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

Scots Guards Club – August Recitals

There will be two fantastic recitals in August at the Scots Guards Club, Edinburgh.

On Sunday 21 August, James Murray will perform. The event starts at 4pm, with a curry after. Tickets are £10.00 and available on the door.

Then on Tuesday 30 August Bruce Gandy will play for us. This mid-week event will being at 7.30pm. Again, tickets £10.00 with curry after and are available on the door.

Piping Instructor Vacancies – Two Teachers Wanted!

The National Piping Centre is now recruiting for x2 full time piping teachers.

The successful applicants will be required to teach students of all ages and abilities and to take a full part in the varied activities and developmental work of The National Piping Centre. Occasional travel abroad in order to teach in workshops and summer schools will also be a requisite part of this job. The ability to perform in public to a high standard is a desirable attribute for this post.

Appointments at The National Piping Centre will be subject to satisfactory clearance through the Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. The National Piping Centre will arrange and pay for an application to be made.

A job description can be found below or can be requested from Hayley McInnes, Email: hmcinnes@thepipingcentre.co.uk – Tel: 0141 353 0220.

To apply, please submit a Curriculum Vitae to hmcinnes@thepipingcentre.co.uk or send it by mail to The Principal, The National Piping Centre, 30-34 McPhater St, Cowcaddens, Glasgow, G4 0HW.

The closing date for applications is Monday 25th July 2016 at 5.00pm, with interviews to be carried out later that week.

Job Description – Piping Teachers July 2016

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.

CLASP at The Army School of Piping – June 2016

Photo by Alister Sinclair
Here are the full results from the CLASP’s competition at the Army School of Piping in Edinburgh on Saturday 18 June.
Pictured is Robert Frater, winner of grade 1 Piobaireachd, with judge Tom Speirs. Photo by Alister Sinclair

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

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1st Gill Cairns
2nd Tom Broderick
3rd Gregor McCulloch

Grade 3 Piobaireachd
1st Stewart Allan
2nd Bianca Kail
3rd Robert Thomson

Grade 3-Piobaireachd Ground
1st George McCall
2nd Bianca Kail
3rd Alfred Graf

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

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

Grade 1 – Jig
1st Robert Low
2nd John Frater
3rd Gregor McCulloch

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

Grade 2 – Strathspey & Reel
1st George Gordon
2nd Gill Cairns
3rd Stewart Allan

Grade 2 – Jig
1st Gill Cairns
2nd George Gordon
3rd Helen Thomson

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1st Colin Taylor
2nd Bianca Kail
3rd George McCall

Grade 3 – Strathspey & Reel
1st Colin Taylor
2nd Bianca Kail
3rd George McCall

Grade 3 – Jig
1st Bianca Kail
2nd Colin Taylor
3rd Andrew Richardson