The Argyllshire Gathering's MacGregor Memorial Competition Goes Online for 2020
The MacGregor Memorial Competition takes place each year at the Argyllshire Gathering and is sponsored by the Highland Society of London and managed by the Piping Commitee of the Argyllshire Gathering. The winner in 2019 was Ruaridh Brown from Dunblane, pictured above.
Against the background of the Covid 19 pandemic a decision on whether to run the Gathering this year has not yet been taken. However, the Highland Society of London and the Argyllshire Gathering believe it is important that the MacGregor Memorial Competition should nonetheless go ahead this year online to give young pipers an
event on which to focus.
As competitors probably know the MacGregor Memorial Competition consists of two elements; firstly competitors are assessed on a tune chosen from their submiIed list and secondly from that initial run 8 competitors are selected for the final and asked to play a different tune chosen by the judges from their initial submission. Having considered the unreliability of live streaming it has been decided that the first stage will require competitors
to submit a video recording of their tune chosen by the judges for the first stage. The detailed requirements including the cut-off dates for the initial stage of the competition are set out below. Requirements for the second stage of the Competition will be published in due course.
1 The competition is open to all pipers under 22 on the date of the competiton.
2 Those already entered need not reapply.
3 Numbers will be capped at 30.
4 Four tunes of the competitor’s own choice to be submiIed.
5 The decision on whether the winner automatically qualifies for the 2021 Argyllshire
Gathering Silver Medal rests with the judges.
6 Timeline: Entries close June 30. Pipers will be notified shortly thereafter if they have been
successful or not. Tunes must be submiIed to the Piping Convenor by July 15. Tune selected
for performance issued to competitors July 22. Performance must be submiIed via YouTube
link by July 29; late entries not accepted.
7 Four pipers from each heat of 15 will go forward to a final. The date, time and format of
this to be announced later.
8 Dress as per Argyllshire Gathering rules. Read General Rules here https://www.pipingcompetiton.com/about
9 Entry is free. https://www.pipingcompetition.com/enter
10 The judges’ decisions are final.
11 Prizes are as intimated