The CLASP at Chatsworth

The CLASP are delighted to team up again with the Chatsworth Country Fair and the RSPBA (London & South of England Branch)] The CLASP competition will be run on Saturday 3rd September 2016. The overall winner for each CLASP grade will receive a 3 day Seasonal School tuition voucher worth £160, which is kindly sponsored by The National Piping Centre. There are also National Piping Shop vouchers for all prize winners.

Here are the entry forms:

CLASP at Chatsworth Information

CLASP at Chatsworth Entry Form

The CLASP 2016/17 season is sponsored by Wallace Bagpipes.

Roddy MacLeod wins Silver Chanter in Skye

Congratulations to our Prinicpal, Roddy MacLeod MBE on his historic 7th Silver Chanter win in Skye on Wednesday 3rd August. The contest is held at Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod, and the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.

No-one has won more Silver Chanters than our principal now, with the competition starting in 1966.

Congratulations again Roddy, a fantastic achievement.

CLASP Workshop Weekend 14th & 15th October 2016

Due to the success of the April CLASP workshop weekend we are excited to announce that we will be holding another Workshop Weekend in October, at The National Piping Centre, open to any enthusiastic amateur bagpipers, which will further work on the tunes that you have chosen to play for competition.

The dates are Friday 14th and Saturday 15th of October.

We are still deciding full content, but there will be a chance to play your chosen tune(s) in front of our instructors and some guest instructors.

So far our guest instructors will include Willie McCallum and Dr. Jack Taylor, with more to be announced. Both Piobaireachd Set tunes, and light music will be worked on in small groups. This will allow students to gain as much individual attention as needed with their selected competition/performance tunes.

One of the confirmed afternoon topics will be a talk from Performance Psychologist, Fiona McConnachie. Tuning and 6/8 March and Jig playing are some other topics which will be covered over the two days.

Registration will open shortly – but get the dates in your diary now!

Inveraray CLASP 2016 Results

Piobaireachd
Grade 3
1st Stewart Allan
2nd William Copland

Grade 2
1st Andrea Zingg
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd George Gordon

Grade 1
1st Ian Graham
2nd Stewart Gaudin
3rd Gordon Hislop

2/4 March
Grade 3
1st William Copland

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st Con Houlihan
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd Stewart Allan

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Stewart Gaudin
2nd Gordon Hislop
3rd Ian Graham

Strathspey & Reel
Grade 3
1st William Copland

Grade 2
1st Stewart Allan
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd George Gordon

Grade 1
1st Stewart Gaudin
2nd Gordon Hislop
3rd Ian Graham

Overall CLASP Winners 2015/2016 Announced

Grade 3 overall winner – Colin Taylor
Grade 2 overall winner – Gill Cairns
Grade 1 overall winner – Gordon Hislop

The clasps will be presented to the winners on Thursday 11th August around 4.30pm in the Street Cafe, outside the National Piping Centre.

Congratulations to all!

The CLASP Results – Rosneath Highland Games

On a cold and slightly damp day at the Games, The CLASP Results from Rosneath Highland Games on Sunday 17th July were:

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
1st Robert Low
2nd Stewart Gaudin
3rd Gordon Hislop

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1st Gill Cairns
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd Janette Greenwood

Grade 3 Piobaireachd
1st Stewart Allan
2nd William Copland

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Robert Low
2nd Stewart Gaudin
3rd Gordon Hislop

Grade 1 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Robert Low
2nd Stewart Gaudin
3rd Gordon Hislop

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st Gill Cairns
2nd Stewart Allan
3rd George Gordon

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Con Houlihan
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd Stewart Allan

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1st William Copland

Grade 3 – Strathspey and Reel
1st William Copland

The CLASP – Results from Luss Highland Games

The CLASP Results from Luss Highland Games 2016:

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
1st Robert Low
2nd Robert Frater
3rd John Frater

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1st Gregor McCulloch
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd George Gordon

Grade 3 Piobaireachd
1st Colin Campbell

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1st Robert Frater
2nd Robert Low
3rd John Frater

Grade 1 – Stathspey and Reel
1st Robert Frater
2nd Gregor McCulloch
3rd John Frater

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1st George Gordon
2nd Helen Thomson

Grade 2 – Strathspey and Reel
1st Gill Cairns
2nd George Gordon
3rd Helen Thomson

Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping – Saltcoats

The Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping in Saltcoats incorporating The Colin McCallum Memorial Competition will be held in Auchenharvie Academy on Saturday, 15th October 2016.

Doors open 8.45 am
Event 8, Event 10, Event 11a, Event 11b, Event 13, Event 15b, will start at 9.30am prompt>

Event 15a, b & c – Piobaireachd – please note the playing requirements.

Should Event 16 – The Open Jig – reach 20 entries – it will be played in two heats and a final

Chanter Competitions : 6 Events
Piping Competitions : 14 Events including Open Jig
Trophies for all places – 67 in total
Plaques and Medals for minor places
There will also be trophies for Best Branch Pipers not in the Prizes

Entry Form

CLASP at Rosneath Highland Games – Sunday 17th July 2016

The Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (The CLASP) is delighted to be returning to Rosneath Highland Games on Sunday 17th July 2016.

Could all CLASP members register at the Piping Tent by 9.30am for a 10am start. Registration opens at 9am and you will be using one platform for CLASP events.

Here is a note from the Piper convener, Helen Campbell:
‘The field at Rosneath has been drained and gravel put down but should the weather be bad enough to cause flooding and the games are cancelled I have booked Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh as a back up on the same day. As the judges will be already booked we would still do CLASP as if we were doing it on one platform at the field’.

Please keep an eye on the games website for any updates on changes to the venue due to poor weather. http://www.rosneathgames.co.uk/

Directions to the Games Field
http://www.rosneathgames.co.uk/how-to-find-us

Order of play:
Grade 3 Piobaireachd (Own Choice)
William Copland
Stewart Allan

Grade 2 Piobaireachd (submit 2, play 1),
Con Houlihan
Andrea Zingg
Janette Greenwood
Gill Cairns
George Gordon

Grade 1 Piobaireachd (submit 2, play 1),
Stewart Gaudin
Robert Low
Ian Graham
Gordon Hislop
Grade 3 Light Music – 2/4 March Competition (Own Choice), Separate Strathspey & Reel Competition (Own Choice)
William Copland

Grade 2 Light Music – 2/4 March Competition (submit 2, play 1), Separate Strathspey & Reel Competition (own Choice)
Gill Cairns
George Gordon
Con Houlihan
Andrea Zingg
Stewart Allan

Grade 1 Light Music – 2/4 March Competition (submit 2, play 1), Separate Strathspey & Reel Competition (submit 2, play 1),
Stewart Gaudin
Gordon Hislop
Robert Low
Janette Greenwood
Ian Graham

Some events may run concurrently. Please check with your stewards on arrival for further information.

CLASP at Inveraray Highland Games – Tuesday 19th July 2016

The Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (The CLASP) is delighted to be returning to Inveraray Highland Games on Tuesday 19th July. The Games is located on the grounds of Inveraray Castle, with competition well-signposted from entry.

If you are competing, the Piping Convener, James Beaton, has asked if all competitors can check in by 1pm at the Piping Secretaries tent. You will then be informed of which boards the CLASP will take place on.

This is the order of play for the day:

Piobaireachd Events

Grade 3 Piobaireachd
Stewart Allan
William Copland

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
Andrea Zingg
George Gordon
Gill Cairns
Con Houlihan

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
Stewart Gaudin
Gordon Hislop
Ian Graham

Light Music Events

Grade 3 Light Music – 2/4 March and Strathspey & Reel
William Copland

Grade 2 Light Music – 2/4 March and Strathspey & Reel
Gill Cairns
Geroge Gordon
Stewart Allan
Con Houlihan
Andrea Zingg

Grade 1 Light Music – 2/4 March, Strathspey & Reel
Ian Graham
Stewart Gaudin
Gordon Hislop

Some of these events may run concurrently, please check with your stewards on arrival. Good luck to all competitors.