Mòd Piping Entries are due in by Friday 7th July - this is an update from the Guide to the Games. The Royal National Mòd takes place in the this year from 13th-21th October 2017, with the piping competitions taking place on Saturday 14th October 2017 in Lochaber High School, Fort William. Entries for both junior and senior competitions must be submitted by Friday 7th July 2017 and can be done online http://www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/entryform
Piobaireachd Society Set Tunes for 2018
Posted: 4th April 2017
The set tunes for 2018 have now been announced by the Piobaireachd Society. Head over to their website to see the full list. http://www.piobaireachd.co.uk/archives/8844
2017/18 Season Gradings Closes soon!
Posted: 25th Nov. 2016
Just a reminder that the gradings for the 2017/18 clos on Wednesday 30th November. If you wish to submit a grading, you must be a member and submit it before this deadline.
Reminder -Autumn Solo Piping Judges' Seminar - This Sunday!
Posted: 14th Nov. 2016
The Autumn Judges Seminar from the Piobaireachd Society and the Solo Piping Judges’ Association (SPJA) will take place this Sunday, 20th November at The National Piping Centre and is free to all to attend. It will also be livestreamed from The National Piping Centre website - www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/livestream , with a watch again available a few days later. The main subject for discussion will be the set tunes for the Silver Medal competitions in 2017. These are tunes drawn from Book 16 and from the compositions of Pipe Major Donald MacLeod and so are unlikely to be well known. The seminar will be chaired by Jack Taylor and the discussions will be led by Andrew Wright (Book 16 tunes) and John Wilson (Donald MacLeod tunes) and some of the tunes will be illustrated on the pipes. It is hoped that this will be of interest to judges, competitors and teachers, as well as to the wider public. The agenda for the day, and approximate timings, are as follows: 13.00 to 14.30 Book 16 set tunes 14.30 to 15.00 Short break 15.00 to 16.30 Donald MacLeod set tunes All are welcome to attend, please just turn up - or tune in - shortly before 1pm.
SPSL London Competition 2016 - Draw Available
Posted: 12th Oct. 2016
This year's draw for the SPSL London Competition is now available over on their website. The Premier, A, B, C and Juvenile events are shown on separate sheets. The CLASP draw will be posted on the CLASP website. Competitors should note that all piobaireachd events will start at 8.30am. A schedule of competition times will be published nearer the event date. Late entries will not be accepted. Anyone who believes they have entered but are not shown in the draw should raise a query directly with Andrew Hall. This is the link to the draw: http://bit.ly/2e9sPGP
Autumn Solo Piping Judges' Seminar - Sunday 20 November
Posted: 11th Oct. 2016
The Solo Piping Judges' Association (SPJA) and the Piobaireachd Society have decided to adopt a different approach to their autumn judges' seminar this year. The seminar, which is free of charge, will be held in the auditorium at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow and will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. It will also be live streamed so that it may be viewed by those who cannot make it to Glasgow. Information on how to access the live stream will be circulated nearer the time. The main subject for discussion will be the set tunes for the Silver Medal competitions in 2017. These are tunes drawn from Book 16 and from the compositions of Pipe Major Donald MacLeod and so are unlikely to be well known. The seminar will be chaired by Jack Taylor and the discussions will be led by Andrew Wright (Book 16 tunes) and John Wilson (Donald MacLeod tunes) and some of the tunes will be illustrated on the pipes. It is hoped that this will be of interest to judges, competitors and teachers, as well as to the wider public. The agenda for the day, and approximate timings, are as follows: 13.00 to 14.30 Book 16 set tunes 14.30 to 15.00 Short break 15.00 to 16.30 Donald MacLeod set tunes
Captain John MacLellan Competition 2016 Results
Posted: 10th Oct. 2016
This weekend saw the annual Captain John MacLellan Competition once again take place at the Army School of Piping and Drumming in Edinburgh at what was a very well run competition. The results were as follows: P/A Piobaireachd 1 Faye Henderson, Scarce of Fishing 2 Peter McCalister, The Fingerlock 3 Mike Fitzhenry, Park Piobaireachd No.2 4 Jamie Forrester, The Vaunting 5 Gordon Bruce, The Big Spree Judges: Andrew Frater, Robert Wallace P/A MSR 1 Jonathan Greenlees 2 Craig Sutherland 3 Jamie Forrester 4 Steve Gray 5 Graham Drummond Judges: Ian Duncan, Iain McLellan B Piobaireachd 1 Bruce MacDonald 2 Jonathan Simpson 3 Steven Gray 4 Jamie Elder 5 Cameron McDougall Judges: Ronnie MacShannon, Stuart Samson B MSR 1 Calum Watson 2 Jonathan Simpson 3 Andrew Wilson 4 John MacDonald 5 Andrew Hall Judges: P/M Jimmy Banks, Colin MacLellan C Piobaireachd 1 Scott MacRae 2 Ben Mulhearn 3 Chris Lee 4 Connor Jardine 5 Andrew Bova Judges: Tom Speirs, Andrew Wright C MSR 1 Connor Jardine 2 Edward Gaul 3 Dan Nevans 4 Chris Lee 5 Scott McRae Judges: Walter Cowan, James Henderson Open H&J 1 Jamie Forrester 2 Craig Sutherland 3 Connor Jardine 4 Calum Watson 5 Cameron MacDougall/ Graham Drummond Judges: Ian Duncan, James Henderson, Iain McLellan, Tom Speirs, Robert Wallace Congratulations to all those who took part.
Captain John MacLellan Competition 2016
Posted: 5th Oct. 2016
The Draw for the Captain John MacLellan Competition, which takes place on Saturday 08 October is now live in the members area of the website. The Piobaireachd and March, Strathspey and Reel in all grades will start at 10.00. The Open Hornpipe & Jig will being at approx 14.00. Thank you to all who entered and Good Luck!